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Jingqiu Mao

Associate Research Scholar

201 Forrestal Road
Princeton, NJ 08540-6649
Email: jingqium at or Jingqiu.Mao at NOAA.GOV
Phone: 609-452-5358

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Ph.D. in Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University, 2008
M.S. in Atmospheric Environment, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Beijing, China, 2002
B.S. in Applied Chemistry, Shenzhen University , Shenzhen, China, 1999


Associate Research Scholar, Princeton University/GFDL, Princeton, NJ, 2010-Present
Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2008-2010
Research Assistant, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, 2002-2008
Graduate Researcher, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Beijing, China, 1999-2002


Recognized reviewer for Atmospheric Environment (2015)
Article featured in Nature News & Views “A missing sink for radicals” 2010
NASA Group achievement award for ARCTAS 2009
NASA Group achievement award for INTEX-B 2008
NASA Group achievement award for INTEX-A 2005


Co-chair of GEOS-Chem Oxidants and Chemistry working group & GEOS-Chem steering committee (2011-)
Lead organizer for Southeast Atmosphere Studies Modeling workshop (to be held at NOAA GFDL, 2015)
Journal reviewer: Nature, Science, Environmental Science & Technology, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Geophysical Research, Geoscientific Model Development, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, Atmospheric Environment, Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letter, Scientific Online Letters on the Atmosphere.
Proposal reviewer: NASA ACMAP (panel), NOAA Climate Program Office (panel), EPA STAR (panel, unable to attend), NSF
Promotion reviewer for NASA
Session Chair: AGU Fall meeting, 2008/2012
Member: American Geophysical Union, American Chemical Society, European Geophysical Union


Postdoc: Jingyi Li (NOAA GFDL, 2014-)
Ph. D. Student: Kenneth Christian (Penn State University, committee, 2014-)
Undergraduate Student: Karin Bumbaco (Penn State University, 2005)


  1. “Impact of organic nitrate chemistry on air quality and climate: past, present and future atmospheres”, NOAA Climate Program Office, # NA13OAR4310071, 2013-2016, $392,881 (PI).
  2. “Evaluating how dry deposition influences eastern U.S. ozone, aerosols, and precursors: Mean contributions, uncertainties, and spatio-temporal variability from weather, regional climate and land use”, NOAA CPO, Arlene Fiore (PI), 2014-2017,$52 K to Mao.
  3. “Southeast Atmosphere Studies Workshop: Intensive Observation Period Modeling to Improve Mechanistic Representation of Trends”, NSF, 2015-2016 (PI).

PUBLICATIONS (Highly cited paper” is ranking among the top 1% most cited in Geosciences)

  1. Li., J. *, J. Mao, R. A. Washenfelder, S. S. Brown , J. Kaiser, F. N. Keutsch, R. Volkamer, G. M. Wolfe and coauthors (2016), Observational constraints on glyoxal production from isoprene oxidation and its contribution to organic aerosol over the Southeastern United States, submitted.
  2. Mao, J. et al. (2016), Southeast Atmosphere Studies Workshop: Intensive Observation Period Modeling to Improve Mechanistic Representation of Trends, Current Pollution Reports, Invited contirbution, to be submtted.
  3. Mao, J., S.-M. Fan, and L. W. Horowitz (2016), Fe speciation in aerosols sustained by HO2 uptake, submitted.
  4. Nicely J., and many others including J. Mao. (2016), An Observationally Constrained Evaluation of the Oxidative Capacity in the Tropical Western Pacific Troposphere, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, submitted.
  5. M. C. Barth, M. M. Bela, A. Fried, P. O. Wennberg, J. D. Crounse, J. M. St. Clair, N. J. Blake, D. R. Blake, C. R. Homeyer, W. H. Brune, L. Zhang, J. Mao, X. Ren, and coauthors (2016), Convective Transport and Scavenging of Peroxides by Thunderstorms Observed over the Central U.S. during DC3, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, submitted.
  6. Wolfe, G. M., J. Kaiser, T. F. Hanisco, F. N. Keutsch, J. A. de Gouw, J. Gilman, M. Graus, C. D. Hatch, J. Holloway, L. Horowitz, B. H. Lee, B. Lerner, F. Lopez-Hilifiker, J. Mao, and coauthors (2016), Formaldehyde production from isoprene oxidation across NOx regimes, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16(4), 2597-2610, doi:10.5194/acp-16-2597-2016.
  7. Paulot, F., P. Ginoux, W. F. Cooke, L. J. Donner, S. Fan, M. Lin, J. Mao, V. Naik, and L. W. Horowitz (2016), Sensitivity of nitrate aerosols to ammonia emissions and to nitrate chemistry: implications for present and future nitrate optical depth, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 1459-1477.
  8. Fisher, J., D. Jacob, J. Mao and coauthors (2016), “Organic nitrate chemistry and its implications for nitrogen budgets in an isoprene- and monoterpene-rich atmosphere: constraints from aircraft (SEAC4RS) and ground-based (SOAS) observations in the Southeast US”, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 2016, 1-38, doi:10.5194/acp-2016-52.
  9. Warneke C., M., Trainer, J.A., de Gouw, J. Mao, and coauthors (2016): Instrumentation and Measurement Strategy for the NOAA SENEX Aircraft Campaign as Part of the Southeast Atmosphere Study 2013, Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss., 1-39, doi:10.5194/amt-2015-388.
  10. Nault, B. A. Nault, C. Garland, P. J. Wooldridge, D. R. Blake, W. H. Brune , J. Mao, R. C. Cohen and coauthors (2015), Observational constraints on the oxidation of NOx in the upper troposphere, The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, doi:10.1021/acs.jpca.5b07824.
  11. Mao, J., A.M. Carlton, L. W. Horowitz and coauthors, “Southeast Atmosphere Studies Workshop 2015″, IGAC Newsletter, 2015.
  12. Alvarado, M., J. Mao, and coauthors (2015) : Advancing atmospheric chemistry through the use of satellite observations from the cross-track infrared sounder (CrIS), Report of the CrIS Atmospheric Chemistry Data User’s workshop, NOAA Program Office, doi:10.7289/V50V89SS.
  13. Fu, T., Y. Zheng, F. Paulot, J. Mao, and R. M. Yantosca (2015): Sensitivity of Southeast U.S. surface ozone to large-scale warming is positive but variable, Nature Climate Change, 10.1038/nclimate2567.
  14. Arnold, S.R., L.K. Emmons, S.A. Monks, K.S. Law, D.A. Ridley, S. Turquety, S. Tilmes, J.L. Thomas, I. Bouarar, J. Flemming, V. Huijnen, J. Mao, and coauthors (2015): Biomass burning influence on high latitude tropospheric ozone and reactive nitrogen in summer 2008: a multi-model analysis based on POLMIP simulations, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15(11), 6047-6068.
  15. Emmons, L. K., Arnold, S. R., Monks, S. A., J. Mao, and coauthors (2015): The POLARCAT Model Intercomparison Project (POLMIP): overview and evaluation with observations, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15(12), 6721-6744.
  16. Monks, S.A., S.R. Arnold, L.K. Emmons, K.S. Law, S. Turquety, B.N. Duncan, J. Flemming, V. Huijnen, S. Tilmes, J. Langner, J. Mao, and coauthors (2015): Multi-model study of chemical and physical controls on transport of anthropogenic and biomass burning pollution to the Arctic, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15(6), 3575-3603.
  17. Fischer, E.V., D. J. Jacob, R. M. Yantosca, M. P. Sulprizio, D. B. Millet, J. Mao, F. Paulot, H. B. Singh, A. Roiger, L. Ries, R. W. Talbot, K. Dzepina, and S. Pandey Deolal (2014), Atmospheric peroxyacetyl nitrate (PAN): a global budget and source attribution, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 2679-2698. (“Highly cited paper” in ISI web of science)
  18. Fischer, E.V., Jacob, D. J., Yantosca, R. M., Sulprizio, M. P., Millet, D. B., Mao, J., Paulot, F., Singh, H. W., Roiger, A.-E., Ries, L., Talbot, R.W., Dzepina, K., and S. Pandey Deolal (2013), Atmospheric peroxyacetyl nitrate (PAN): a global budget and source attribution, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 2679-2698.(link).
  19. J. Mao, F. Paulot, D.J. Jacob, R.C. Cohen, J.D. Crounse, P.O. Wennberg, C.A. Keller, R.C. Hudman, M.P. Barkley, and L.W. Horowitz : Ozone and organic nitrates over the eastern United States : sensitivity to isoprene chemistry, J. Geophys. Res., DOI: 10.1002/jgrd.50817, 2013 (link) (Highlight on NOAA CPO website).
  20. Worton, D., …, Mao, J., …, Goldstein, A.: Observational Insights into Aerosol Formation from Isoprene, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2013 (link).
  21. Naik V., Horowitz H., Fiore A., Ginoux P., Mao J., Aghedo A., Levy H., Preindustrial to Present day Impact of Changes in Short-lived Pollutant Emissions on Atmospheric Composition and Climate Forcing, J. Geophys. Res., 2013, in press (link).
  22. Barkley M., …Mao J.:Top-down isoprene emissions over tropical South America inferred from SCIAMACHY and OMI formaldehyde columns, J. Geophys. Res., 118, 8086–8110, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50608, 2013. (link).
  23. Ren, X., Mao, J., …Brune, W. H. …et al., Atmospheric Oxidation Chemistry and Ozone Production: Results from SHARP 2009 in Houston, Texas, J. Geophys. Res., 2013, in press (link).
  24. J. Mao, Horowitz, L., Naik V., Fan, S., Liu, J., and Fiore, A.: Sensitivity of tropospheric oxidants to biomass burning emissions: implications for radiative forcing, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1002/grl.50210, 2013 (GFDL research highlight) (link).
  25. J. Mao, Fan, S., Jacob, D. J., and Travis, K. R.: Radical loss in the atmosphere from Cu-Fe redox coupling in aerosols, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 509-519, doi:10.5194/acp-13-509-2013, 2013. (“Highly cited paper” ) (link).
  26. J. Mao, Ren, X., Zhang, L., Van Duin, D. M., Cohen, R. C., Park, J.-H., Goldstein, A. H., Paulot, F., Beaver, M. R., Crounse, J. D., Wennberg, P. O., DiGangi, J. P., Henry, S. B., Keutsch, F. N., Park, C., Schade, G. W., Wolfe, G. M., Thornton, J. A., and Brune, W. H.: Insights into hydroxyl measurements and atmospheric oxidation in a California forest, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 8009-8020, doi:10.5194/acp-12-8009-2012, 2012. (“Highly cited paper”) (link).
  27. Lin, J.-T., Liu, Z., Zhang, Q., Liu, H., Mao, J., and Zhuang, G.: Model uncertainties affecting satellite-based inverse modeling of nitrogen oxides emissions and implications for surface ozone simulation, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 12255-12275, doi:10.5194/acp-12-12255-2012, 2012 (link).
  28. Olson, J. R., Crawford, J. H., Brune, W., Mao, J., Ren, X., Fried, A., Anderson, B., Apel, E., Beaver, M., Blake, D., Chen, G., Crounse, J., Dibb, J., Diskin, G., Hall, S. R., Huey, L. G., Knapp, D., Richter, D., Riemer, D., Clair, J. St., Ullmann, K., Walega, J., Weibring, P., Weinheimer, A., Wennberg, P., and Wisthaler, A.: An analysis of fast photochemistry over high northern latitudes during spring and summer using in-situ observations from ARCTAS and TOPSE, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 6799-6825, doi:10.5194/acp-12-6799-2012, 2012 (link).
  29. Ren, X., Mao, J., Brune, W. H., Cantrell, C. A., Mauldin III, R. L., Hornbrook, R. S., Kosciuch, E., Olson, J. R., Crawford, J. H., Chen, G., and Singh, H. B.: Airborne intercomparison of HOx measurements using laser-induced fluorescence and chemical ionization mass spectrometry during ARCTAS, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 5, 2025-2037, doi:10.5194/amt-5-2025-2012, 2012 (link).
  30. Marais, E. A., Jacob, D. J., Kurosu, T. P., Chance, K., Murphy, J. G., Reeves, C., Mills, G., Casadio, S., Millet, D. B., Barkley, M. P., Paulot, F., and Mao, J.: Isoprene emissions in Africa inferred from OMI observations of formaldehyde columns, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 6219-6235, doi:10.5194/acp-12-6219-2012, 2012 (link).
  31. Fischer, E. V., D. J. Jacob, D. B. Millet, R. M. Yantosca, and J. Mao , The role of the ocean in the global atmospheric budget of acetone, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L01807, doi:10.1029/2011GL050086, 2012 (link).
  32. Wang, Q., Jacob, D. J., …, Mao, J., … : Sources of carbonaceous aerosols and deposited black carbon in the Arctic in winter–spring: implications for radiative forcing, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 12453-12473, doi:10.5194/acp-11-12453-2011, 2011 (link).
  33. Barkley, M., … J. Mao,…: Can a “state of the art” chemistry transport model simulate Amazonian tropospheric chemistry? J. Geophys. Res., 116, D16302,. (link)
  34. Huisman, A. J.,… Mao, J., Brune, W. H., and Keutsch, F. N.: Photochemical modeling of glyoxal at a rural site: observations and analysis from BEARPEX 2007, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 8883-8897, 2011 (link).
  35. Fried, … J. Mao, W.H. Brune, …: Detailed comparisons of airborne formaldehyde measurements with box models during the 2006 INTEX-B campaign: potential evidence for unmeasured and multi-generation volatile organic carbon oxidation processing, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 11867-11894, doi:10.5194/acp-11-11867-2011, 2011 (link).
  36. Browne, E. C., …, J. Mao, … Cohen, R. C.: Global and regional effects of the photochemistry of CH3O2NO2: evidence from ARCTAS, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 4209-4219, doi:10.5194/acp-11-4209-2011, 2011 (link).
  37. G. M. Wolfe, J. A. Thornton, …, J. Mao, W. H. Brune, … :The Chemistry of Atmosphere-Forest Exchange (CAFE) Model – Part 2: Application to BEARPEX-2007 observations, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 1269-1294, doi:10.5194/acp-11-1269-2011, 2011(link).
  38. Holmes, C.D., D.J. Jacob, E.S. Corbitt, J. Mao, X. Yang, R. Talbot, and F. Slemr, Global atmospheric model for mercury including oxidation by bromine atoms, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 12037-12057, doi:10.5194/acp-10-12037-2010, 2010 (link)(“Highly cited paper”).
  39. M. J., Alvarado, J. A. Logan, J. Mao, …: Nitrogen oxides and PAN in plumes from boreal fires during ARCTAS-B and their impact on ozone: an integrated analysis of aircraft and satellite observations, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 9739-9760, doi:10.5194/acp-10-9739-2010, 2010 (link).
  40. W. Choi, I. C. Faloona, … J. Mao, W. H. Brune, …: Observations of elevated formaldehyde over a forest canopy suggest missing sources from rapid oxidation of arboreal hydrocarbons, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 8761-8781, doi:10.5194/acp-10-8761-2010, 2010 (link).
  41. H.B. Singh, … D. J. Jacob,..J. Mao, …: Pollution influences on atmospheric composition and chemistry at high northern latitudes: Boreal and California forest fire emissions. Atmos. Environ., doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2010.08.026, 2010 (link) (Atmospheric Environment Top Cited Article 2010-2011).
  42. X. Ren, H. Gao, X. Zhou, …, and J. Mao: Measurement of Atmospheric Nitrous Acid in Blodgett Forest during BEARPEX2009, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 6283-6294, doi:10.5194/acp-10-6283-2010, 2010 (link).
  43. J. Mao, D. J. Jacob, M. J. Evans, J. R. Olson, X. Ren, W. H. Brune, … : Chemistry of hydrogen oxide radicals (HOx) in the Arctic troposphere in spring, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 5823-5838, doi:10.5194/acp-10-5823-2010, 2010. (Featured in Nature News & Views, “Atmospheric chemistry: A missing sink for radicals”, Nature, 466, 925-926, 2010) (link).
  44. J. Mao, X. Ren, S. Chen, W. H. Brune, Z. Chen, M. Martinez, H. Harder, B. Lefer, B. Rappenglück, J. Flynn : Atmospheric oxidation capacity in the summer of Houston 2006: Comparison with Summer Measurements in Other Metropolitan Studies, Atmos. Environ., doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2009.01.013, 2010  (link).
  45. S. Chen, X. Ren, J. Mao, … : A comparison of chemical mechanisms based on TRAMP-2006 field data, Atmos. Environ., doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2009.05.027, 2009 (link).
  46. Flynn J., B. Lefer, …, W. Brune, X. Ren, J. Mao, …: Impact of clouds and aerosols on ozone production in Southeast Texas, Atmos. Environ., doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2009.09.005, 2009 (link).
  47. LaFranchi, B. W., … J. Mao, and R.C. Cohen: Closing the peroxy acetyl (PA) radical budget: observations of acyl peroxy nitrates (PAN, PPN, and MPAN) during BEARPEX 2007, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 7623-7641, 2009 (link).
  48. J. Mao., C. Carouge, M. Evans, D. Millet et al.: GEOS-Chem Chemical Mechanism v8-02-04, 2009 (link).
  49. J. Mao, X. Ren, W. H. Brune, J. R. Olson, J. H. Crawford, A. Fried, L. G. Huey, R. C. Cohen, B. Heikes, H. B. Singh, D. R. Blake, G. W. Sachse, G. S. Diskin, S. R. Hall, and R. E. Shetter: Airborne measurement of OH reactivity during INTEX-B, Atmos. Chem. Phys.,9, 163-173, 2009. (Highlighted in “Real-time atmospheric chemistry instrumentation”, Analytical chemistry, 2010) (link).
  50. X. Ren, J. R. Olson, J. H. Crawford, W. H. Brune, J. Mao, … : HOx Chemistry during INTEX-A 2004: Observation, Model Calculations and comparison with previous studies, J. Geophys. Res., 113, D05310, 2008 (link).
  51. J. Mao, Measurement and modeling of the hydroxyl radical reactivity in the atmosphere, Ph.D. Thesis, The Pennsylvania State University, 2007, ProQuest Publication number: 3393789.
  52. P. Venkatachari, P. K. Hopke, W. H. Brune, X. Ren, R. Lesher, J. Mao, M. Mitchell: Characterization of wintertime reactive oxygen species concentrations in Flushing, New York, Aerosol Sci. Technol., 41, 97-111, 2007 (link).
  53. X. Ren, W. H. Brune, J. Mao, M. Mitchell, R. Lesher, J. Simpas, A. Metcalf, J. Schwab, C. Cai, Y. Li et al.: Behavior of OH and HO2 in the winter atmosphere in New York City, Atmos. Environ., Volume 40, Supplement 2, 252-263, 2006 (link).
  54. Shirley T.R., W.H. Brune, X. Ren, J. Mao, R. Lesher, B. Cardenas, R. Volkamer, L.T. Molina, M. J. Molina, B. Lamb, E. Velasco, T. Jobson, and M. Alexander: Atmospheric oxidation in the Mexico City Metropolitan Area (MCMA) during April 2003, Atmos. Chem. Phys. ,6: 2753-2765, 2006 (link).


(Keynote speaker) Nitrate Radicals and Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): Oxidation, Mechanisms and Organic Aerosol, Gerogia Institue of Technology, Altanta, GA (06/2015)
(Invited)ACS spring meeting, symposium “Transformations of Matter in the Troposphere”, Denver, CO (03/2015)
(Invited) NOAA Earth System Research Labortorary, Boulder, CO (01/2015)
Atmospheric chemical mechanism meeting, Davis, California (12/2014)
(Invited)13th Annual CMAS Conference, Chap Hill, NC (10/2014) “Organic
nitrates and ozone over eastern US”
(Invited)OH Reactivity Specialists Uniting Meeting (ORSUM), Max Plank Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany (10/2014) “Global modeling of missing OH reactivity”
GFDL lab review, Princeton, NJ (05/4014) “Air quality and chemistry
SENEX/SOAS/NOMADSS workshop, Boulder, CO (04/2014) “Organic nitrates and ozone during SENEX
(Invited)University of Maryland, College Park, MD (03/2014)  “Uncertainties in the atmospheric oxidation of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) : implications for air quality and climate”
(Invited)Yale University, New Haven, CT (02/2014) “Uncertainties in the atmospheric oxidation of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) : implications for air quality and climate”
(Invited)North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (11/2013) “Heterogeneous chemistry and its potential impact on climate”
Chip Levy’s retirement symposium, Princeton, NJ (08/2013) “A missing sink for radicals”
GFDL lunch seminar, Princeton, NJ (07/2013) “Two puzzles of atmospheric chemistry over the Southeast US”
SENEX Science meeting, Nashville, TN (06/2013) “Simulating isoprene oxidation in GFDL AM3 model”
GEOS-Chem user meeting, Harvard University (05/2013) “Ozone and organic nitrates over the eastern US: sensitivity to isoprene chemistry”
(Invited)AGU Fall meeting, San Francisco (12/2012) “Radical loss in the atmosphere from Cu-Fe redox coupling in aerosols”
IGAC meeting, Beijing, China (09/2012)
ACS national meeting, Philadelphia, PA (08/2012) “Measurement and modeling of aerosol Fe speciation”
GFDL lunch seminar, Princeton, NJ (03/2012)
(Invited)Institute of Atmospheric Physics, CAS, Beijing, China (05/2011)
(Invited)Peking University, Beijing, China (05/2011)
GEOS-Chem user meeting, Harvard University (05/2011)
IGAC meeting, Halifax, Canada (07/2010)
(Invited)NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD (06/2010)
(Invited)NOAA/GFDL, Princeton, NJ (05/2010)
(Invited)Earth and Planetary Science Day, Harvard University (04/2010)
AGU Fall meeting, San Francisco (12/2009)
POLARCAT meeting, University of New Hampshire, NH (06/2009)
GEOS-Chem user meeting, Harvard University (04/2009)
ARCTAS workshop, Virginia Beach, VA (01/2009)
AGU Fall meeting, San Francisco (12/2008)
BEARPEX Science meeting (10/2008)
ARCTAS Science Team meeting, Virginia Beach, VA (01/2008)
AGU Fall meeting, San Francisco (12/2007)
(Invited)Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (10/2007)
TRAMP data workshop, University of Houston, Houston, TX (07/2007)
INTEX-B data workshop, Virginia Beach, VA (03/2007)
AGU Fall meeting, San Francisco (12/2006)


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