Peter Peterson


Assistant Professor of Analytical Chemistry
Science & Learning Center 322B


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Academic History

B.S. Chemistry, Eastern Washington University, 2008
B.S. Physics, Eastern Washington University, 2008
Ph.D in Environmental Chemistry, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2015


Assistant Professor Pete Peterson is a scientist and educator specializing in atmospheric chemistry, remote sensing, and air ice chemical interactions. Professor Peterson joined the Whittier College faculty in 2018 after working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Michigan. 

Professional Activity


Springtime Nitrogen Oxide-Influenced Chlorine Chemistry in the Coastal Arctic

Published in Environmental Science and Technology, 2019

Snowpack measurements suggest role for multi-year sea ice regions in Arctic atmospheric bromine and chlorine chemistry

Published in Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, 2019

Direct Determination of Aerosol pH: Size-Resolved Measurements of Submicrometer and Supermicrometer Aqueous Particles

Published in Analytical Chemistry, 2018

Springtime Bromine Activation over Coastal and Inland Arctic Snowpacks

Published in ACS Earth and Space Chemistry, 2018

Increases in wintertime PM2.5 sodium and chloride linked to snowfall and road salt application

Published in Atmospheric Environment, 2018

Snow Melt Onset Hinders Bromine Monoxide Heterogeneous Recycling in the Arctic

Published in Journal of Geophysical Research:Atmospheres, 2017

Horizontal and Vertical Structure of Reactive Bromine Events Probed by Bromine Monoxide MAX-DOAS Spectroscopy

Published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 2017

Observations of bromine monoxide transport in the Arctic sustained on aerosol particles

Published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 2017

Effect of Prudhoe Bay Emissions on Atmospheric Aerosol Growth Events Observed in Utqiagvik (Barrow), Alaska

Published in Atmospheric Environment, 2017

Spin-lattice coupling in Ni(HF2)(pyrazine)2SbF6 involving the HF2- superexchange pathway

Published in Inorganic Chemistry, 2016

The Role of Open Lead Interactions in Atmospheric Ozone Variability Between Arctic Coastal and Inland Sites

Published in Elementa Science of the Anthropocene, 2016

Variability of Bromine Monoxide at Barrow, Alaska Over Four Halogen Activation (March-May) Seasons and at Two On-Ice Locations

Published in J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 2016


Observations of Inland Snowpack-driven Bromine Chemistry near the Brooks Range, Alaska

December 01, 2017
Poster, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana

Comparison of BrO profile retrievals by O4 scaling and optimal estimation techniques from airborne limb viewing DOAS measurements

September 01, 2017
Poster, 8th International DOAS Workshop, Yokohama, Japan

Airborne Imaging of Bromine Monoxide Over Northern Alaska With Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS)

July 01, 2017
Poster, Connaught Summer Institute in Arctic Science: Atmosphere, Cryosphere, and Climate, Alliston, Ontario, Canada

Comparison of Bromine Processes Over Coastal and Inland Arctic Snowpacks

May 01, 2017
Talk, Canadian Chemistry Conference, Toronto, Canada

Measurement of Atmospheric Trace Gases in the Polar Regions with Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS)

March 01, 2017
Seminar, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York

Airborne Observations of Reactive Bromine Transport in the Arctic

December 01, 2016
Talk, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California

Exploring the Vertical Extent of Reactive Halogen Chemistry in the Vicinity of Barrow, Alaska

September 01, 2016
Poster, International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Science Conference, Breckenridge, Colorado

Use of ground-based and airborne MAX-DOAS to examine horizontal and vertical BrO gradients at Barrow, Alaska

July 01, 2015
Talk, 7th International DOAS Workshop, Brussels, Belgium

Use of Airborne MAX-DOAS to examine vertical BrO gradients at Barrow, Alaska

July 01, 2015
Seminar, Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

Impacts of Recent Perennial Sea Ice Reduction on BrO Observations at Barrow, Alaska

December 01, 2013
Talk, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California

Observations of BrO above Fairbanks, AK using Ground-Based MAX-DOAS: Influences of Spectral Fitting Windows

December 01, 2012
Poster, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California

Observations of BrO above Barrow, AK using Ground-Based MAX-DOAS: Investigating Effects of Surface Chemistry on Observed BrO Boundary Layer Vertical Column Densities

December 01, 2012
Poster, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California

Vertical Profiles of BrO and De-Coupling of the BrO Layer from the Surface

October 01, 2012
Talk, BROMEX Workshop, Seattle, Washington

Investigating Brine on Frost Flowers with Absorption Tomography

March 01, 2012
Talk, Midnight Sun Science Symposium, Fairbanks, Alaska

Investigation of Brine on Frost flowers with Absorption Tomography

June 01, 2011
Poster, Air Ice Chemical Interactions Workshop, New York, New York