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 and wildfires.
  • Impacts of aerosol trends on regional climate.
  • Oxidation capacity of paleo atmospheres.
  • Current and recent students and postdocs advised by Dr. Mickley include Ploy Pattanun Achakulwisut, Tom Breider, Daniel Cusworth, Shannon Koplitz, Jonathan Moch, Lu Shen, and Lei Zhu. For all alumni, go here.

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

      In the News

    • April 2017: Lu Shen creates a cool interactive online tool for tracking U.S. ozone trends and variability in summer.

    • March 2017: Loretta serves on a review panel for the National Academy of Sciences, and the outcome is noticed.

    • September 2016: Shannon Koplitz's new paper on the health impacts from the massive 2015 haze event in Equatorial Asia is out and receives attention from around the world. The study is named one of the top papers in ERL for 2016.

    • August 2016: Our new paper predicting increased frequency of "smokewaves" from wildfires in the western U.S. due to climate change gets press here and elsewhere.

    • April 2016: Lu Shen devises a more robust method to predict ozone episodes in the future climate, and his paper receives media attention here, here, and here.

    • 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 paper on the U.S. warming hole receives renewed attention in the aftermath of the Third National Climate Assessment.

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

    • 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 in diverse places for a joint project with Stonybrook that investigated the impact of kudzu invasion in the Southeast US on soil NOx emissions and surface ozone.

    • December 2009: The EPA releases their endangerment finding that CO2 and other greenhouse gases threaten public health and welfare. The accompanying Technical Support Document (TSD) cites our research. [May 2017. This EPA site has vanished, but the TSD has been preserved here.]

    • 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.