Kristie Boering

Karen Boering

Kristie Boering

College of Chemistry - Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Earth and Planetary Science

Department of Chemistry

Dept of Chemistry
BG3 Giauque
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1460

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Kristie A. Boering attended the University of California, San Diego, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with a Specialization in Earth Science, magna cum laude, in 1985. Under the supervision of John I. Brauman, she completed her PhD in physical chemistry at Stanford University in 1991 on experimental investigations of energy transfer in non-reactive collisions between polyatomic gas-phase anions and bath gases. In 1991, she went to Harvard University as a postdoctoral fellow in Steven C. Wofsy’s group where she designed, built, and deployed highly-precise instruments to measure carbon dioxide mixing ratios in situ in the upper troposphere and stratosphere aboard NASA U-2 spyplanes and high altitude scientific balloons. She continued at Harvard as a research associate from 1994 to 1998, making field observations in New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Brazil, New Mexico, and Alaska. In 1998, she joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, as Assistant Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and of Earth and Planetary Science and was promoted to Associate Professor (with tenure) in 2005. She is also a Faculty Scientist in the Earth Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and has been a Velux Visiting Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Copenhagen (June 2005) and a Visiting Professor at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Atmospheric Chemistry Division, in Mainz, Germany (2006-2007). She has received the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2005), the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship in Science and Engineering (2000), the UC Berkeley Department of Chemistry Teaching Award (2004), and the Hellman Foundation Junior Faculty Award for Excellence in Research (2000), and was a Science Scholar at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, Harvard University (1995-1996), a U.S. Department of Energy Global Change Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University (1992-1994), and a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow at Stanford University (1987-1990). She is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Geophysical Union, the UC Berkeley Atmospheric Science Center, and the UC Berkeley Center for Integrative Planetary Science.