Research Group

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Prof. Lynn M. Russell


Lynn M. Russell is a Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests are in aerosol composition, aerosol-cloud interactions, and aerosol evolution in the troposphere. Using a variety of techniques for both observations and modeling, her work has contributed to an improved understanding of how aerosols affect climate.  Dr. Russell received her B.S. in chemical engineering and A.B. in international relations from Stanford University. She received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1995.

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Current Members


Amanda Frossard 2008-


Amanda joined the Russell group in Fall 2008 as a graduate student in Climate Science after graduating from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Chemistry. For her first project, Amanda worked on determining the contributions of combustion sources to submicron organic mass in the Arctic, as part of the ICEALOT project. She also analyzed filter samples from a forest site for BEARPEX 2009. In May and June 2010, Amanda participated in the CalNex campaign and collected particle samples on board the R/V Atlantis. She was also on board the R/V Point Sur during July 2011 as part of the EPEACE project where she looked at the chemical and physical properties of ambient marine aerosol. Amanda measured generated marine particles from the Sea Sweep and Bubbler on board the R/V Ronald Brown during August 2012 as part of the WACS project. Her focus is on determining the sources and composition of organic mass in the marine boundary layer using measurements of ambient and generated marine particles.

  • Projects Include: BEARPEX, ICEALOT, CalNex, EPEACE, WACS



Ashley Corrigan 2009-


Ashley joined the Russell Group in September 2009 as part of the SIO Marine Chemistry Curricular Group, after graduating from the University of San Diego with a B.A in Biochemistry and Biology.  Her research includes a collaboration at California Institute of Technology, measuring organic functional groups of secondary organic aerosols generated in laboratory smog chambers. Future research plans include participating in the CAL-NEX study at California Institute of Technology in May 2010. She will also be studying biogenic aerosols during the HUMPPA Campaign at the SMEAR II research site in Hyytiala, Finland during July 2010.



Janin Guzman Morales 2011-


Janin joined the Russell group in winter 2011 as a research scholar, after obtaining her B.S. in Chemistry at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She became an SIO graduate student in Fall 2012 in the Marine Chemistry curricular group. Since then, she has been actively involved in aerosol sampling, collecting data with the High Resolution Aerosol Mass Spectrometer at the Mt. Soledad, La Jolla, California Project in May-June 2012 and at the Western Atlantic Climate Study in August 2012. As a second year student, she is currently interseted in the relative contribution of different types of fuels to submicron particles in California urban areas.



Li Xu 2012-


Li joined the Russell group as a postdoctoral scholar in April 2012 after she received her PhD in Atmospheric Science from University of Michigan. Her research activities will involve multiscale modeling of aerosol indirect effects on decadal timescales and parameterization for frost flower aerosols salt emissions in the Arctic.



Kevin Sanchez 2012-


Kevin joined the Russel group in the fall of 2012 as a graduate student in climate science. Kevin graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Meteorology. He is currently working on an externally mixed aerosol model to compare modeled aerosol activities to observations from the 2011 EPEACE project. He is interested in how aerosol compositions affects their hygroscopicity and hence capability to activate.



Kylee Chang 2013-


Kylee joined the Russell group in July 2013 as a graduate student in Marine Chemistry after graduating from Loyola Marymount University with a B.S. in Chemistry and working at the South Coast Air Quality Management District in Los Angeles. Her current research project involves analyzing filter samples from Alert, Canada for their chemical properties and comparing functional groups with filter and ice core samples from Washington. Her other interests include biological contributions to particle formation in the Arctic.



Seth Chunn 2013-


Seth joined the research group in the Fall of 2013 as an undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego. In the Spring of 2014 he will graduate with a degree in Chemical Engineering.




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