Affiliate Research Associate Professor
Alex Pszenny completed a B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry at Boston College in 1974 and 1978, respectively, and a Ph.D. degree in Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island in 1987. He was on the research staff of the University of Virginia's Department of Environmental Sciences in 1985 and 1986. In 1987 he joined NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratories in Miami, FL as a Research Oceanographer then, in 1993, moved to MIT to serve as Executive Officer of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) core project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP). In October 2001 he was appointed Research Associate Professor in the University of New Hampshire's Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space He also served as Chief Scientist for the Mount Washington Observatory from October 2001 to August 2008 and as Director of the Atmospheric Chemistry Program at the National Science Foundation from January 2009 to November 2012, and as Manager of the Tropospheric Chemistry Program within NASA's Science Mission Directorate from January 2013 to July 2015.
Alex's primary research focus is multiphase chemistry of the marine atmosphere. Funded mainly by NSF and NOAA, his work in this area involves in situ measurements of ammonia and soluble acid gases and of the ionic and trace element composition of atmospheric aerosols and precipitation. His particular and continuing interest is in the role of halogens in tropospheric photochemistry. Previously he was involved in studies of nuclear bomb debris deposition to vegetation, trace metal availability in continental shelf sediments, air-sea exchange of hydrocarbon gases, and the climate record of Mt. Washington and its surrounds. During the Fall 2008 semester he taught a course in physical chemistry at UNH.