Valentina Aquila, Assistant Professor

I am an assistant professor in Environmental Science at American University. I use Earth System models to understand the role of atmospheric aerosols in the Earth's system, with a focus on the stratosphere. I received a master in Physics from the University of Genoa, Italy, and a PhD in Meteorology from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. I was a postdoctoral researcher at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and John Hopkins University before joining American University in 2017. 

Master students


Stephanie Braddock

Master Student - Environmental Science

Stephanie is a graduate student at American University, pursuing a Master in Environmental Science. She received a BS in Physics and a BA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from The George Washington University. She is interested in the links between humans and the environment, and her current work involves studying the impact of vegetation on particulate matter in urban environments.

Giorgio Doglioni - Triennale -

Giorgio Doglioni

Master Student - Physics (University of Trento, Italy)

Giorgio is a master student at the University of Trento, co-advised by Prof. Aquila. His master research focuses on the contribution of the 2017 Pacific Northwest pyroCb to the stratospheric composition and dynamics. He was supposed to visit American University in the summer of 2020, but COVID happened. 


Josh Rivera

Master Student - School of Public Affair

Josh is pursuing a master at American University School of Public Affair. He is working on establishing air pollution level in the Buzzard Point neighborhood of Washington, DC using low cost air quality sensors.

Undergraduate students


Emily Dolan

Undergraduate student - International and Environmental Studies 2021

Emily is working on identifying air pollution sources on the American University campus using portable air quality monitors.


Joseph Minnich

Undergraduate Student - Physics 2021

Identifying the signal of COVID-19 lockdowns on urban air quality using low-cost air quality sensors.

Kira Fontana

Undergraduate Student - Biology 2022

Classification of worldwide COVID-19 government responses and air quality impacts.

Colleen Baldwin 

Undergraduate Student - Physics and Computer Science 2021

Latitudinal and seasonal dependance of the climate impacts of volcanic eruptions. 

Fan Tai Bridges

Undergraduate Student - Environmental Science 2021

Analysis of American University energy consumption data.  

Nicki Mukherjee

Undergraduate Student - Environmental Science and Mathematics 2018

Impacts of volcanic eruptions on the NASA GEOS Seasonal-to-Subseasonal Forecasting system.