Michael Kurylo, Senior Research Scientist

Michael Kurylo


NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Bldg 33, Room C412
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Phone: 301-614-5144


Gas phase kinetics and photochemistry with an emphasis on determining the atmospheric lifetimes of ozone- and climate-related trace gases; the use of laboratory measurements together with in situ and remote sensing observations to study atmospheric chemical processes; the applications of ground-based, airborne, and balloon-borne measurements for satellite validation and as a unique complement to space-based measurements for studying global change.


Dr. Michael Kurylo received a B.S. in chemistry from Boston College in 1966 and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Catholic University of America in 1969. Following an NRC postdoctoral fellowship at the National Bureau of Standards, NBS (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST), he conducted research on elementary gas phase chemical reactions and subsequently led a laboratory research group in atmospheric kinetics and photochemistry until 2003. Dr. Kurylo was awarded the Department of Commerce Bronze and Silver medals in 1983 and 1991 respectively for his accomplishments in this area. In 1987, he began a detailed assignment at NASA Headquarters as manager of NASA's Upper Atmosphere Research Program where he developed, promoted, and implemented an extramural research program in stratospheric and upper tropospheric composition and directed its advanced planning at a national and international level. He served in this assignment through 2003 while still managing a laboratory research program at NIST. He transferred permanently to NASA in 2004. As a NASA program manager, Dr. Kurylo served as Program Scientist for numerous airborne science campaigns focused on stratospheric ozone depletion, chemistry-climate coupling, and satellite validation. He also served as Program Scientist for several satellite missions. For his NASA accomplishments, Dr. Kurylo was awarded two NASA Exceptional Service Medals and more than a dozen NASA Group Achievement Awards. His role in national and international scientific coordination has been acknowledged via the NASA Headquarters Cooperative External Achievement Award, the NOAA Environmental Hero Award, the Catholic University of America Alumni Achievement Award in the Field of Science, the US EPA Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award, and the 2008 Hillebrand Prize of the Chemical Society of Washington / American Chemical Society. Dr. Kurylo has served as a reviewer, contributing author, or lead author for every WMO/UNEP international ozone assessment over the past two decades. His efforts leading to the success of the Montreal Protocol have been acknowledged by his being named to the Montreal Protocol Who's Who listing. He chaired the WMO/UNEP Meeting of Ozone Research Managers of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer in 1992, 2002, 2005, 2008, and 2011. He is an elected member of the International Ozone Commission and of the Scientific Steering Group of the SPARC Project of the World Climate Research Program, and co-chair of the international Steering Committee of the Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change. Following his retirement from NASA in January 2008, Dr. Kurylo joined GEST and subsequently GESTAR as a Senior Research Scientist where he is engaged in several national and international global change activities.