Allen Goldstein

Research Interests
Atmospheric chemistry, Terrestrial biogeochemistry, Biosphere-atmosphere exchange, Atmospheric composition

330 Hilgard Hall

Office Hours

Mondays, 10 am to 12 pm

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Allen Goldstein is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley. Goldstein’s research focuses on the interactions between atmospheric chemistry and terrestrial biogeochemistry and how these interactions influence biosphere-atmosphere exchange and determine atmospheric composition.


Ph.D., Chemistry, Harvard University, 1994

M.S., Chemistry, Harvard University, 1991

B.A., Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1989

B.S., Chemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1989

Goldstein’s research focuses on atmospheric chemistry and biogeochemistry. His research group investigates anthropogenic and natural contributions to the chemical composition of the troposphere, interactions of air pollution with ecosystems, aerosol composition and chemistry, and the biogeochemistry of greenhouse gases. A unifying theme in their research is to understand the balance between natural and anthropogenic sources of trace gases and aerosols in Earth's atmosphere and to elucidate the biogeochemical processes which control their budgets. One of Goldstein’s major research focuses is to push the forefront of observational capabilities through the development and deployment of novel analytical instrumentation, making possible new avenues of research to address elusive scientific questions. His research group develops instrumentation, maintains long-term biosphere-atmosphere exchange experiments, engages in short-term field campaigns, performs controlled laboratory experiments, and utilizes models of atmospheric processes, all with the goals of understanding the composition and chemistry of earth's atmosphere, how it functions naturally, and how it is impacted by anthropogenic emissions and changing climate.