Stuart Group Research Projects

Articles with doi numbers can be found via view by doi. Also see ResearchGate.

Urban air quality and sustainability

Air pollution is an important environmental exposure with significant adverse human health effects. We study the multi-scale interactions of air pollutants with the natural and built environments and the effects of these interactions on public health and on sustainability. Some foci have included improving estimates of spatial distributions of air quality, investigating effects on exposures of disadvantaged populations, and improving numerical modeling and prediction of air pollution under uncertainty using data assimilation.


Mercury contamination is an important global environmental problem that has led to very visible community health impacts. Although the detrimental effects of high mercury exposures have long been known, there remain many unknowns concerning the factors that lead to continued exposures. These include lack of adequate knowledge of its cycling in the environment and of the social (economical, political, and cultural) issues that affect its continued use, release, and consumption. In collaboration with colleagues Dr. Maya Trotz (CEE) and Dr. Fenda Akiwumi (Geography), we study the factors affecting mercury use, cycling, and exposures from a full system perspective.

Cloud ice chemistry and microphysics:

Cloud systems containing ice have significant impacts on acid precipitation, air pollution, and climate change. Although many cloud-chemical processes have received extensive study, interactions of chemicals with the ice-phase are poorly understood. Our work has investigated chemical partitioning during freezing and riming of supercooled drops.

Emergency releases:

  • A.L. Stuart and D.A. Wilkening. Degradation of biological weapons agents in the environment: implications for terrorism response. Environmental Science & Technology, 39(8): 2736 - 2743, doi:10.1021/es048705e, 2005.
  • Chyba, C, M.F. Cuellar, L. Donohue, L. Eden, M. Lynn, M. May, E. Pate-Cornell, J. Pullen, T. Putnam, M. Race, and A. Stuart. Final Report: Top Officials 2 Full Scale Exercise. Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University. June 2003.
  • Crites, T, T. Putnam, F. Steinhausler, and A. Stuart. Report of the delegation from the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC): TOPOFF-2 Planning Meeting for RDD Attack. Stanford University. October 2002.
  • A.L. Stuart, S. Jain, and S.B. Libicki, The use of long-term meteorological information to predict impact probabilities resulting from toxic chemical releases.  Proceedings of the International Topical Meeting of Probabilistic Safety Assessment.  American Nuclear Society.  October 1996.

    Research Funding

    Group Members

    Research Graduates: (only those for whom I supervised a thesis, dissertation, or similar research document are listed)

    Unless otherwise stated, all content of these pages is Copyright 2012, Amy L. Stuart. Unauthorized Use is prohibited.