My research focuses on the reactive nitrogen cycle, with an emphasis on nitrate deposition. My interest in reactive nitrogen (e.g., NOx) extends from its connection to air quality through its impact on ozone and hydroxyl concentrations to the biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen in the earth system via formation of nitric acid (or nitrate), a major component of acid rain and a source of biologically available nitrogen.
I graduated magna cum laude in 1998 with a B.Sc. in marine science and chemistry from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. After a one-year stint working at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, I began graduate school in the Department of Geosciences at Princeton University. Graduating with a Ph.D. in 2004, I subsequently became a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington with a fellowship from the Joint Institute for Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO). I joined the faculty at Brown in 2008, and continue to pursue my varied research interests in the global N cycle, the biogeochemical record in ice cores and global connections between atmospheric chemistry and climate.
MEREDITH HASTINGS, Ph.D.
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Brown's Earth Systems History Group
New Proxy Reveals How Humans Have Disrupted N Cycle
Facilitating career advancement for women in the Geosciences through the Earth Science Women's Network (ESWN)
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