Research Objectives:
The objective of my research group is to utilize science to inform the development of far-sighted air quality policy that considers impacts of air pollution on human health, agriculture and climate change. Our approach is to use rigorous scientific tools to address technical questions of direct policy relevance. Research in my group analyzes the impacts of air pollution globally as well as in both the largest rapidly industrializing country (China) and in the largest developed country (US). Recent work has examined the effect of present and potential future concentrations of air pollutants, particularly black carbon and ozone, on public health, global agriculture and climate change and the potential benefits of various mitigation strategies. We have also investigated inter-state and inter-continental transport of air pollutants with an emphasis on transport from rapidly industrializing Asia to the rest of the world. These issues are interlinked, globally pervasive and addressing one provides opportunities for leveraging solutions to others. My goal is to use global change science to facilitate the formation of sound environmental policy. 

Ph.D., Atmospheric Chemistry, Harvard University
M.S., Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
Sc.B. with honors, Chemistry, Brown University


Media Mentions:

Presidential Debate Preview: A Faculty Conversation. Princeton University. September 29, 2020.

Global Cooperation and Governance of Science and Technology Innovation. Pujiang Innovation Forum. August 3, 2020.

Naomi Cohen-Shields’ senior thesis explores who benefits as China cleans its air. June 12, 2020. Advised by Dr. Mauzerall.

Coronavirus shutdowns clear the air, temporarily. Quoted in Physics Today. May 1, 2020.

Oil and gas production is contributing even more to global warming than was thought, study finds. Quoted in CNN. February 19, 2020.

Controlling methane is a fast and critical way to slow global warming, say Princeton experts, September 2019.
Also reported in State Impact Pennsylvania,, SciTech Daily, Nature World News, Eurasia Review, and Environment Journal

Offshore oil and gas rigs leak more greenhouse gas than expected, August 2019.

A Planet in Danger: Pulling the Planet Back from the Brink, Princeton University, Academic and Administrative Managers Group, February 2, 2019.

How China is reinventing its energy economyScience Friday, Public Radio International podcast.

Smog Casts a Shadow on China's Solar FarmsScientific American, 60-second podcast.

Smog Smothers Solar Energy in ChinaNASA Earth Observatory, April 2018.

Air Pollution Cuts Solar Energy Potential in China, October 2017.

Air Quality and Climate Benefits of Long-distance Electricity Transmission in China, June 2017.
Additional information

Philadelphia March for Science, April 2017.

Climate, Air Quality and Health Implications of China's Energy Future, given at Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, March 2017.

Shale Gas in China, February 2017.

Mauzerall speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 2017.
Ideas Lab talk

Synthetic Natural Gas in China would help Air Quality at Climate's Expense, April 2017.
US News and World Report
University Herald
The Energy Mix
Princeton University

Residential Solid Fuel Use in China has Huge Air Quality Impacts, July 2016.
Terra Daily
Princeton University
Princeton University
Science Daily

Methane Leakage from Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells, 2014 and 2016.
Princeton University
Stanford University
Planet Experts
Princeton University

Mauzerall attends COP21 - Paris Climate Agreement 'Turning Point' for the World?, December 2015.

Q&A: Paris climate agreement, December 2015.

Nature article on Nitrogen Use Efficiency - To Save the Earth, Better Nitrogen Use on a Hungrier Planet Must be Addressed, November 2015.

Nature World News profile, December 2014.

Princeton Alumni Weekly profile, June 2014.

NPR profile, May 2013.

Princeton Weekly Bulletin profile, June 2010.

Black carbon press release, June 2010.