Brian McDonald

Environmental Engineer

Atmospheric Composition Modeling

NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory
325 Broadway, R/CSL4
Boulder, CO 80305 USA




Dr. McDonald is an Environmental Engineer at the NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory in Boulder, CO. Prior to arriving in Colorado, he received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and Master’s in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a CIRES visiting postdoctoral fellow and received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineering in 2019. His expertise is on developing emission inventories of energy and urban systems, assessments of air quality trends, and regional air quality modeling.


Ph.D.      Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2014
M.P.P.     Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, 2011
M.S.        Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2011
B.S.         Civil & Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2008
B.A.         Economics, Virginia Tech, 2008


Emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases from urban, energy, and transportation systems, atmospheric modeling, and satellite data analysis.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

last modified: February 1, 2023