Celia Faiola

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Assistant Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
School of Biological Sciences
Ph.D., Washington State University, 2014, Engineering Science
B.S., Central Washington University, 2009, Biology: teaching specialization
B.S., Central Washington University, 2009, Chemistry: biochemistry specialization
Phone: (949) 824-2061
Email: cfaiola@uci.edu
University of California, Irvine
463 Steinhaus Hall
Mail Code: 2525
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
climate change feedbacks, plant volatiles, biogenic secondary organic aerosol, biosphere-atmosphere interactions
Academic Distinctions
2016: Selected participant for 1st IGAC Early Career Short Course, Breckenridge, CO, USA

2015: Selected participant for ACCESS XIII, 13th Atmospheric Chemistry Colloquium for Emerging Senior Scientists, Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York, USA

2014: John Orsborn Outstanding Graduate Student Award in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Washington State University

2014: Harriet B. Rigas Award for Outstanding Women in Gradute Studies at the Doctoral Level

2012: Selected participant for SETAC short course, "Air Quality at the Interface: Mega Cities and Adjacent Agroecosystems", La Plata, Argentina

2009-2011: NSF IGERT Fellow, Biosphere-Atmosphere Research and Training
2014-2016: University of Eastern Finland, Aerosol Physics Research Group, Department of Applied Physics, Kuopio, Finland
Research Abstract
Ecological climatology is the study of interactions between the terrestrial environment and climate. Our research focuses on the complex interaction involving the biological production, release, and ultimate fate of gaseous organic molecules emitted from plants and microbes. These molecules have many important influences on atmospheric processes, such as playing a role in the production of cloud precursors called atmospheric aerosol. Some of the questions we seek to to answer include how emission rates of specific organic molecules called terpenes are evolving in a changing climate, if some climate change stressors alter organic emissions more than others, and how will the altered emissions influence the production of atmospheric aerosol. This research is conducted with complementary laboratory, field, and modeling experiments.

(17) Faiola, C. L., and Taipale. D. “Plant stress volatiles from insect herbivory: synthesis and recommendations for future measurements”, Atmospheric Environment, in press.


(16) Kari, E., Hao, L., Ylisirniö, A., Buchholz, A., Leskinen, A., Yli-Pirilä, P., Nuutinen, I., Kuuspalo, K., Jokiniemi, J., Faiola, C. L., Schobesberger, S., and Virtanen, A. ”Potential dual effect of anthropogenic emissions on the formation of biogenic SOA (BSOA)”, Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics, Special Issue: Simulation chambers as tools in atmospheric research, DOI: https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-15651-2019.

(15) Faiola, C. L., Khalaj, F., Buchholz, A., Kari, E., Ylisirniö, A., Kivimäenää, M., Holopainene, J. K., Yli-Juuti, T., Virtanen, A. (2019). ”Secondary organic aerosol production from healthy and aphid-stressed Scots pine emissions”, Earth and Space Chemistry, Special Issue: New Advances in Organic Aerosol Chemistry, 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.9b00118.

(14) Kari, E., Faiola, C. L., Isokääntä, S., Miettinen, P., Yli-Pirilä, P., Buchholz, A., Kivimäenpää, M., Mikkonen, S., Holopainen, J. K., and Virtanen, A. (2019). “Time-resolved characterization of Scots pine biotic stress emissions from pine weevil feeding using a PTR-ToF-MS”, Boreal Environment Research, 24: 25-49, ISSN: 1797-2469.

(13) Buchholz, A., Ylisirniö, A., Mohr, C., Lambe, A. T., Faiola, C. L., Kari, E., Li, Z., Nizkorodov, S. A., Pajunoja, A., Schobesberger, S., Worsnop, D. R., Yli-Juuti, T., Virtanen, A. (2019). ”Insights into the O:C dependent mechanisms controlling the evaporation of a-pinene secondary organic aerosol particles”, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, DOI: 10.5194/acp-19-4061-2019


(12) Kari, E., Miettinen, P., Yli-Pirilä, P., Virtanen, A., and Faiola, C. L. “PTR-ToF-MS product ion distributions and humidity-dependence of biogenic volatile organic compounds”, International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, 430, 2018. DOI:10.1016/j.ijms.2018.05.003.

(11) Faiola, C. L., Buchholz, A., Kari, E., Yli-Pirilä, P., Holopainen, J. K., Kivimäenpää, M., Miettinen, P., Worsnop, D. R., Lehtinen, K. E. J., Guenther, A. B., and Virtanen, A. “Terpene composition complexity controls secondary organic aerosol yields from Scots pine volatile emissions”, Scientific Reports, 8, 2018. DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-21045-1.


(10) Yli-Juuti, T., Pajunoja, A., Tikkanen, O., Buchholz, A., Faiola, C., Väisänen, O., Hao, L., Kari, E., Peräkylä, O.., Garmash, O., Shiraiwa, M., Ehn, M., Lehtinen, K., Virtanen, A. ”Factors controlling the evaporation of secondary organic aerosol from a-Pinene ozonolysis”, Journal of Geophysical Research, 44, 2562-2570, 2017. DOI: 10.1002/2016GL072364.

(9) Kari, E., Hao, L. Q., Yli-Pirilä, P., Kortelainen, M., Grigonyte, J., Leskinen, A., Sippula, O., Jokiniemi, J., Faiola, C. L., Virtanen, A. ”The Effect of Pellet Boiler Exhaust on Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation from a-Pinene”, Environmental Science and Technology, 51 (3), 1423–1432, 2017. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b04919


(8) Herring, C. L., Faiola, C. L., Massoli, P., Sueper, D. Erickson, M. H., McDonald, J. D., Simpson, C. D. Yost, M. G., Jobson, B. T., VanReken, T. M. “New methodology for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) quantification using high-resolution aerosol mass spectrometry”, Aerosol Science & Technology, 49, 1131-1148, 2015.

(7) Joutsensaari, J., Yli-Pirilä, P., Korhonen, H., Arola, A., Blande, J. D., Heijari, J., Kivimäenpää, M., Mikkonen, S., Hao, L., Miettinen, P., Lyytikäinen-Saarenmaa, P., Faiola, C.L., Laaksonen, A., Holopainen, J. K. ”Biotic stress accelerates formation of climate-relevant aerosols in boreal forests”, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15, 12139-12157, 2015.

(6) Faiola, C. L., Wen, M., VanReken, T. M. “Chemical characterization of biogenic SOA generated from plant emissions under baseline and stressed conditions: inter- and intra-species variability for six coniferous species”, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15, 3629-3646, 2015.

(5) Faiola, C. L., Jobson, B. T., VanReken, T. M.:“Impacts of Simulated Herbivory on VOC Emission Profiles from Coniferous Plants”, Biogeosciences, 12, 527-547, 2015.

(4) Faiola, C. L., VanderSchelden, G., Wen, M., Cobos, D., Jobson, B. T., VanReken, T. M. “SOA Formation Potential of Emissions from Soil and Leaf Litter”, Environmental Science & Technology, 48(2), 938-946, 2014.

(3) Faiola, C. L., Erickson, M. H., Fricaud, V. L., Jobson, B. T., and VanReken, T. M.: “Quantification of Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds With a Flame Ionization Detector Using the Effective Carbon Number Concept”, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 5, 2415-2447, 2012.

(2) Faiola, C., Johansen, A., Rybka, S., Nieber, A., Thomas, C., Bryner, S., Johnston, J., Engelhard, M., Nachimuthu, P., and Owens, K. “Ultrafine Particulate Ferrous Iron and Anthracene Associations with Mitochondrial Dysfunction”, Aerosol Science & Technology, 45:1109–1122, 2011.

(1) Quitadamo, I. J., Faiola, C. L., Johnson, J. E., and Kurtz, M. J. “Community-based Inquiry Improves Critical Thinking in General Education Biology”, CBE—Life Sciences Education, 7, 327-337, 2008.
Research Centers
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