Christopher Blaszczak-Boxe, Ph.D.
Education: California Institute of Technology, Ph.D. in Environmental Science & Engineering, 2005; California Institute of Technology, M.S. in Environmental Science & Engineering, 2002; California Institute of Technology, M.S. in Planetary Science, 2001; Morehouse College, B. S. in Chemistry, 1999.
Research Interests: Air quality and planetary numerical modeling, renewable and sustainable energy, and experimental air quality analyses.
Current Research: My research foci entails using 0-D, 1-D, 3-D, and regional models to assess the evolution of planets on various timescales. Overall, in relation to Earth, I use these modeling tools to examine the two-way interaction between chemistry, aerosols, meteorology, and radiation in planetary atmospheres. With respect to other planetary bodies within our solar system, I use analogous model platforms and numerical modeling, constrained by in situ and spacecraft data, to quantify physical and chemical processes within respective planetary atmospheres and to further develop a quantifiable basis for limits of life detection on other planets. On the experimental front, I participate in collaborative efforts to model and experimentally verify new sources of energy and potential storage matrices of viable energy products.