Matt Coggon is working with Joost de Gouw to understand the properties and evolution of compounds emitted by biomass burning. As the western United States continues to face drought conditions, the probability of wildfire activity will increase. Smoke emitted from biomass burning plays a role in regional air quality, yet there remain large uncertainties to the extent to which smoke impacts health and climate. Matt will work in the laboratory and field to investigate the types of compounds emitted from wildfire smoke and assess their potential to form particulate matter. His work will be in collaboration with scientists from government agencies and universities participating in the Fire Influence on Regional and Global Environments Experiment (FIREX). This work will be important to parameterize wildfire emissions in models and constrain the biomass burning forcing on global climate. Matt is excited to work on this collaborative project. In his spare time, he’s looking forward to exploring Colorado’s whitewater, trails, and backcountry.