Aaron Lamplugh


Tropospheric Chemistry



I specialize in the measurement of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), as well as chemical exposure risk estimation. I am a member of the NOAA tropospheric chemistry VOC group, and work with the NOAA atmospheric gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer (GC-MS).


B.S. Mechanical Engineering - University of Alabama Birmingham (2012)
M.S. Mechanical Engineering - University of Colorado Boulder (2017)
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering - University of Colorado Boulder (2019)


My research focuses on VOC emissions from a range of sources (biomass burning, personal care products, transportation, industry, oil and gas, etc.). I am interested in all of the ways that VOCs impact the environment, air quality, and human health.

Current Topics

  • Changes in VOC emissions due to COVID-19 restrictions in Boulder, CO
  • VOC emissions from biomass burning in western wildfires and southeastern agricultural fires
  • Urban VOC emissions from megacities
  • Potential health impacts of smoke exposure from western wildfires
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

last modified: January 21, 2022