Welcome to the Pratt Lab blog! Dr. Kerri Pratt is an assistant professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Earth & Environmental Sciences and faculty associate of the Program in the Environment at the University of Michigan. We study atmospheric trace gases, particles, snow, and clouds and their interactions with the biosphere (forests) and cryosphere (snow and sea ice). Our interdisciplinary research has relevance to climate change, air quality, and human health. As an analytical chemistry lab, we primarily use novel mass spectrometry techniques during our field research. We invite you to follow our adventures in (and outside!) the lab!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Congratulations Rashad - 4th Place at International Science Fair!

Congratulations to summer 2016 D-RISE Pratt Lab researcher Rashad Prendergast (Cass Technical High School) for being awarded 4th Place in Earth & Environmental Sciences at the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, CA! He presented his summer research poster titled "Impact of Road Salt Usage on Atmospheric Concentrations of Cl and Na PM2.5"! Great job Rashad, and thank you to his mentor Pratt Lab post-doc Dr. Katie Kolesar!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Pratt Lab Arctic research news story published!

We are really excited about the recent write-up about our Arctic aerosol research! This journalist received an investigative journalism grant to write this story, which included visiting our Arctic field site in summer 2015!
https://ensia.com/features/black-carbon/


Teaser - read the story to learn about 'Maverick' and the 'Death Star'! :-)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Anna and Annie Graduate!

Congratulations to senior undergrads Anna Leemon and Annie Barget on their graduations from the University of Michigan!! Anna graduated with a B.S. degree in Chemistry and will be joining the Stanford University Teacher Education Program in the fall to earn a M.S. in Education to teach high school chemistry! Annie graduated with a B.S. degree in Biomolecular Science and will be continuing research with us this summer as a Michigan Space Grant Fellow! Congratulations! We are so proud!
Prof. Pratt and graduate Anna Leemon
Prof. Pratt and graduate Annie Barget

Arctic snowpack molecular halogen production paper published!

Congratulations to former Purdue Univ. PhD student Kyle Custard and current student Angela Raso for their paper detailed the first measurements of snowpack Br2 and Cl2 fluxes - and observation of the Arctic snowpack as a source of Cl2 and BrCl! "Production and Release of Molecular Bromine and Chlorine from the Arctic Coastal Snowpack" was recently published in ACS Earth and Space Chemistry. Please check out the paper! 

Congratulations to Alexa, Claire, Logan, and Maddie!

Congratulations to Pratt Lab undergraduate students Alexa Watson, Claire Mattson, Logan Vear, and Maddie Parks who were all awarded HHMI summer research fellowships to continue research in the Pratt Lab! These fellowships were for alumni of the HHMI-sponsored Authentic Research Connection.

Rachel Goes to Washington!

Earlier this month, Pratt Lab graduate student Rachel Kirpes was sponsored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) to attend the AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy for Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop in Washington, D.C. To read more about what she learned from this experience, check out her post on AGU's science and policy blog, The Bridge!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Congratulations to Annie, Stephen, and Rachel!

Graduating senior Annie Barget and PhD students Stephen McNamara and Rachel Kirpes were awarded fellowships from the Michigan Space Grant Consortium! Congratulations!!