Kristina Wagstrom

Northeast Utilities Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering Education


Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University (2009)

Current Research

  • Source contributions to atmospheric particulate matter concentrations
  • Understanding the final fate of air pollutants
  • Health impacts of atmospheric particulate matter deposition in the respiratory system
  • Improving the science and computational efficiency of air quality models
  • Interactions between air pollution and climate
  • Air quality in the developing world

Professional Activities

Member: American Association for Aerosol Research
Member: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Member: Earth Science Women’s Network
Member: Society of Women Engineers

Research Statement

OVERVIEW.  Dr. Wagstrom’s research interests focus on improvements and novel applications of modeling to understand the impacts of air pollution to human health.  The scale of modeling of interest ranges from individual lung modeling to global chemical transport modeling.  Much of the focus of her work is around understanding the impacts of particulate matter specifically.   At the University of Connecticut she plans to pursue research in the following areas:

PARTICULATE MATTER NUMBER SOURCES.  Understanding how different sources contribute to individual particle concentrations in the atmosphere will lead to better understanding of the potential health impacts to human populations and also the impacts of particles on aerosol-cloud interactions.   We will approach this question by creating a new utility within both regional and global chemical transport models.

ULTIMATE FATE OF AIR POLLUTANTS.  We will move beyond atmospheric chemistry modeling to also investigate the transport of air pollutants after they deposit to both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

MODELING OVER MULTIPLE SCALES.  One of the challenges in air pollution modeling is the different scales over which pollutant concentrations can vary, from a plume being emitted by the bus that passes you on the street to large scale continental transport.  Our goal is to develop techniques that allow us to model air pollutant concentration gradients efficiently over a variety of scales.

Previous Positions

2012 – 2013 Science and Technology Policy Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Environmental Protection Agency
2009 – 2012 Postdoctoral Associate, Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota

Awards & Honors

2012 Science and Technology Policy Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
2007 STAR Graduate Fellowship, Environmental Protection Agency
2007 Lubrizol Graduate Fellowship, Carnegie Mellon University
2003 Richard C. Babcock Leadership Award, Illinois Institute of Technology
2000 Camras/NEXT Scholarship, Illinois Institute of Technology

Recent Publications

Wagstrom, Kristina M., Hill, Jason D.  Air Pollution Impacts of Biofuels. In Socioeconomic and Environmental Impacts of Biofuels: Evidence from Developing Nations (Chapter 3). Eds: Gasparatos, A., Stromberg, P. In press.

Roy, Anirban A.,Wagstrom, Kristina M., Adams, Peter A., Pandis, Spyros N., Robinson, Allen L.  Quantification of the Effects of Molecular Marker Oxidation on Source Apportionment Estimates for Motor Vehicles.  (2011) Atmospheric Environment.  45 (18), 3132-3140.

Wagstrom, Kristina M., Pandis, Spyros N.  Contributions of Long Range Transport to Local Fine Particulate Matter Problems.  (2011) Atmospheric Environment.  45 (16), 2730-2735.

Wagstrom, Kristina M., Pandis, Spyros N.  Source-Receptor Relationships for Fine Particulate Matter in the Eastern United States. (2011) Atmospheric Environment.  45 (2).  347-356.

Wagstrom, Kristina M., Pandis, Spyros N.  Determination of the Age Distribution of Aerosol Species Using a Chemical Transport Model.  (2009) Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres.  114.

Wagstrom, Kristina M., Pandis, Spyros N., Yarwood, Greg, Wilson, Gary M., Morris, Ralph E.  Development and Application of a Computationally Efficient Apportionment Algorithm in a Three Dimensional Chemical Transport Model. (2008)  Atmospheric Environment.  42 (22).  5650-5659.


Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-1715
Mailing Address191 Auditorium Road, Unit 3222, Storrs, CT 06269-3222
Office LocationEII-286