Katharine A. Duderstadt is a Research Scientist in the Earth Systems Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. Her research focuses on atmospheric chemical transport modeling, ranging from the troposphere to the upper atmosphere on both regional and global scales. Recent projects involve the effects of energetic particles from the Sun, radiation belts, and galaxy on the composition and chemistry of the upper atmosphere, including searching for signatures of past solar activity and solar events in polar ice cores. 

She also helps promote interdisciplinary research initiatives that involve air pollution and climate change.  She currently organizes and leads the UNH Arctic Network and the New England Arctic Network (NEAN); Project Coordinator of the NSF-funded Convergent Arctic Research Perspectives and Education (CARPE) Graduate Research Traineeship program; provides climate expertise in an NSF-funded project on Seismic Resilience in the Arctic;  serves as a subject expert in an AGU Thriving Earth Exchange project in Pascagoula, MS;  and coordinates the JEDI-EOS effort to promote equity and inclusion at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space.  She also co-led an NSF Coastlines and People project focused on Northern New England; participated in the UNH CoRE TIGERS initatiave to use geospatial tools to study political conflict and air pollution in the Middle East; was a member of a UNH MIST INEA team exploring possibilities for engaged research partnerships with Indigenous communities in New England and the Arctic; and co-organized the 2020-2021 Sidore Series "Honoring the Mother of All People: Contemporary Indigenous Leadership in Revitalizing Environmental and Cultural Sustainability." 

She teaches Global Atmospheric Chemistry (Earth Sciences) and co-teaches Searching for Our Place in the Universe: The Foundation and Limits of Certainty in Physical Science (Physics) at UNH. Having also spent 6 years in the high school classroom teaching Physics and English (including serving as a US Peace Corps Volunteer), she maintains a strong commitment to training the next generation of environmental scientists and global leaders.  

Research Scientist

Earth Systems Research Center
The University of New Hampshire 
Durham, NH 
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Ph.D. Atmospheric and Space Sciences, The University of Michigan
A. B.  English and American Literature and Language, Harvard 
Tropospheric Ozone Photochemistry
Air Pollution Transport and Chemistry
Impacts of Energetic Particles on Stratospheric Ozone
Solar Influences on Climate
Interdisciplinary Arctic Research and Scholarship
Other Experiences
US Peace Corps Volunteer, Kazincbarcika, Hungary
Newton Teacher Residency
Physics Teacher, Newton North High School, MA



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