- Global aerosol modeling
- Aerosol microphysics
- Climate effects of stratospheric aerosol
Dr. Valentina Aquila has been an Associated Research Scientist at GESTAR/Johns Hopkins University since 2013. She holds a Masters in physics from the University of Genoa, Italy (2006) and a Ph.D. in meteorology from the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, Germany (2010). Her doctoral thesis concerned the global modeling of aerosol microphysics, focusing of the mixing state of black carbon and dust particles. Dr. Aquila carried out her doctoral research at the Institute for Atmospheric Physics (IPA - Institut fuer Physik der Atmosphaere) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR - Deutsches Zentrum Fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt). In 2010 she was awarded a fellowship from the NASA Postdoctoral Program to investigate the effect of stratospheric aerosol on the composition and dynamics of the stratosphere. During this fellowship, Dr. Aquila worked in the Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.