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Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty

Dr. Shelley N. Pressley

Shelley N. Pressley

Assistant Research Professor




(509) 335-5443 (Dana) | (509) 335-1252 (Smith CUE)

Laboratory for Atmospheric Research (LAR)


  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering Washington State University, WA 2004 Dissertation: Isoprene flux measurements above a northern hardwood forest
  • M.S. Environmental Engineering Washington State University, WA 1999 Dissertation: Biogenic hydrocarbon emissions from an old growth forest and a poplar plantation
  • B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 1992

Professional Experience

  • Director of Undergraduate Research, University College, Washington State University (August 2011 – present)
  • Assistant Research Professor Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA (January 2007-present)
  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA (October 2004-December 2006)
  • National Science Foundation – Integrated Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) Fellowship/Pre-Doctoral Fellow Biosphere Atmosphere Research Training (BART) Western Michigan University, (2000-2002)
  • Civil Engineer ABB Environmental Services, Inc., Portland, ME (1992 – 1996)


  • Participant in the Dissertations initiative for the advancement of climate-change research (DISCCRS II), CA, 2006
  • Participant in the Atmospheric Chemistry Colloquium for Emerging Senior Scientists (ACCESS VIII) in addition to the Atmospheric Chemistry Gordon Conference, MT, 2005
  • Recipient, John Roberson Thesis/Dissertation Award (2005)

Research Interests

  • Trace gas measurement, in particular between the biosphere-atmosphere interface
  • The impact of climate change and future land use changes on air quality
  • The physiological controls of biogenic hydrocarbon emissions
  • Micrometeorological measurement techniques, including eddy covariance


  • Instructor for Nitrogen Systems: Policy-oriented Integrated Research and Education (NSPIRE) IGERT graduate level course entitled Nitrogen Methods Workshop (Spring 2009, 2010).
  • Mentoring for students participating in the LAR undergraduate research opportunities program
  • Instructor Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, Introduction to Meteorology, CE 174 (Fall 2001).


  • Steiner, A. L., Pressley, S. N., Botros, A., Jones, E., Chung, S. H., and Edburg, S. L.(2011): Analysis of coherent structures and atmosphere-canopy coupling strength during the CABINEX field campaign, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 11, 11921-11936, doi:10.5194/acp-11-11921-2011, 2011.
  • Kanawade, V. P., Jobson, B. T., Guenther, A. B., Erupe, M. E., Pressley, S. N., Tripathi, and S. N., Lee, S.-H. (2011) Isoprene suppression of new particle formation in a mixed deciduous forest. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 11, 6013-6027, doi:10.5194/acp-11-6013-2011.
  • Velasco, E., Pressley, S., Grivicke, R., Allwine, E., Molina, L.T., and Lamb, B. (2011) Observation and parameterization of the energy balance from an urban district of Mexico City during MILAGRO-2006, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 103: 3 pg 501-517. DOI: 10.1007/s00704-010-0314-7.
  • Velasco, E., Pressley, S., Grivicke, R., Allwine, E., Coons, T., Foster, W., Jobson, T., Westberg, H., Ramos, R., Hernandez, F., Molina, L. T., and Lamb, B, (2009) Eddy covariance flux measurements of pollutant gases in urban Mexico City. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 9, 19, 7325-7342.
  • Turnipseed, A., S. Pressley, T. Karl, B. Lamb, E. Nemitz, G. Allwine, A. Cooper, S. Shertz, and A.Guenther, (2009) The use of disjunct sampling methods for the determination of ecosystem level fluxes of trace gases. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 9, 981-994.
  • Hogg, A., J. Uddling, D. Ellsworth, M.A. Carroll, S. Pressley, B. Lamb, and C. Vogel, (2007) Stomatal and non-stomatal fluxes of ozone to a northern mixed hardwood forest. Tellus Series B – Chemical and Physical Meteorology 59, 514-525.
  • Arneth, A., U. Niinemets, S. Pressley, J. B├Ąck, P. Hari, T. Karl, S. Noe, C. Prentice, D. Serca, T. Hickler, A. Wolf, and B. Smith (2007) Process-based estimates of terrestrial ecosystem isoprene emissions: incorporating the effects of a direct CO2-isoprene interaction. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 7, 31-53.
  • Ortega, J., D. Helmig, A. Guenther, P. Harley, S. Pressley, and C. Vogel (2007) Flux estimates and OH reaction potential of reactive biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) from a mixed northern hardwood forest. Atmospheric Environment 41, 5479-5495.
  • Pressley, S. N., B. Lamb, H. Westberg, and C. Vogel, (2006) Relationships among canopy scale energy fluxes and isoprene flux derived from long-term, seasonal eddy covariance measurements over a hardwood forest. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 136, 188-202.
  • Palmer, Paul I., D. S. Abbott, T.-M. Fu, D. Jacob, K. Chance, T. P. Kurosu, A. Guenther, C. Wiedinmyer, J. C. Stanton, M. J. Pilling, S. Pressley, B. Lamb, and A. L. Sumner, (2006) Quantifying the seasonal and interannual variability of North American isoprene emissions using satellite observations of the formaldehyde column. Journal of Geophysical Research, 111, D12315, doi:10.1029/2005JD006689.
  • Pressley, S., B. Lamb, H. Westberg, J. Flaherty, J. Chen, and C. Vogel, (2005) Long-term isoprene flux measurements above a northern hardwood forest. Journal of Geophysical Research, 110, D07301, doi:10.1029/2004JD005523
  • Velasco, E., B. Lamb, S. Pressley, E. Allwine, H. Westberg, B. T. Jobson, M. Alexander, P. Prazeller, L. Molina, and M. Molina, (2005) Flux measurements of volatile organic compounds from an urban landscape. Geophysical Research Letters, 32, L20802, doi: 10.1029/2005GL023356.