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Kolby JardineBiosphere - Atmosphere Research and Training (BART)
State University of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook
I am currently a third year PhD student at the Institute of Planetary and Terrestrial Atmospheres in Stony Brook University, NY. The focus of my research is to understand the role of the biosphere in the emission/uptake of oxygenated VOCs with the atmosphere. I have developed instrumentation capable of measuring the ratio of carbon-13 and carbon-12 of specific oxygenated VOCs from soil and branch enclosures. Because different sources and sinks of these compounds may have unique isotope signatures, these measurements may provide insight into the atmospheric budgets of these compounds. In addition, these studies may increase our knowledge of the biochemical pathways within plants and soils that are involved with their production/emissions. In the future, I plan to work on developing ultra-light weight instrumentation for field campaigns.
After graduating from NYU with a BS in Biochemistry, I returned to my home state of Colorado where I taught Chemistry, Microbiology, and Mathematics at San Juan College for two years. I then acquired an MS in Atmospheric Chemistry from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where I fell in love with field research. After spending some time at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, I started my PhD program in NY. In my free time, I love to pursue outdoor adventures.
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