The Prather Research Group at the University of California, San Diego, is committed to broadening our scientific understanding of air quality and climate through field and laboratory measurements of atmospheric aerosols. Our principal analytical method is the ATOFMS, invented and continuously developed by our group. Members of the Prather Research Group have traveled to many parts of the world to perform in situ analysis of aerosols to further our understanding of their role in regional and global climate. This blog will help to elucidate some of the ‘adventures’ our group undertakes to further understand our atmosphere.
The group’s Principal Investigator, Professor Kimberly A. Prather is the Distinguished Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry at UC San Diego, with appointments to the Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry as well as Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Professor Prather is the Director of the Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment, and is a Co-Director of the Aerosol Chemistry and Climate Institute in conjunction with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.