Participating Students - Celia Faiola

Celia Faiola

Washington State University

Engineering Science

Laboratory for Atmospheric Research

Enrollment Year: 2009

Email: celia.faiola at

Atmospheric Mentor: Timothy VanReken (Washington State University), Brian Lamb (Washington State University), and Alex Guenther (National Center for Atmospheric Research)

Biospheric Mentor: Peter Harley (National Center for Atmospheric)


Celia received her B.S. in Biology: Teaching and B.S. in Chemistry with a Biochemistry Specialization from Central Washington University (CWU) in 2009.  While at CWU, Celia worked as a research assistant for Dr. Anne Johansen in the Chemistry Department and Dr. Carey Gazis in the Geology Department.  Celia was also a participant in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at Washington State University where she worked for Dr. Timothy VanReken in the Laboratory for Atmospheric Research at Washington State University (WSU).  Her projects have included developing a method to analyze polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in aerosol samples with a GC-FID, analyzing trace metals in aerosol samples with an ICP-MS, developing a method to analyze stable carbon isotope ratios in dicarboxylic acids from fine aerosol samples, analyzing groundwater and riverwater samples with an ICP-MS, and developing wine analysis methods to test for phenolic compounds with a UV-Vis photodiode array spectrophotometer and to quantify fusel oils with a GC-FID.


Celia is currently enrolled at Washington State University in the Engineering Science Ph.D. program as a part of the Atmospheric Policy Trajectory Program.  The goal of her research conducted at the University of Michigan Biological Station as part of the BART IGERT program is to investigate secondary organic aerosol formation from biogenic volatile organic compound emissions from pine trees.