Dr. Alexander E. Kotsakis

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Dr. Alexander E. Kotsakis

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  • 301.614.6548
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 614
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: UNIVERSITIES SPACE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
  • Current Projects

    NASA Pandora Project

    This Pandora project, led by PI Robert J. Swap, uses spectroscopy to study ultraviolet (UV) and visible wavelengths of light to measure the amount of ozone, nitrogen dioxide. sulfur dioxide, and formaldehyde in the atmosphere. 

    Positions/Employment

    7/2018 - Present

    NPP Postdoctoral Fellow (USRA)

    Advisor: Robert J Swap, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    1/2018 - 6/2018

    Research Staff

    University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA
    1/2017 - 12/2017

    Research Assistant

    University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA
    1/2014 - 12/2016

    Teaching Assistant

    University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA

    Education

    B.S. Meteorology/Minor in Mathematics, Valparaiso University, 2013

    Ph.D. Atmospheric Science, University of Houston, 2017

     

    Publications

    Refereed

    Thompson, A. M., D. E. Kollonige, R. M. Stauffer, et al. N. K. Abuhassan, A. E. Kotsakis, R. J. Swap, and H. Wecht. 2020. "SCOAPE: Satellite and Shipboard Views of Air Quality along the Louisiana Coast." EM: The Magazine for Environmental Managers, (Oct. 2020): 28-33 [Full Text (Link)]

    Spinei, E., M. Tiefengraber, M. Müller, et al. M. Gebetsberger, A. Cede, L. Valin, J. Szykman, A. Whitehill, A. Kotsakis, F. Santos, N. Abbuhasan, X. Zhao, V. Fioletov, S. C. Lee, and R. Swap. 2020. "Effect of Polyoxymethylene (POM-H Delrin) offgassing within Pandora head sensor on direct sun and multi-axis formaldehyde column measurements in 2016–2019." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, (Submitted) [10.5194/amt-2020-158]

    Sadeghi, B., Y. Choi, S. Yoon, et al. J. Flynn, A. Kotsakis, and S. Lee. 2020. "The characterization of fine particulate matter downwind of Houston: Using integrated factor analysis to identify anthropogenic and natural sources." Environmental Pollution, 114345 [10.1016/j.envpol.2020.114345]

    Robinson, J., A. Kotsakis, F. Santos, et al. R. Swap, K. E. Knowland, G. Labow, V. Connors, M. Tzortziou, N. Abuhassan, M. Tiefengraber, and A. Cede. 2020. "Using networked Pandora observations to capture spatiotemporal changes in total column ozone associated with stratosphere-to-troposphere transport." Atmospheric Research, 238: 104872 [10.1016/j.atmosres.2020.104872]

    Demetillo, M. G., J. F. Anderson, J. A. Geddes, et al. X. Yang, E. Y. Najacht, S. A. Herrera, K. M. Kabasares, A. E. Kotsakis, M. T. Lerdau, and S. E. Pusede. 2019. "Observing Severe Drought Influences on Ozone Air Pollution in California." Environmental Science & Technology, acs.est.8b04852 [10.1021/acs.est.8b04852]

    Kotsakis, A., Y. Choi, A. H. Souri, W. Jeon, and J. Flynn. 2019. "Characterization of Regional Wind Patterns Using Self-Organizing Maps: Impact on Dallas-Fort Worth Long-Term Ozone Trends." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 58 (4): 757-772 [10.1175/jamc-d-18-0045.1]

    Buysse, C. E., J. A. Munyan, C. A. Bailey, et al. A. Kotsakis, J. A. Sagona, A. Esperanza, and S. E. Pusede. 2018. "On the effect of upwind emission controls on ozone in Sequoia National Park." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18 (23): 17061-17076 [10.5194/acp-2017-1006]

    Kotsakis, A., G. A. Morris, B. Lefer, et al. W. Jeon, A. Roy, K. Minschwaner, A. M. Thompson, and Y. Choi. 2017. "Ozone production by corona discharges during a convective event in DISCOVER-AQ Houston." Atmospheric Environment, 161: 13-17 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2017.04.018]

    Souri, A. H., Y. Choi, X. Li, A. Kotsakis, and X. Jiang. 2016. "A 15-year climatology of wind pattern impacts on surface ozone in Houston, Texas." Atmospheric Research, 174-175: 124-134 [10.1016/j.atmosres.2016.02.007]

    Professional Societies

    American Meteorological Society, 2009 - Present
    American Geophysical Union, 2014 - Present
    European Geophysical Union, 2019 - Present

    Talks, Presentations and Posters

    Impacts of Biomass Burning on Free-Tropospheric Ozone Photochemistry over the Southern United States

    1 / 10 / 2018

    American Meteorological Society 98th Annual Meeting

    Characterization of Wind Patterns over Texas Using Self-Organizing Maps: Impact on Dallas-Fort Worth Long Term Ozone Trends

    12 / 14 / 2017

    2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

    Impact of Synoptic & Global Scale Features On The Year-To-Year Variability of Ozone Exceedances in Houston

    1 / 13 / 2016

    American Meteorological Society 96th Annual Meeting

    Coronal Induced Production of Ozone from a Thunderstorm During DISCOVER-AQ 2013

    5 / 8 / 2015

    2015 DISCOVER-AQ Team Meeting, Boulder, CO

    Sources of Ozone in the Free Troposphere in Houston During DISCOVER-AQ 2013

    12 / 2014

    2014 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

    Investigation of Idabel, Oklahoma Ozone Concentration Pre and Post-Frontal Passage

    4 / 24 / 2013

    2013 Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship

    Publications

    Refereed

    Thompson, A. M., D. E. Kollonige, R. M. Stauffer, et al. N. K. Abuhassan, A. E. Kotsakis, R. J. Swap, and H. Wecht. 2020. "SCOAPE: Satellite and Shipboard Views of Air Quality along the Louisiana Coast." EM: The Magazine for Environmental Managers 28-33 [Full Text (Link)]

    Spinei, E., M. Tiefengraber, M. Müller, et al. M. Gebetsberger, A. Cede, L. Valin, J. Szykman, A. Whitehill, A. Kotsakis, F. Santos, N. Abbuhasan, X. Zhao, V. Fioletov, S. C. Lee, and R. Swap. 2020. "Effect of Polyoxymethylene (POM-H Delrin) offgassing within Pandora head sensor on direct sun and multi-axis formaldehyde column measurements in 2016–2019." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (Submitted) [10.5194/amt-2020-158]

    Sadeghi, B., Y. Choi, S. Yoon, et al. J. Flynn, A. Kotsakis, and S. Lee. 2020. "The characterization of fine particulate matter downwind of Houston: Using integrated factor analysis to identify anthropogenic and natural sources." Environmental Pollution 114345 [10.1016/j.envpol.2020.114345]

    Robinson, J., A. Kotsakis, F. Santos, et al. R. Swap, K. E. Knowland, G. Labow, V. Connors, M. Tzortziou, N. Abuhassan, M. Tiefengraber, and A. Cede. 2020. "Using networked Pandora observations to capture spatiotemporal changes in total column ozone associated with stratosphere-to-troposphere transport." Atmospheric Research 238 104872 [10.1016/j.atmosres.2020.104872]

    Demetillo, M. G., J. F. Anderson, J. A. Geddes, et al. X. Yang, E. Y. Najacht, S. A. Herrera, K. M. Kabasares, A. E. Kotsakis, M. T. Lerdau, and S. E. Pusede. 2019. "Observing Severe Drought Influences on Ozone Air Pollution in California." Environmental Science & Technology acs.est.8b04852 [10.1021/acs.est.8b04852]

    Kotsakis, A., Y. Choi, A. H. Souri, W. Jeon, and J. Flynn. 2019. "Characterization of Regional Wind Patterns Using Self-Organizing Maps: Impact on Dallas-Fort Worth Long-Term Ozone Trends." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 58 (4): 757-772 [10.1175/jamc-d-18-0045.1]

    Buysse, C. E., J. A. Munyan, C. A. Bailey, et al. A. Kotsakis, J. A. Sagona, A. Esperanza, and S. E. Pusede. 2018. "On the effect of upwind emission controls on ozone in Sequoia National Park." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18 (23): 17061-17076 [10.5194/acp-2017-1006]

    Kotsakis, A., G. A. Morris, B. Lefer, et al. W. Jeon, A. Roy, K. Minschwaner, A. M. Thompson, and Y. Choi. 2017. "Ozone production by corona discharges during a convective event in DISCOVER-AQ Houston." Atmospheric Environment 161 13-17 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2017.04.018]

    Souri, A. H., Y. Choi, X. Li, A. Kotsakis, and X. Jiang. 2016. "A 15-year climatology of wind pattern impacts on surface ozone in Houston, Texas." Atmospheric Research 174-175 124-134 [10.1016/j.atmosres.2016.02.007]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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