Lab Members

Principle Investigator

Christopher D. Cappa (Ph.D. UC Berkeley, B.S. Hope College)

Graduate Students

Rachael DalPorto (CEE PhD student; B.S., 2020, CSUS)

Elise Palombella (AgChem PhD student; B.S., 2018, Univ. Denver)

Theresa Pistochini (CEE PhD student; B.S./M.S. UC Davis)

Zewen Zheng (AgChem PhD student; B.S., 2018 NUIST, M.S. UCLA)

If you are a prospective graduate student interested in working with Prof. Cappa, feel free to send an e-mail expressing your interest. We are always looking for enthusiastic students interested in problems at the intersection of air pollution and climate change. Prospective students can apply to the Civil and Environmental EngineeringAtmospheric Sciences, or Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry programs.

Undergraduate Students

If you are a UCD undergraduate student interested in working with Prof. Cappa come talk with him about opportunities in 2049 Ghausi Hall.


Graduate Students

  • Peiwen Liu (MS, 2022)
  • Kai Wu (MS, 2020) – PhD student at UC Irvine
  • Dr. Ziyue Li (PhD, 2019) – Assistant Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Dr. Sara Forestieri (PhD, 2017) – California Air Resources Board – Air Quality Planning and Science Division
  • Katherine Smith (MS, 2017) – Intel Corporation
  • Taylor Helgestad (MS, 2016) – California Air Resources Board – Air Quality Planning and Science Division
  • Dr. Katheryn Kolesar (PhD, 2015) – Air Sciences, Inc.
  • Gina Buffaloe (MS, 2014) – Southwest Research Institute
  • Libia Diaz (MS, 2010)


  • Dr. Ningxin Wang, PhD (Postdoc, 2019-2020) – Sonoma Technology
  • Dr. Daniel Moon, PhD (Postdoc, 2019-2020) – Heriot-Watt University
  • Dr. Crystal McClure, PhD (Postdoc, 2018) – Sonoma Technology
  • Dr. Xiaolu Zhang, PhD (Postdoc, 2015-2017) – UC Davis IMPROVE Network
  • Dr. Gouri Prabhakar, PhD (Postdoc, 2014-2016) – Assistant Professor of Practice, Purdue University
  • Dr. Daniel Mellon, PhD (Postdoc 2009-2010) – PCME Ltd.

Undergraduate Students

UC Davis Students

  • Jose Zavala (B.S. 2009)
  • Claudia Chen (B.S. 2012)
  • David Johnson (B.S. 2013)
  • Anthony Kong (B.S. 2012)
  • Matthew Survilo (B.S. 2016)
  • Alexander Wang (B.S. 2017, M.S. UC Berkeley)
  • Patrick Spence (B.S. 2018)

Visiting Students

  • Sage Bauers (2011 summer student from CSUS, with Prof. Bill DeGraffenreid)
  • Lindsay Phillips (2011 summer student from ASU)
  • Andrew Falabella (2016 summer student from Western Washington University)
  • Rachel Lewis (2016 summer student from Virginia Tech)
  • Rosemarie Martinez-Borerro (2017 summer student from University of Puerto Rico)
  • Cristina Bahaveolos (2019 summer student from University of Wisconsin)