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Carolyn Jordan (NIA)

Carolyn Jordan
Title: Associate Research Fellow
Technical Focus Area: Atmospheric Composition, Chemistry & Dynamics, Air Quality & Weather Airborne Science
Study Topics: Atmospheric aerosol research: microphysical, chemical, & optical properties
Mission/Project: LARGE


With degrees in physics, astronomy, and Earth sciences, Dr. Jordan’s career has spanned a range of disciplines from studying the Earth’s magnetosphere to the atmosphere, with interdisciplinary investigations examining relationships among the coastal atmosphere, ecosystems (aquatic and terrestrial) and human activities. Most recently she has focused on the development of hyperspectral in situ atmospheric aerosol measurement techniques spanning the UV-visible wavelength range that can be used to directly compare aerosol spectral properties to their microphysical and chemical characteristics. Such observations will contribute to interpretation of remotely sensed aerosol spectra.

Select Publications:


  • National Research Council Post-doctoral Fellowship at NASA Langley Research Center, 2001-2003.
  • NASA Earth System Science Fellowship recipient for graduate studies in atmospheric chemistry, 1996-1999.
  • Space Grant Fellowship recipient for graduate studies in space physics, 1992-1993.
  • Inducted into Sigma Pi Sigma, the National Physics Honor Society for undergraduates, 1984.

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Professional Memberships:

  • American Geophysical Union
  • European Geosciences Union
  • Association of Limnology & Oceanography
  • NASA’s GEO-CAPE Ocean Sciences Working Group


  • University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, Ph.D. in earth sciences, 1999
  • University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, M.S. in physics, 1994
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA, M.S. in astronomy, 1986
  • Ripon College, Ripon, WI, A.B. in physics, 1984