Christopher Blaszczak-Boxe

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Titles and Affiliations
Associate Research Professor, Geosciences

Dr. Christopher Blaszczak-Boxe is a lifelong educator that uses numerical-modeling platforms to assess the atmospheric evolution of planets on various timescales. For Earth, he focuses on air quality modeling. On the experimental front, he participates in field and laboratory studies that assess the abundance of potentially toxic substances in indoor/outdoor environments and their potential impacts on human health. The majority of his field work takes place in New York and Pennsylvania. At Penn State, he is an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Geosciences, an Associate at their Earth and Environmental Science Institute and Institute of Computational and Data Sciences, and Co-Director of PSU EnvironMentors. Dr. Boxe also implements STEM-education initiatives to help increase, retain, and inevitably steer students toward STEM disciplines and careers. His work converges at the nexuses of sustainable and environmental research, education, and justice.

Dr. Boxe earned a B.S. in Chemistry and a Minor in Math from Morehouse College in 1999 and later completed a Ph.D. in Environmental Science & Engineering at Caltech in 2005 (along with a Minor in Geology, an MS in Environmental Science & Engineering and an MS in Planetary Science).  Since graduating, he worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Earth & Space Science Division (as a Research Scientist), the City University of New York (as an Associate Professor & Deputy Chair), and several STEM-focused high schools within the borough of Brooklyn (as an AP/Regents Science Teacher).

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Recent Publications

Investigating the potentiality of Scenedesmus obliquus and Acinetobacter pittii partnership system and their effects on nutrients removal from synthetic domestic wastewater

Russel, M., Meixue, Q., Alam, M. A., Lifen, L., Daroch, M., Blaszczak-Boxe, C. & Kumar Gupta, G., Mar 2020, In: Bioresource technology. 299, 122571.

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Diurnal variation in Mars equatorial odd oxygen species: Chemical production and loss mechanisms

Viúdez-Moreiras, D., Saiz-Lopez, A., Blaszczak-Boxe, C. S., Manfredi, J. A. R. & Yung, Y. L., Jan 15 2020, In: Icarus. 336, 113458.

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The impact of fertilizers on the uptake of manganese in Cherry Belle radish plants: implications for human health

Clarke-Lambert, S. A., Hilaire, D. S., Stock, J., Salako, O., Lebetkin, M., Nasimov, U., Strothers, J., Blasczak-Boxe, A., Skeete, D. & Blaszczak-Boxe, C., Apr 1 2019, In: Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 26, 10, p. 10414-10428 15 p.

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Modeling the Sources and Chemistry of Polar Tropospheric Halogens (Cl, Br, and I) Using the CAM-Chem Global Chemistry-Climate Model

Fernandez, R. P., Carmona-Balea, A., Cuevas, C. A., Barrera, J. A., Kinnison, D. E., Lamarque, J. F., Blaszczak-Boxe, C., Kim, K., Choi, W., Hay, T., Blechschmidt, A. M., Schönhardt, A., Burrows, J. P. & Saiz-Lopez, A., 2019, In: Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems. 11, 7, p. 2259-2289 31 p.

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Nitrate photolysis in ice and snow: A critical review of its multiphase chemistry

Blaszczak-Boxe, C. S. & Saiz-Lopez, A., Nov 2018, In: Atmospheric Environment. 193, p. 224-241 18 p.

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A detailed pathway analysis of the chemical reaction system generating the Martian vertical ozone profile

Stock, J. W., Blaszczak-Boxe, C. S., Lehmann, R., Grenfell, J. L., Patzer, A. B. C., Rauer, H. & Yung, Y. L., Jul 15 2017, In: Icarus. 291, p. 192-202 11 p.

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Characterization of pollution transport into Texas using OMI and TES satellite, GIS and in situ data, and HYSPLIT back trajectory analyses: implications for TCEQ State Implementation Plans

Bella, D., Culpepper, J., Khaimova, J., Ahmed, N., Belkalai, A., Arroyo, I., Andrews, J., Gentle, S., Emmanuel, S., Lahmouh, M., Ealy, J., King, Z., Jenkins, O., Fu, D., Choi, Y., Osterman, G., Gruszczynski, J., Skeete, D. & Blaszczak-Boxe, C. S., Jul 1 2016, In: Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health. 9, 5, p. 569-588 20 p.

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Production of Molecular Iodine and Tri-iodide in the Frozen Solution of Iodide: Implication for Polar Atmosphere

Kim, K., Yabushita, A., Okumura, M., Saiz-Lopez, A., Cuevas, C. A., Blaszczak-Boxe, C. S., Min, D. W., Yoon, H. I. & Choi, W., Feb 2 2016, In: Environmental Science and Technology. 50, 3, p. 1280-1287 8 p.

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The polar iodine paradox

Saiz-Lopez, A. & Blaszczak-Boxe, C. S., Nov 1 2016, In: Atmospheric Environment. 145, p. 72-73 2 p.

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A mechanism for biologically induced iodine emissions from sea ice

Saiz-Lopez, A., Blaszczak-Boxe, C. S. & Carpenter, L. J., Sep 1 2015, In: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 15, 17, p. 9731-9746 16 p.

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A review of air-ice chemical and physical interactions (AICI): Liquids, quasi-liquids, and solids in snow

Bartels-Rausch, T., Jacobi, H. W., Kahan, T. F., Thomas, J. L., Thomson, E. S., Abbatt, J. P. D., Ammann, M., Blackford, J. R., Bluhm, H., Boxe, C., Domine, F., Frey, M. M., Gladich, I., Guzmán, M. I., Heger, D., Huthwelker, T., Klán, P., Kuhs, W. F., Kuo, M. H., Maus, S., & 6 othersMoussa, S. G., McNeill, V. F., Newberg, J. T., Pettersson, J. B. C., Roeselová, M. & Sodeau, J. R., Feb 12 2014, In: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 14, 3, p. 1587-1633 47 p.

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New insights into martian atmospheric chemistry

Boxe, C. S., Francisco, J. S., Shia, R. L., Yung, Y. L., Nair, H., Liang, M. C. & Saiz-Lopez, A., Nov 1 2014, In: Icarus. 242, p. 97-104 8 p.

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Investigating the photo-oxidative and heterogeneous chemical production of HCHO in the snowpack at the South Pole, Antarctica

Hamer, P. D., Shallcross, D. E., Yabushita, A., Kawasaki, M., Marécal, V. & Boxe, C. S., 2014, In: Environmental Chemistry. 11, 4, p. 459-471 13 p.

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Halogen activation via interactions with environmental ice and snow in the polar lower troposphere and other regions

Abbatt, J. P. D., Thomas, J. L., Abrahamsson, K., Boxe, C., Granfors, A., Jones, A. E., King, M. D., Saiz-Lopez, A., Shepson, P. B., Sodeau, J., Toohey, D. W., Toubin, C., Von Glasow, R., Wren, S. N. & Yang, X., 2012, In: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 12, 14, p. 6237-6271 35 p.

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Adsorbed water and thin liquid films on Mars

Boxe, C. S., Hand, K. P., Nealson, K. H., Yung, Y. L., Yen, A. S. & Saiz-Lopez, A., Jul 2012, In: International Journal of Astrobiology. 11, 3, p. 169-175 7 p.

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