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Dr. Susan O'Neill | NRCS Air Quality and Atmospheric Change

NRCS-National Air Quality and Atmospheric Change Team
1201 NE Lloyd Blvd, Suite 1000
Portland, Oregon 97232-1202
Phone: 503-273-2438
Fax: 503-273-2401
Email: susan.oneill@por.usda.gov

Education
Year Degree/Institution
2002 Ph.D. Civil Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
1996 M.S. Environmental Engineering, Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Butte, MT
Minors: Hydro-geological Engineering, Computer Science
1989 B.S. Mechanical Engineering, California State University, Chico, CA

Background
Years Position
2005-current Air Quality Scientist, USDA NRCS National Air Quality and Atmospheric Change Team, Portland, OR
2002-2005 Research Air Quality Engineer, USDA Forest Service, AirFIRE Team, Seattle, WA
1997-2002 Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
1994-1996 Research Assistant, Department of Environmental Engineering, Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Butte, MT
1993-1994 Software Engineer, Metaphase Technology Inc., Minneapolis, MN
1993 Information Systems Consultant, Euler Solutions, Minneapolis, MN
1989-1993 Computer Systems Engineer, General Dynamics/Computer Sciences Corporation, San Diego, CA

Publications

Barna, M.B., B.K. Lamb, S.M. O’Neill , H. Westberg, C. Figueroa-Kaminsky, S. Otterson, C. Bowman, J. DeMay (2000). Modeling Ozone Formation and Transport in the Cascadia Region of the Pacific Northwest, Journal of Applied Meteorology, 39, 349-366, Click here to access.

Chen,J., J. Avise, B. Lamb, E. Salathe, C. Mass, A. Guenther, C. Wiedinmyer, J.-F. Lamarque, S. O’Neill , D. McKenzie, and N. Larkin (2009). The effects of global changes upon regional ozone pollution in the United States. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 1125–1141, 2009, Click here to access

Chen J., J. Vaughan, J. Avise, S. O’Neill, B. Lamb (2008a) Enhancement and evaluation of the AIRPACT ozone and PM2.5 forecast system for the Pacific Northwest. Journal of Geophysical Research 113, D14305, doi:10.1029/2007JD009554, Click here to access.

Chen J., J. Avise J, B. Lamb, E. Salath, C. Mass, A. Guenther, C. Wiedinmyer, J-F. Lamarque, S. O’Neill, D. McKenzie, and N. Larkin (2008b) The effects of global changes upon regional ozone pollution in the United States. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 8, 15165-15205, Click here to access.

Evers, L., S.A. Ferguson, S.M. O’Neill , J. Hoadley (2006). Applying BlueSky Smoke Modeling Framework on Wildland Fires. Fire Management Today, Volume 66, No. 3, Summer 2006, Click here to access.

Larkin, N.K., S.M. O’Neill , R. Solomon, S. Raffuse, T. Strand, D.C. Sullivan C. Krull, M. Rorig, J. Peterson, S.A. Ferguson (2009). The BlueSky Smoke Modeling Framework. International Journal of Wildland Fire, 18, 906-920, Click here to access.

McKenzie, D., S.M. O’Neill , N. Larkin, R. Norheim (2006). Integrating Models to Predict Regional Haze from Wildland Fire. Ecological Modeling, Volume 199, Issue 3, 278-288, click here to access.

O’Neill, S.M., N.K. Larkin, J. Hoadley, G. Mills, J.K. Vaughan, R. Draxler, G. Rolph, M. Ruminski, S.A. Ferguson (2009). Regional Real-Time Smoke Prediction Systems. Book Chapter in Wildland Fires and Air Pollution, Developments in Environmental Science, vol. 8, edited by A. Bytnerowicz et al., pp 499-534, Elsevier B.V., Oxford, U.K.

O’Neill, S.M., J. Hoadley, S.A. Ferguson, R. Solomon, J. Peterson, N.K. Larkin, R. Peterson, R. Wilson, and D. Matheny (2006). Applications of the BlueSkyRAINS Smoke Prediction System. EM The Magazine for Environmental Mangers, Air and Waste Management Association, September, p.42.

O’Neill, S.M., B.K. Lamb, J. Chen, C. Claiborn, D. Finn, S. Otterson, C. Figueroa, C. Bowman, M. Boyer, R. Wilson, J. Arnold, S. Aalbers, J. Stocum, C. Swab, M. Stoll, M. DuBois, M. Anderson (2006). Modeling Ozone and Aerosol Formation and Transport in the Pacific Northwest with the Community Multi-scale Air Quality (CMAQ) Modeling System. Environmental Science and Technology, 40, 1286-1299, Click here to access.

O’Neill, S.M., B.K. Lamb (2005). Inter-comparison of the Community Multi-scale Air Quality (CMAQ) Model and CALGRID using Process Analysis.  Environmental Science and Technology, 39 (15), 5742-5753, Click here to access.

O’Neill, S.M. Modeling Ozone and Aerosol Formation and Transport in the Pacific Northwest and Calculating Fractional Source Contributions to Downwind Receptors (2002). Ph.D. Dissertation, Washington State University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pullman, WA.

O’Neill, S.M. (1996). The Meandering INstantaneous Diffusion (MIND) Model. Masters Thesis, Department of Environmental Engineering, Montana Tech of the University of Montana.

Peterson, H.G., T. Donovan, S.M. O’Neill , B.K. Lamb (2003). Peak Concentrations and Plume Diffusion in the Atmospheric Surface Layer.  Intermountain Journal of Sciences, Volume 9, No. 2/3:87-100, September 2003.

Peterson, H.G., D. Mazzolini, S.M. O’Neill , B.K. Lamb (1999). Instantaneous Spread of Plumes in the Surface Layer, Journal of Applied Meteorology, 38, 343-352, Click here to access.

Villasenor, R., C. Claiborn, B.K. Lamb, S.M. O’Neill (2001). Mesoscale Modeling of Wintertime Particulate Matter Episodes in Eastern Washington, USA.  Atmospheric Environment, Volume 35, Issue 36, December 2001, pages 6479 - 6491, Click here to access.

Weaver, C.P., Liang, X.-Z., Zhu, J., Adams, P.J., Amar, P., Avise, J., Caughey, M., Chen, J., Cohen, R.C., Cooter, E., Dawson, J.P., Gilliam, R., Gilliland, A., Goldstein, A.H., Grambsch, A., Grano, D., Guenther, A.B., Gustafson, W.I., Harley, R., He, S., Hemming, B., Hogrefe, C., Huang, H.-C., Hunt, S.W., Jacob, D.J., Kinney, P.L., Kunkel, K., Lamarque, J.-F., Lamb, B., Larkin, N.K., Leung, L.R., Liao, K.-J., Lin, J.-T., Lynn, B.H., Manomai phi boon, K., Mass, C., McKenzie, D., Mickley, L.J., O’Neill, S.M., Nolte, C., Pandis, S.N., Racherla, P.N., Rosenzweig, C., Russell, A.G., Salathé, E., Steiner, A.L., Tagaris, E., Tao, Z., Tonse, S., Wiedinmyer, C., Williams, A., Winner, D.A., Woo, J.-H., Wu, S., Wuebbles, D.J. 2009: A preliminary synthesis of modeled climate change impacts on U.S. regional ozone concentrations. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 90, 1843-1863, 10.1175/2009BAMS2568.1, Click here to access.

Wiedinmyer, C., B. Quayle, C. Geron, A. Belote, D. McKenzie, X. Zhang, S.M. O’Neill , K.K. Wynne (2006). Estimating Emissions from Fires in North America for Air Quality Modeling. Atmospheric Environment, 40 (2006) 3419-3432, Click here to access.

Extended Abstracts

Adkins, J.W., S.M. O’Neill , S.A. Ferguson, M. Rorig, C.M. Berg, J.L. Hoadley (2003). Accessing Accuracy of the BlueSky Smoke Modeling Framework during Wildfire Events. 5th Symposium of Fire and Forest Meteorology, American Meteorological Society, Orlando, Florida, Click here to access.

Berg, C.M., S.M. O’Neill , S.A. Ferguson, J.W. Adkins (2003). Application of the BlueSky Smoke Modeling Framework to the Rex Creek Wildfire. 5th Symposium of Fire and Forest Meteorology, American Meteorological Society, Orlando, Florida, Click here to access.

Hoadley, J., M. Rorig, S.M. O’Neill , S.A. Ferguson (2005). Operational Evaluation of BlueSkyRAINS. 6th Symposium of Fire and Forest Meteorology, American Meteorological Society, Canmore, Alberta, Canada, Click here to access.

Larkin, N.K., D. McKenzie, S.M. O’Neill (2003). A Fire Scenario Builder for Coarse-Scale Modeling of Current and Future Fire Effects. 5th Symposium of Fire and Forest Meteorology, American Meteorological Society, Orlando, Florida, Click here to access.

O’Neill, S.M., S.A. Ferguson, J. Peterson, and R. Wilson (2003). The BlueSky Smoke Modeling Framework (www.blueskyrains.org). 5th Symposium of Fire and Forest Meteorology, American Meteorological Society, Orlando, Florida, Click here to access.

O’Neill, S.M., B.K. Lamb, J. Chen, C. Claiborn, D. Finn, S. Otterson, C. Figueroa, C. Bowman, M. Boyer, R. Wilson, J. Arnold, S. Aalbers, J. Stocum, C. Swab (2002). Modeling Aerosol Formation and Transport in the Pacific Northwest with the Community Multi-scale Air Quality (CMAQ) Modeling System. 2002 Models-3 Users Workshop, EPA, Research Triangle Park, Click here to access.

O’Neill, S.M., B.K. Lamb, J. Chen, S. Napelenok, E. J. Allwine, D. Stock, J. B. McManus, J. H. Shorter, C. E. Kolb (2001). Correlating an Upwind Source-Footprint with Urban Emissions Data Using the MM5/MCIP/CALPUFF Modeling System. Preprint Volume of the International Emission Inventory Conference, US EPA, Click here to access.

O’Neill, S.M., R. Villasenor, B.K. Lamb, D. Stock, E. Allwine, J. H. Shorter, J. B. McManus (1998). “Turbulence Model of an Urban Landscape for use in an Urban Footprint Model.â€� Preprint Volume of the 23rd Conference on Agricultural & Forest Meteorology, 13th Conference on Biometeorolgy and Aerobiology, and 2nd Urban Environment Symposium, American Meteorological Society, Boston, 180-183.

Sestak, M., S.M. O’Neill , S. Ferguson, J. Ching, D. Fox (2002). Integration of Wildfire Emissions into Models-3/CMAQ with the Prototypes: Community Smoke Emissions Modeling (CSEM) System and BlueSky. 2002 Models-3 Users Workshop, EPA, Research Triangle Park, Click here to access.

Pouliot, G., T. Pierce, W. Benjey, S.M. O’Neill , S.A. Ferguson (2005). Wildfire Emission Modeling: Integrating BlueSky and SMOKE. 14th Annual International Emission Inventory Conference, Las Vegas, NV, Click here to access.

Professional Development

  • Washington State University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Board (2011-2014)
  • Guard School for Fire Fighter Red Card Certification (2002)
  • Engineer in Training (EIT) Certification (1989)

Professional Society Memberships

  • Amercan Geophysical Union
  • American Meteorological Society
  • Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society

Honors and Awards

  • 2011 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Blue Ribbon Award, Educational Aids Competition, Electronic Delivery Category – USDA-NRCS Air Quality and Energy On-line Courses
  • 2005 Certificate of Appreciation. USDA. For excellence as acting Team Leader for Forest Service AirFIRE Team.
  • 2005 USDOI and USDA National Fire Plan Excellence in Research Award to the BlueSky Consortium.
  • 2003 Gold Medal Innovation Award, U.S. EPA Region 10. For the BlueSkyRAINS System.
  • 1998 - 2001 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship