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Laura Fierce

Assistant Atmospheric Scientist


  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:  Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, 2015; M.S., Environmental Engineering, 2011; B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2009.


  • NOAA Climate and Global Change Fellow in the Environmental and Climate Sciences Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory, 2015-present.
  • Teaching Assistant, Engineering in the Global Environment, 2014.
  • Visiting Researcher, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, 2013.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Riemer and Bond Research Groups, 2009-2015.
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Bond Research Group, 2008-2009.


Selected Publications

Takeishi, A., Storelvmo, T., and Fierce, L.  Disentangling the Microphysical Effects of Fire Particles on Convective Clouds Through A Case Study.  J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 125, e2019JD031890 (2020).

Fierce, L., Onasch, T. B., Cappa, C. D., Mazzoleni, C., China, S., Bhandari, J., Davidovits, P., Fischer, D. A., Helgestad, T., Lambe, A. T., Sedlacek, A. J., Smith, G. D., and Wolff, L. Radiative absorption enhancements by black carbon controlled by particle-to-particle heterogeneity in composition. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci., early release online, doi:10.1073/pnas.1919723117 (2020).

Fierce, L., and McGraw, R. L.  Multivariate quadrature for representing cloud condensation nuclei activity of aerosol populations.  J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 122, 9867-9878, doi:10.1002/2016JD026335 (2017).

Fierce, L., N. Riemer, and T.C. Bond.  Toward Reduced Representation of Mixing State for Simulating Aerosol Effects on Climate.  Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. 98, 971-980, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0028.1 (2017).

Fierce, L., F. Mena, S. E. Bauer, T. C. Bond, N. Riemer.  Black carbon absorption at the global scale is affected by particle-scale diversity in composition.  Nature Communications 7, 12361, doi:10.1038/ncomms12361 (2016).

E. Winijkul, T. C. Bond, and Fierce, L. Emissions from Residential Combustion Considering End-Uses and Spatial Constraints: Part I, Methods and Spatial Distribution.  Atmospheric Environment 125, 126-139 (2016).

Fierce, L., N. Riemer, T. C. Bond. Explaining variance in black carbon’s aging timescale. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 15, 3173-3191, doi:10.5194/acp-15-3173-2015 (2015).

Fierce, L., N. Riemer, and T. C. Bond.  When is cloud condensation nuclei activity sensitive to particle characteristics at emission?  J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 118, 13,476-13,488,  doi:10.1002/2013JD020608 (2013).