WELCOME! You have found the home page of Dr. Dan Jaffe, at the University of Washington. This letter is meant to introduce potential graduate students to my research and to invite you to consider joining my research group!

I am a faculty member at the University of Washington's new campus in Bothell and Coordinator for the Science, Technology and the Environment program at UWB. I am also an adjunct faculty member in the UW Department of Atmospheric Sciences and advisor to several graduate students in the UW Department of Chemistry. My research focuses on four main themes:

Global atmospheric chemistry and photochemistry;

Long range transport of pollutants from Asia across the Pacific;

Urban ozone and other air pollutants; and

Environmental education.

My research group studies pollutants in the global atmosphere, especially ozone, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hyrdrocarbons, heavy metals and radionuclides in a number of remote environments. Currently I have active projects in the Northwest and Pacific regions, funded by research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.   These projects are ongoing and for this I need excellent students with a strong background in chemical instrumentation, computerized data systems and atmospheric sciences. The experimental work usually involves developing and testing instrumentation in the lab, then bringing the instrumentation out to the field to make measurements. We then conduct extensive data analysis to interpret the data from chemical, meteorological and ecological perspectives. I am currently a member of several international committee's and programs to study the global environment, including the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment task force and several committee's with the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry program.

I am also active in the development of environmental chemistry lab exercises that can be used in classes at all levels from elementary through college. Recently I have developed a series of experiments that look at the carbon monoxide and particulate content in cigarette smoke and car exhaust. Various versions of these lab exercises are now being done in classrooms around the country. These are published in several science education journals. If you would like to see a list of the recent publications from my group you are welcome to have a look at our publication list given on my curriculum vitae.

As a student in my research group you are a full partner in the research. My students get to help in the decision making and experimental design for these projects, are first or second author on publications and frequently attend national and international scientific meetings to present their own results. To date I have graduated seven graduate students, all of whom are successfully employed in good positions. One is now on the faculty at Michigan Tech. University, while others are working for government or private environmental research labs.

Currently, I am advising students in both the Department of Chemistry and Atmospheric Sciences at UW, so depending on your primary focus, you could apply for acceptance into either of these programs. If environmental research is of interest to you, I look forward to hearing from you. Please email me at: djaffe@u.washington.edu with any questions you might have.


Dan Jaffe
Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Science