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Nicole Bouvier-Brown - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Nicole Bouvier-Brown Nicole Bouvier-Brown

Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry | Loyola Marymount University


Seaver College of Science and Engineering





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Phone: 310.338.7576
Email: nbouvier@lmu.edu
Office: Life Sciences Building 384

Nicole Bouvier-Brown is an Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Loyola Marymount University.

Education (2)

University of California at Berkeley: Ph.D., Environmental Science, Policy, and Management 2008

St. Mary's College of California: B.Sc., Biology/Chemistry (Environmental) 2003

Areas of Expertise (6)

Environmental Chemistry Air Quality Atmospheric Chemistry Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) Biogenic VOCs Environmental Justice

Industry Expertise (2)

Education/Learning Research

Media Appearances (1)

A Need For Adept Chemistry Teachers Is Expanding In LA

CBS Los Angeles  online


The Golden State remains one of the top areas in the nation that puts to work the highest number of chemistry teachers. Many instructors employed by colleges, universities and professional schools within the greater Los Angeles region earn more than $100,000 annually, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Event Appearances (5)

Air Pollution and Environmental Justice Awareness

AGU  San Francisco, CA


Beyond the data – Topics that resonate with students when communicating basic climate science in a Geoscience course

AGU  San Francisco, CA


VOCs and IVOCs in the Los Angeles Basin: Quantification and Correlation to Regional Demographics

AGU  San Francisco, CA


Quantifying anthropogenic semivolatile compounds in urban areas: A potential community-based learning project

AESS 2013 Conference  Pittsburgh, PA


Terpene content in and emission from California Incense-Cedar (Calocedrus decurrens)

Gordon Research Conference - Biogenic Hydrocarbons  Lewiston, Maine


Articles (6)

Textbook-Bundled Metacognative Tools: A Study of LearnSmart's Efficacy in General Chemistry Journal on Excellence in College Teaching


College textbook publishers increasingly bundle sophisticated technology-based study tools with their texts. These tools appear promising, but empirical work on their efficacy is needed. We examined whether LearnSmart, a study tool bundled with McGraw-Hill’s textbook Chemistry (Chang & Goldsby, 2013), improved learning in an undergraduate general chemistry course. Content-knowledge gains of those students who used LearnSmart, those who did not use it, and those who used it with scaffolding questions that supported use of the tool’s metacognitive features were compared. The metacognitive scaffolding questions appeared to help students use LearnSmart more effectively than did using LearnSmart by itself, which did not confer learning benefits. Implications for adopting LearnSmart and similar tools are discussed.

Environmental Justice through Atmospheric Chemistry Service Learning and Environmental Chemistry: Relevant Connections


The burdens of air pollution are not equally shared among all people. Air quality data, whether extracted from online databases or collected in the field, can be used to demonstrate the patterns of exposure to air pollution.

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A portable and inexpensive method for quantifying ambient intermediate volatility organic compounds Atmospheric Environment


Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and intermediate volatility VOCs (IVOCs) are gas-phase organic compounds which may participate in chemical reactions affecting air quality and climate. The development of an inexpensive, field-portable quantification method for higher molecular weight VOCs and IVOCs utilizing commercially available components could be used as a tool to survey aerosol precursors or identify and monitor air quality in various communities.

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Contributions of biogenic volatile organic compounds to net ecosystem carbon flux in a ponderosa pine plantation Atmospheric Environment


When assessing net ecosystem exchange (NEE) and net ecosystem carbon balance (NECB), respiration is generally assumed to be the only significant loss of carbon to the atmosphere. However, carbon is also emitted from ecosystems in the form of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs).

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Photochemical modeling of glyoxal at a rural site: observations and analysis from BEARPEX 2007 Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics


We present roughly one month of high time-resolution, direct, in situ measurements of gas-phase glyoxal acquired during the BEARPEX 2007 field campaign. The research site, located on a ponderosa pine plantation in the Sierra Nevada mountains, is strongly influenced by biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs); thus this data adds to the few existing measurements of glyoxal in BVOC-dominated areas.

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The chemistry of atmosphere-forest exchange (CAFE) model, Part II: Application to BEARPEX-2007 observations Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics


In a companion paper, we introduced the Chemistry of Atmosphere-Forest Exchange (CAFE) model, a vertically-resolved 1-D chemical transport model designed to probe the details of near-surface reactive gas exchange. Here, we apply CAFE to noontime observations from the 2007 Biosphere Effects on Aerosols and Photochemistry Experiment (BEARPEX-2007).

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