Loretta J. Mickley
Senior Research Fellow
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard University
29 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
phone: 617-496-5635
mickley at fas dot harvard dot edu
mickley at seas dot harvard dot edu

Loretta Mickley co-leads the Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling Group at Harvard. Her research focuses on chemistry-climate interactions in the troposphere. She seeks to understand how short-lived gases and particles affect climate and how climate, in turn, influences atmospheric composition. Key topics:

  • Effects of climate change on smog episodes.
  • Impacts of aerosol trends on regional climate.
  • Oxidation capacity of paleo atmospheres.
  • Current students and postdocs working with Dr. Mickley include Pattanun (Ploy) Achakulwisut, Tom Breider, Dan Cusworth, Shannon Koplitz, Jonathan Moch, Lu Shen, and Lei Zhu. For past students and postdocs, go here.

    See also . . . Research . . . Publications . . . CV. . . Info for Students.

      In the News

    • January 2015: Lei Zhu is in the news for his work using satellite data to infer large emissions of anthropogenic volatile organic compounds from the petrochemical industry near Houston, Texas.

    • May 2014: Eric Leibensperger's work on the U.S. warming hole receives renewed attention in the aftermath of the National Climate Assessment.

    • Summer 2013: Xu Yue's work on climate change, wildfires, and future air quality in the western United States is in the news.

    • May 2012: Our research on the US warming hole is featured as the Image of the Day on NASA's Earth Observatory website.

    • Winter 2012: Our study showing the impact of changing aerosols on regional climate in the eastern United States draws attention at the New York Times and NASA.

    • Spring 2010: We get press for a project investigating the impact of kudzu invasion in the Southeast US on soil NOx emissions and surface ozone.

    • December 2009: The EPA cites our work in the Technical Support Document for their landmark finding that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases threaten public health and welfare.

    • Summer 2009: Dominick Spracklen is in the news for our work on future wildfires and air quality.

    • Winter 2005: We get press for our research on the impact of climate change on stagnation frequency and smog.