Kristen Zuraski

Research Scientist II

Tropospheric Chemistry

NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory
325 Broadway, R/CSL7
Boulder, CO 80305 USA




Kristen is a research scientist with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) working at the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratories (ESRL) Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL). She received her Ph.D. in physical chemistry with Professor Hanna Reisler at the University of Southern California where her research focused on molecular dissociation dynamics of hydrogen bonds in small atmospherically important clusters. Her work as a NASA postdoctoral program (NPP) fellow at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory with Dr. Stanley Sander focused on laboratory studies of chemical kinetics important in the upper troposphere/lower stratosphere (UTLS).

Her current research at NOAA aims to characterize and understand the atmospheric composition, reactivity, and air quality impacts of nitrogen oxide species and ozone. This involves developing new cutting-edge instrumentation for airborne and ground-based measurements of these atmospherically important species in the troposphere. In turn, the interpretation of the retrieved data improves our understanding of the atmosphere and air pollution transport from mega cities to surrounding environments.


Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2018
B.S., Michigan State University, 2012

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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