Christopher Cappa, Ph.D.

Chris Cappa

Position Title

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry
  • Air Quality Research Center
UC Davis Main Campus

Chris Cappa is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on understanding the processes that govern production, transformation, and losses of atmospheric aerosols and the factors that control their climate impacts--including in marine environments. His work through the NSF Center for Aerosol Impacts on Chemistry of the Environment links biological and physical processes in the ocean to aerosol production and composition, with an aim to improve knowledge of marine aerosol impacts on global climate in the face of climate change. He was selected as a UC Davis Chancellor's Fellow in 2013 and currently holds the Ray B. Krone Endowed Professorship in Environmental Engineering. He received his BS in chemistry with a minor in environmental science from Hope College and his PhD in chemistry from UC Berkeley.