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Zachary McQueen

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Graduate Student

Zach is a graduate student from Saint Petersburg, Florida and attended Florida State University where he graduated in 2017. Zach is a graduate student in the Smith Lab using photoacoustic and cavity ring-down spectroscopy to characterize aerosol optical properties. He has many hobbies, including headbanging to punk rock and heavy metal, and enjoying Everton soccer matches on the weekends.


B.S. Florida State University  2017

A.A. Tallahassee Community College 2015

Research Interests:

Aerosol particles interact with the visible spectrum of incoming solar radiation through absorption and scattering of light. Consequently, this impacts the Earth's radiative budget and due to their heterogeneous nature, these direct impacts are difficult to parametrize. Currently, I am working on building clustering models on ambient optical data to characterize the different types of atmospheric aerosols solely on their optical properties. I also have worked on collaborative experiments simulating wild and prescribed fires and characterizing the optical dependence of fuel bed composition, burn conditions, and eco regions. 


Aerosol Physical Properties, Cavity Ring-down Spectroscopy, Photoacoustic Spectroscopy, Atmospheric Chemistry.

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