Da Pan

Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering 2021, Princeton University

B.S. Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 2013, Peking University

Postdoctoral Fellow (E-mail)

Laser spectroscopy, eddy covariance flux measurements, mobile measurements for atmospheric trace gases, volatile organic compound measurements, air-surface exchange processes, and environmental policy


My research focuses on developing advanced instruments and measurement methods for greenhouse gases, air pollutants, and reactive nitrogen to facilitate effective policymaking.

During my Ph.D. work at Princeton, I developed open-path sensors for ammonia and nitrous oxide using mid-infrared spectroscopy. Those sensors enabled fast and accurate flux measurements to study greenhouse gas emissions and reactive nitrogen deposition. I also developed advanced mobile measurement methods to quantify methane emissions.

At CSU, I have been working on ammonia deposition over forest areas and volatile organic compound emissions related to oil and gas activities.

Publications (Selection)

Pan, D., Gelfand, I., Tao, L., Abraha, M., Sun, K., Guo, X., Chen, J., Robertson, G.P. and Zondlo, M.A., 2021. A new open‐path eddy covariance method for nitrous oxide and other trace gases that minimizes temperature corrections. Global change biology.

Pan, D., Benedict, K.B., Golston, L.M., Wang, R., Collett Jr, J.L., Tao, L., Sun, K., Guo, X., Ham, J., Prenni, A.J. and Schichtel, B.A., 2021. Ammonia Dry Deposition in an Alpine Ecosystem Traced to Agricultural Emission Hotpots. Environmental Science & Technology.

Pan, D., Tao, L., Sun, K., Golston, L.M., Miller, D.J., Zhu, T., Qin, Y., Zhang, Y., Mauzerall, D.L. and Zondlo, M.A., 2020. Methane emissions from natural gas vehicles in China. Nature communications11(1), pp.1-10.

Lin, J., Pan, D., Davis, S.J., Zhang, Q., He, K., Wang, C., Streets, D.G., Wuebbles, D.J. and Guan, D., 2014. China’s international trade and air pollution in the United States. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences111(5), pp.1736-1741.

Honors (Selection)

2016 Princeton Environmental Institute–Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Fellowship

2015 Cozzarelli Prize, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences