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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. 

Postdocs

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Matteo Trolese

Matteo received a PhD in Geology from Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Rome, Italy. Matteo is currently funded by NASA to implement a plume parameterization in the GEOS Earth's System Model.

Undergraduate students

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James Alvarez

Environmental Science 2022

Impacts of fire driven thunderstorms (pyroCbs) on stratospheric composition

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Riddah Shaikh

Environmental Science 2025

Representation of volcanic plumes in the MERRA-2 reanalysis

Master students

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Duncan Hill

Sustainability Management 2022

Carbon dioxide removal using biochar.

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Lynn Heller

Global Environmental Policy 2022

Measurements of PM concentrations in the Brentwood neighborhood in Washington DC.

Alumni

Stephanie Braddock - MS Environmental Science 2022

Local variations in PM concentrations

Josh Rivera - Master of Public Policy 2022

PM concentrations in Buzzard Point, Washington DC

Emily Dolan - BA Environmental Studies 2022

Measuring PM on the AU campus with a portable air quality monitor

Cole Hiser - BA Environmental Studies 2022

Impacts of roadside vegetation on PM concentrations

Kruttika Gopal - BA Environmental Studies 2023

Relationship between the density of air quality monitors, pollution, and neighborhood socioeconomic characteristics.

Laura Dudek - BA Environmental Studies 2024 

Energy consumption of American University buildings.

Giorgio Doglioni - MS Physics (University of Trento, Italy) 2021

Impacts of pyroCb events on stratospheric meteorology.

Joseph Minnich - BS Physics 2021

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

Kira Fontana - BS Biology 2022

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

Colleen Baldwin - BS Physics and Computer Science 2021

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

Fan Tai Bridges - BS Environmental Science 2021

Analysis of American University energy consumption data.  

Nicki Mukherjee - BS Environmental Science and Mathematics 2018

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

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