Prasad S. Kasibhatla

Professor in the Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy

The overarching theme of my research is to develop a fundamental and quantitative understanding of the factors that determine the chemical composition of the atmosphere. I am particularly interested in delineating natural and anthropogenic impacts on the chemical composition of the atmosphere, and in exploring the potential for these impacts to affect natural ecosystems. My research involves the use of numerical models in conjunction with remote and insitu measurements of atmospheric composition.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor in the Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Contact Information

  • Office Location: Room 5114, Environment Hall, 9 Circuit Drive, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 613-8075
  • Email Address: psk9@duke.edu

Education

  • B.S. University of Bombay, St. Xavier College (India), 1982
  • M.S. University of Kentucky, 1984
  • Ph.D. University of Kentucky, 1988

Courses Taught

  • ENVIRON 89S: First-Year Seminar
  • ENVIRON 239: Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry: From Air Pollution to Climate Change
  • ENVIRON 393: Research Independent Study
  • ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects
  • ENVIRON 899: Master's Project
  • ENVIRON 979: DEL: The Science of Climate Change
  • ENVIRON 997: Duke Environmental Leadership: Independent Studies and Projects
  • ENVIRON 999: Duke Environmental Leadership: Master's Project
  • EOS 239: Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry: From Air Pollution to Climate Change

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Travis, Katherine R., Colette L. Heald, Hannah M. Allen, Eric C. Apel, Stephen R. Arnold, Donald R. Blake, William H. Brune, et al. “Constraining remote oxidation capacity with ATom observations.” Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 20, no. 13 (July 3, 2020): 7753–81. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-7753-2020.
  • Alexander, B., T. Sherwen, C. D Holmes, J. A Fisher, Q. Chen, M. J Evans, and P. Kasibhatla. “Global inorganic nitrate production mechanisms: Comparison of a global model with nitrate isotope observations.” Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 20, no. 6 (March 31, 2020): 3859–77. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-3859-2020.
  • Seltzer, K. M., D. T. Shindell, P. Kasibhatla, and C. S. Malley. “Magnitude, trends, and impacts of ambient long-term ozone exposure in the United States from 2000 to 2015.” Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 20, no. 3 (February 14, 2020): 1757–75. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-1757-2020.
  • Shindell, Drew, Greg Faluvegi, Prasad Kasibhatla, and Rita Van Dingenen. “Spatial Patterns of Crop Yield Change by Emitted Pollutant.” Earth’S Future 7, no. 2 (February 18, 2019): 101–12. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018ef001030.
  • Austin, K. G., A. Schwantes, Y. Gu, and P. S. Kasibhatla. “What causes deforestation in Indonesia?” Environmental Research Letters 14, no. 2 (February 1, 2019). https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aaf6db.