About me

Curriculum Vitae

I am an atmospheric scientist studying the sources and chemistry of pollutants in the air. I am interested in improving our understanding of the complex processes affecting air pollutants with the goal to inform actions to lessen the burden of air pollution on human health. I use numerical models of atmospheric chemistry and transport to interpret surface, aircraft, and satellite-based observations of the atmosphere. 

I am a postdoc in the Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling Group at Harvard. I am currently working on evaluating NOxemissions using NO2measurements the space-based Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) and the GEOS-Chem model.

I completed my graduate work under Lyatt Jaeglé at the University of Washington. I worked on global atmospheric mercury chemistry and wintertime particulate matter in the northeastern United States.



  1. Shah, V., Jaeglé, L., Thornton, J. A., Lopez-Hilfiker, F. D., Lee, B. H., Schroder, J. C., Campuzano-Jost, P., Jimenez, J. L., Guo, H., Sullivan, A. P., Weber, R. J., Green, J. R., Fiddler, M. N., Bililign, S., Campos, T. L., Stell, M., Weinheimer, A. J., Montzka, D. D. and Brown, S. S. (2018), Chemical feedbacks weaken the wintertime response of particulate sulfate and nitrate to emissions reductions over the eastern United States, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 115(32), 8110, doi:10.1073/pnas.1803295115.
  2. Shah, V., and Jaeglé, L. (2017), Surface deposition of oxidized mercury dominated by production in the upper and middle troposphere, Atmos Chem Phys, 17(14), 8999–9017, doi:10.5194/acp-17-8999-2017.
  3. Shah, V., Jaeglé, L., Gratz, L. E., Ambrose, J. L., Jaffe, D. A., Selin, N. E., Song, S., Campos, T. L., Flocke, F. M., Reeves, M., Stechman, D., Stell, M., Festa, J., Stutz, J., Weinheimer, A. J., Knapp, D. J., Montzka, D. D., Tyndall, G. S., Apel, E. C., Hornbrook, R. S., Hills, A. J., Riemer, D. D., Blake, N. J., Cantrell, C. A. and Mauldin III, R. L. (2016), Origin of oxidized mercury in the summertime free troposphere over the southeastern US, Atmos Chem Phys, 16(3), 1511–1530, doi:10.5194/acp-16-1511-2016.
  4. Shah, V.P., and Ries, R.J. (2009), A characterization model with spatial and temporal resolution for life cycle impact assessment of photochemical precursors in the United States, Int J Life Cycle Assess, 14 (4), 313-327, doi: 10.1007/s11367-009-0084-6.
  5. Shah, V.P., Col Debella, D., and Ries, R.J. (2008), Life cycle assessment of residential heating and cooling systems in four regions of the United States, Energ Buildings, 40 (4), 503-513, doi: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2007.04.004.
  6. Jaeglé, L., Shah, V., and 25 others (2018) Nitrogen oxides emissions, chemistry, deposition, and export over the Northeast United States during the WINTER aircraft campaign, J Geophys Res: Atmos, doi:10.1029/2018JD029133.
  7. Haskins, J. D., Jaeglé, L., Shah, V., and 13 others (2018), Wintertime Gas-Particle Partitioning and Speciation of Inorganic Chlorine in the Lower Troposphere over the Northeast United States and Coastal Ocean, J Geophys Res: Atmos, doi:10.1029/2018JD028786.
  8. Schroder, J. C., Campuzano-Jost, P., Day, D. A., Shah, V., and 20 others (2018), Sources and Secondary Production of Organic Aerosols in the Northeastern United States during WINTER, J Geophys Res: Atmos, 123(14), doi:10.1029/2018JD028475.
  9. Lee, B. H., and 18 others including Shah, V.(2018), Airborne Observations of Reactive Inorganic Chlorine and Bromine Species in the Exhaust of Coal-Fired Power Plants, J Geophys Res: Atmos, 123(19), doi:10.1029/2018JD029284.
  10. Kenagy, H. S., and 20 others including Shah, V.(2018), NOx Lifetime and NOy Partitioning During WINTER, J Geophys Res: Atmos, 123(17), doi:10.1029/2018JD028736.
  11. McDuffie, E. E., and 26 others including Shah, V.(2018), Heterogeneous N2O5Uptake During Winter: Aircraft Measurements During the 2015 WINTER Campaign and Critical Evaluation of Current Parameterizations, J Geophys Res: Atmos, 123(8), doi:10.1002/2018JD028336.
  12. Carlton, A. G., and 35 others including Shah, V.(2018) Synthesis of the Southeast Atmosphere Studies: Investigating Fundamental Atmospheric Chemistry Questions, Bull Amer Meteor Soc, 99(3), doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0048.1.
  13. Zhu, L., and 13 others including Shah, V.(2017), Formaldehyde (HCHO) As a Hazardous Air Pollutant: Mapping Surface Air Concentrations from Satellite and Inferring Cancer Risks in the United States, Environ Sci Technol, 51(10), doi:10.1021/acs.est.7b01356.
  14. Chen, Q., Schmidt, J. A., Shah, V., Jaeglé, L., Sherwen, T. and Alexander, B. (2017), Sulfate production by reactive bromine: Implications for the global sulfur and reactive bromine budgets, Geophys Res Lett, 44(13), doi:10.1002/2017GL073812.
  15. Song, S., and 20 others including Shah, V.(2016), Constraints from observations and modeling on atmosphere–surface exchange of mercury in eastern North America, Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, 4, doi:10.12952/journal.elementa.000100.
  16. Gratz, L. E., Ambrose, J. L., Jaffe, D. A., Shah, V., and 21 others (2015), Oxidation of mercury by bromine in the subtropical Pacific free troposphere, Geophys Res Lett, 42(23), doi:10.1002/2015GL066645.
  17. Jaffe, D. A., and 30 others including Shah, V.(2014), Progress on Understanding Atmospheric Mercury Hampered by Uncertain Measurements, Environ Sci Technol, 48 (13), 7204-7206, doi: 10.1021/es5026432.