Yuan Gao

Yuan Gao


yuangaoh [at] newark.rutgers.edu



Office Location

101 Warren Street,
Smith Hall Room 136
Newark, New Jersey, 07102

Field Specialization:  Atmospheric Chemistry

Dr. Gao’s research interests are in the fields of atmospheric aerosols, air-sea chemical exchange, and air pollution. The goals of her research are to understand the processes affecting the global atmospheric composition and its impact on climate change, biogeochemical cycles, and the quality of the human environment. Her research has spanned many regions, from the Asian coast to the US East Coast, and from the Arctic to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. Dr. Gao applies interdisciplinary approaches combining field measurements, laboratory experiments, and numerical modeling to characterize the properties of atmospheric substances and processes affecting their properties to better understand the land-atmosphere-ocean interactions. Her current research projects focus on the near and far, from examining how urban air quality impacts human health around the metropolitan areas of New York City-Newark in New Jersey to studying the atmospheric dust and iron deposition to the Arctic Ocean, Southern Ocean, and Antarctica. The Gao group recently collected and has been analyzing observational data to address the impact of Covid-19 on air quality in New Jersey.

Courses Taught

Research Initiatives

High-latitude atmospheric chemistry and air-sea chemical exchange (sponsored by the National Science Foundation);

Rutgers Newark Urban Air Quality Observatory Initiative and impact of urban air pollution on health  (sponsored by Rutgers Newark Chancellor's Seed Grant).


2021  Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research, Rutgers University

2020 Science Highlights, International GEOTRACES Programme 

2016  Antarctic Service Medal of the United States, The US National Science Foundation


Post Doc, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University New Brunswick, 1994-1996
Ph.D., Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, 1994
M.S., Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, 1990
B.S. Equiv, Chemistry, Nankai University, China, 1981

Associated Programs

Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Rutgers University at New Brunswick (https://eoas.rutgers.edu/)