Managed the Atmospheric Chemistry program that funds a wide variety of research throughout the community.  Program provides about $17 million annually to university professors, national laboratory scientists, and private company researchers. Participated in interagency committees to optimize support of key scientific activities.  Served on internal committees to provide guidance to support related scientific activities.

             University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ph. D. Chemistry,
                                                Dissertation: Peroxy Radical Measurement by Chemical Amplification
             University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, M.S. Chemistry
             Kansas Wesleyan, Salina, Kansas, B.A. Chemistry and Mathematics, Physics Minor
Professional experience
University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 

              Senior Research Associate


National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado 

              Senior Scientist, Section Head, Group Leader, Scientist III, II, I, Visiting Scientist


National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia
              Associate Program Director

Research Overview

About Me

Christopher Cantrell short CV

Conducted and led research in the laboratory, field, and using numerical methods to improve understanding of chemical processes that affect atmospheric composition and air quality.  Research included kinetic and spectroscopic studies to determine quantities of relevance to understanding atmospheric photochemistry.  Developed and improved instrumentation for measurement of atmospheric composition from ground-based and aircraft platforms.  Instruments widely used by members of community.  During tenure, positions ranged from prestigious Advanced Study Program post-doctoral fellow through the scientist ladder to the top level of Senior Scientist.  Managed and led small to medium groups in day-to-day research activities, and larger groups in field measurement campaigns.  Activities included scientific planning and justification, interfacing with upper management and funding agencies, and enabling scientific reporting of results.  Scientific service within the organization and the overall scientific community.  Well-connected and known within the atmospheric chemistry community.

Improved existing instrumentation and developed new techniques to quantify the composition of the troposphere and to improve understanding of atmospheric chemical processes.  Advised and mentored undergraduate and graduate students.  Provided service within the department and the institution to support educational and scientific activities.  Sought to improve communication and collaboration across organizational units.

Christopher Cantrell

               Here is it, July 2019, and we have been in France more than one year.  We are settling into life in Europe, and planning for the ACROSS campaign (the centerpiece of my MOPGA proposal) is coming along.  I have attended several conferences in the past few months including the EGU in Vienna, LEFE-CHAT in Lyon, and ICCK in Orleans.  We are soon returning to the US, where I will attend the International Conference on Photochemistry in Boulder, Colorado.

             In June 2018, Chris and Rose moved to France as Chris begins work at the Inter-university Laboratory for Atmospheric Systems (LISA) on the Universite Paris-est Creteil (UPEC) campus in the Paris suburb of Creteil. 

         In December, 2017, it was announced that Chris was selected as one of 18 laureates of the French program "Make Our Planet Great Again".  This is a program initiated by French president Emmanuel Macron to attract scientists from the US and other countries to conduct research in France. The proposal was submitted in late October. The research will be conducted at the host laboratory LISA (Laboratoire Inter-university des Systems Atmospherique) with the goal to better understand the interaction of urban air pollution that mixes with emissions from nearby forest environments.  The project will include a comprehensive field campaign using Paris as a case study, and will include laboratory studies of simulated atmospheres in large chambers and analysis using computer models.  The five year project will commence in mid-2018.

        We are involved in a HOx instrumental comparison of ambient and synthetic mixtures of OH, HO2 and RO2 in a forested site on the campus of Indiana University.  It involves laser-induced fluorescence (LIF), chemical ionization mass spectrometer (CIMS), and chemical amplifier (CA) instruments. This environment is similar to northern Michigan (high isoprene with relatively low NOx), but with much higher temperature and humidity.

      Our most recent field campaign was in northern Michigan at the PROPHET site that is part of the University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS), and was called PROPHET-AMOS (2016).  The goals of the experiment included assessing the performance of OH instruments in high biogenic VOC - low NOx environments.

         Two other recent studies, NOMADSS (2013) and FRAPPE (2014), involved measuring the composition of the troposphere for a variety of atmospheric conditions in order to improve understanding of several atmospheric processes.  Both of these campaigns combined airborne measurements with ground based ones to connect processes at the surface with those aloft.  Our instrument was staged on the NSF/NCAR C-130 research aircraft.  This is a platform on which we have participated in many previous studies (e.g. TOPSE, MIRAGE, and PASE).