About the writers

Dan Jaffe, Ph.D.

dan jaffe on ski slopes with Mt. Rainier in the background

Dan Jaffe is a Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of Washington in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences (UWS) and in the School of STEM at the UW Bothell Campus.   He is also the Chair of the Physical Sciences Division in the School of STEM at UW Bothell.  He is an expert on atmospheric chemistry, mercury, ozone, urban and regional smog and long range transport of pollutants and the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications on these topics.  Dr. Jaffe is widely recognized an expert on the atmospheric chemistry of wildfires, global transport of pollutants, especially transport from Asia to the U.S.

Dan was named to the National Academy of Sciences’ panel on “Global Sources of Air Pollutants” and received the University of Washington Bothell’s first Distinguished Research Award.  He started and is the Principal Investigator for the Mt. Bachelor Observatory in Central Oregon, which is the only high elevation research station on the west coast of the U.S.  His research has been supported by the NSF, NOAA, EPA, NASA, NPS, EPRI, API and other organizations.   He is also a hiker, skier and mountain climber and has climbed many of the tallest peaks in North America, Europe and South America.   

Arielle Benyo

Arielle Benyo portrait at the beach

Arielle Benyo graduated with honors in 2018 from the University of Washington-Bothell with a degree in Biochemistry, and has been a strong supporter of citizen science and green urban development for years. She volunteers at the Seattle Aquarium, the Nature Conservancy, Washington Chapter, and was the director of a local outdoor adventure camp for kids aged 10-13 for several years. She has experience in informal education from working with kids and adults of all ages for more than a decade, and is currently pursuing a masters degree in teaching secondary education with an emphasis on chemistry and physics. You can usually find her walking or paddle boarding around the Seattle area with her husband and her dog, planning her next scuba diving trip or geeking out about new light rail stations in the area.

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