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University of Rochester Ice Core and Atmospheric Chemistry Lab

Lab Group

Vas Petrenko

Vasilii Petrenko

Principal Investigator

Research Interests

Understanding natural and anthropogenic climate and environmental change, particularly from the perspective of atmospheric composition and chemistry. | (585) 276-6094 | Faculty Page

Philip Place

PhD Candidate

Research Interests

My primary research interest is in reconstructing atmospheric histories of Carbon Monoxide from ice cores.  Carbon Monoxide is an important atmospheric trace gas that affects the oxidative capacity of the atmosphere and contributes indirectly to anthropogenic radiative forcing.  Carbon monoxide stable isotopes can also serve as a tracer for variations in biomass burning, particularly in the preindustrial atmosphere. A good understanding of the past variations in CO mole fractions and isotopic composition can help improve the skill of chemical transport models and constrain biomass burning changes. | (585) 275-8788

Edward Crosier

Lab Manager


Roxana Kazemi

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Lab Alumni


Benjamin Hmiel
Peter Neff

PhD students

Michael Dyonisius
Benjamin Hmiel 


Emily Mesiti
Matthew Paccico
Jake Ward
Melisa Diaz
Avery Palardy
Lindsey Davidge
David Frank