Loretta J. Mickley

Loretta J. Mickley

  • Senior Research Fellow in Chemistry-Climate Interactions


I am a senior research fellow in the Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling Group at Harvard. The goal of my research is to understand how short-lived gases and particles in the atmosphere interact with climate. For example, I study how climate change may affect the intensity or duration of smog episodes. I also examine how airborne particles may alter regional climate through their interaction with sunlight and clouds. My research spans the last glacial period to 2100, and includes studies focused on China, India, and North and South America. Much of my recent work has examined the impacts of smoke from wildfires and agricultural fires. In all these studies, I use a combination of observations and global models of the atmosphere.

Contact Information

Office:109A Pierce
Office Phone:(617) 496-5635
Office Fax(617) 495-4551

Primary Teaching Area

Positions & Employment

Senior research fellow, 2011-present
Research associate, 1999-2011
Postdoctoral fellow, 1996-1999

Other Experience & Professional Membership

2018. Co-developer of SMOKE model framework. This framework allows stakeholders in Southeast Asia to identify those regions where agricultural fires have the greatest impact on human health.
2017. Reviewer on panel convened by the National Academy of Sciences for the Climate Science Special Report, U.S. Global Change Research Program.
2015. Author, chapter on “Radiative forcing and climate effects of PM,” Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter, EPA.
2013. Contributor, Climate Multi-pollutant Science Document, EPA.
2012. Co-author, “Role of tropospheric ozone in climate change and UV-B shielding effects,” in Integrated Science Assessment for Ozone, EPA.


Science Scholars Fellowship, Bunting Institute (now Radcliffe Institute), 1998-1999

Participant in ACCESS IV (Atmospheric Chemistry Colloquium for Emerging Senior Scientists), Boston College, 1997

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Climate and Global Change, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1996-1998

Clare Boothe Luce Fellowship, University of Chicago, 1990-1992

Special Merit Award for Teaching Freshman Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1989

University Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1988-1989

Honors College, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1987-1988

CEMM Industrial Scholar Award, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1986, 1988