Olga L. Mayol

Ph.D., Chemistry. University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 1998. Manager Cape San Juan Station.


Research Interests:

Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry. Chemical, physical and optical properties of atmospheric aerosols; impact of aerosols on climate; size-resolved chemical composition and sources of aerosols in tropical regions; carbonaceous aerosols; organic aerosols and their role in cloud condensation nuclei properties; impact of atmospheric aerosols on the ecosystem, the degradation of structures and health.


Courses Taught:


Analytic Chemistry Seminar, Environmental Conservation and Management Techniques, Advanced Topics in Environmental Chemistry, Advanced Topics in Analytical Chemistry, General Chemistry I and II, Air Resources: Conservation and Management


Current projects:

Physical and chemical properties of aerosol particles as a function of their origin (African dust, North America continent, maritime trade winds, Southeastern Caribbean wind currents) and after long-range transport.



  1. Prospero, J.M. and O. L. Mayol-Bracero, Understanding the Transport and Impact of African Dust on the Caribbean Basin, B. Am. Meteorol. Soc., DOI: 10.1175/BAMS-D-12-00142.1, 2013..
  2. Gioda, A., O. L. Mayol-Bracero, F. N. Scatena, K. C. Weathers, V. L. Mateus, and W. H. McDowell, Chemical constituents in clouds and rainwater in the Puerto Rican rainforest: Potential sources and seasonal drivers. Atmos. Environ., 68, 208-220, 2013.
  3. Gioda, A., G.J. Reyes-Rodriguez, G. Santos-Figueroa, J. Collett Jr., S. Decesari, M.C. Ramos, H.J.C. Bezerra Netto, F.R. Aquino Neto, O.L. Mayol-Bracero, Speciation of water-soluble inorganic, organic and total nitrogen in a background marine environment: cloud water, rainwater and aerosol particles, Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, doi:10.1029/2010JD015010, 2011.
  4. Soto-García, L.L., M.O. Andreae, T.W. Andreae, P. Artaxo, W. Maenhaut, T. Kirchstetter, T. Novakov, J.C. Chow, and O.L. Mayol-Bracero, Evaluation of the carbon content of aerosols from the burning of biomass in the Brazilian Amazon using thermal, optical and thermal- optical analysis methods, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 4425-4444, 2011
  5. Martin, S. T., M. O. Andreae, P. Artaxo, D. Baumgardner, Q. Chen, A. H. Goldstein, A. Guenther, C. L. Heald, O. L. Mayol-Bracero, P. H. McMurry, T. Pauliquevis, U. Pöschl, K. A. Prather, G. C. Roberts, S. R. Saleska, M.A. Silva Dias, D. V. Spracklen, E. Swietlicki, and I. Trebs, Sources and Properties of Amazonian Aerosol Particles, Reviews of Geophysics, 48, RG2002, doi:10.1029/2008RG000280., 2010.


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