Zachary Decker

Research Scientist

Atmospheric Composition & Chemical Processes

NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory
325 Broadway, R/CSL6
Boulder, CO 80305 USA

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Zach received his undergraduate degree from New College of Florida (NCF) with a concentration in Physical Chemistry under the thesis advisement of Steven Shipman (NCF) and Leonid Sheps (Sandia National Labs Combustion Research Facility).

Zach received a PhD under the advisement of Steven S. Brown (NOAA) in physical chemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU).


Zach's research focuses on the interface between chemistry and physics with influence in air quality and climate.

Research topics include

  • Wildfire smoke impact on air quality and climate
  • Aircraft exhaust impacts on local air quality
  • Regionally produced vs. transported pollution impacts

Most of the research is conducted in the field by measurements on aircraft or on the ground.

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

last modified: January 9, 2024