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

Nicole Bouvier-Brown

Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry; Director of Environmental Science Program; Co-Executive Director of Coastal Research Institute | Loyola Marymount University


Seaver College of Science and Engineering


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 (7)

Climate Literacy

Environmental Justice

Biogenic VOCs

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)

Atmospheric Chemistry

Air Quality

Environmental Chemistry

Industry Expertise (2)



Articles (7)

Nurturing Student Scientists as People of Faith

Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal

Nicole C. Bouvier-Brown


The Loyola Marymount University (LMU) campus community fosters the interplay between religious faith and scientific reason. Not only is this evident by honoring scientists in the stained-glass windows of Sacred Heart Chapel, but the culture invigorates a disproportionate number of science students to actively engage with the faith community. This integration might seem counter to society’s norms, but it is well aligned with the teachings of the Catholic Church and Jesuit tradition. Jesuit universities, in particular, have a unique role to play in fostering the mutual enrichment between faith and scientific reason. Education should be used to bridge the misunderstandings between faith and science. Faculty members, particularly at Jesuit universities, have a wonderful opportunity to share their experiences with students through teaching and scholarship.

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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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