KEVIN PERRY portrait
  • Associate Professor, Atmospheric Sciences
  • Chair Department of Atmospheric Sciences

Research Groups

  • Joel Lisonbee, Graduate Student. Atmospheric Sciences. 08/16/2008 - 06/15/2010. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: Awarded M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences December 2010.
  • Lance Richards, Graduate Student. Atmospheric Sciences. 08/15/2007 - 02/28/2010. Awards/Scholarships/Stipends: Awarded MS in Atmospheric Sciences December 2009.


  • “Clearing the Air: What is an Inversion and How Does it Impact Health”, University of Utah Health Sciences Library Seminar Series, Salt Lake City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 01/28/2015.
  • Weiss-Penzias, P. S., C. Eckley, M. Parsons, M. S. Gustin, D. A. Jaffe, K. Morris, D. Obrist, R. Mintz, A. Steffen, A. S. Cole, K. D. Perry, S. E. Rothenberg, D. Gay, D. Schmeltz, “Spatial and temporal patterns of air concentrations of mercury in Western North America 1998-present”, American Geophysical Union Fall Conference, San Francisco, Dec. 9-13, 2013. Conference Paper, Presented, 12/09/2013.
  • Van Curen, R. A., Y. Zhao, and K. D. Perry, “Highly Size- and Time- Resolved Aerosol Source Allocation at Urban and Rural Sites During NASA - DISCOVER-AQ Winter Study 2013 in the San Joaquin Valley, CA”, American Geophysical Union Fall Conference, San Francisco, Dec. 9-13, 2013. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 12/09/2013.
  • “What We Know and Don’t Know About Weather – Air Quality Linkages”, Air Quality, Society, and Health Program Retreat, Salt Lake City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/2013.
  • UT96 AMNet Site Hg Point Source Identification (Proof of Principle). Presented to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality on December 14, 2010. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 12/14/2010.
  • Preliminary Results from the UT96 AMNet Site (Year 1) presented to the Environmental Protection Agency (Region 8) in Denver Colorado. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/06/2010.
  • Transport and Deposition of Atmospheric Mercury to Southern Idaho. Presented to the Environmental Protection Agency as a Webinar on June 29, 2010. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/29/2010.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Quantitatv Assessmnt-Mercury Influx-Salt Lake (83458301). PI: Kevin Perry. Environmental Protection Agency, 2010 - 07/31/2012. Total project budget to date: $200,000.00
  • Observing Snow and Wind: Using the Environment to Engage Students in Science and Engineering (0940558). PI: Horel, John. Co-PI(s): KEVIN PERRY. National Science Foundation, 2010 - 06/30/2012. Total project budget to date: $135,000.00
  • Grant (83361901). PI: Kevin Perry. Environmental Protection Agency, 2007 - 10/31/2009. Total project budget to date: $360,000.00
  • MERCURY INFLUX TO THE GSL. PI: PERRY,KEVIN. Co-PI(s): William Johnson and Eric Pardyjak. US ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AG, 08/01/2010 - 07/31/2012. Total project budget to date: $200,000.00

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Eastern Asia
  • Greenland
  • United States of America
  • Western Sahara


  • Reid, J. S., Lagrosas, Nofel D., Jonsson, Haflidi H., Reid, Elizabeth A., Atwood, Samuel A., Boyd, Thomas J., Ghate, Virendra P., Lynch, Peng, Posselt, Derek J., Simpas, James B., Uy, Sherdon N., Zaiger, Kimo, Blake, Donald R., Bucholtz, Anthony, Campbell, James R., Chew, Boon Ning, Cliff, Steven S., Holben, Brent N., Holz, Robert E., Hyer, Edward J., Kreidenweis, Sonia M., Kuciaskas, Arunas P., Lolli, Simone, Oo, Min, Perry, Kevin D., Salinas, Santo V., Sessions, Walter R., Smirnov, Alexander, Walker, Annette L., Wang, Qing, Yu, Liya, Zhang, Jianglong, Zhao, Yongjing (2016). Aerosol meteorology of maritime continent for the 2012 7SEAS southwest monsoon intensive study: Part II Philippine receptor observations of fine scale aerosol behavior. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16(22), 14057-14078. Published, 11/15/2016.
  • Wai KM, Wu S, Li X, Jaffe DA & Perry KD (2016). Global Atmospheric Transport and Source-Receptor Relationships for Arsenic. Environmental science & technology. Vol. 50, 3714-20. Published, 04/01/2016.
  • Kaku, Kathleen C., Reid, Jeffrey S., Reid, Elizabeth A., Ross-Langerman, Kristy, Piketh, Stuart, Cliff, Steven, Al Mandoos, Abdulla, Broccardo, Stephen, Zhao, Yongjing, Zhang, Jianglong & Perry, Kevin D. (2016). Investigation of the relative fine and coarse mode aerosol loadings and properties in the Southern Arabian Gulf Region. Atmos. Res., v 169, 171-182. Published, 03/01/2016.
  • Hahnenberger, Maura & Perry, Kevin D. (2015). Chemical comparison of dust and soil from the Sevier Dry Lake, UT, USA. Atmos. Environ., doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.04.054, Vol. 113, 90-97. Published, 07/2015.
  • Zhao, Y., Cliff, Steven S., Javed, Wasim, Mitloehner, Frank M., Pan, Yuee, Perry, Kevin, & Wexler, Anthony S. (2014). Measurements of size- and time-resolved elemental concentrations at a California dairy farm. Atmos. Environ., doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2014.06.011, Vol. 94, 773-781. Published, 09/2014.
  • Smith, D. J., Timonen, H. J., Jaffe, D. A., Grifin, D. W., Birmele, M. N., Perry, K. D., Ward, P. D., & Roberts, M. S. (2013). Intercontinental Dispersal of Bacteria and Archaea by Transpacific Winds. Applied and Environ.Microbiology,doi: 10.1128/AEM.03029-12, Vol. 79(4), 1134-1139. Published, 02/2013.
  • Horel, John D., Perry, Kevin D. & Ziegenfuss, Donna (2013). Transforming an Atmospheric Science Curriculum to Meet Students' Needs. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, doi: heep://, Vol. 94(4), 475-484. Published, 02/2013.
  • Lan, X., R. Talbot, M. Castro, K. D. Perry, & W. Luke, Seasonal and diurnal variations of atmospheric mercury across the US determined from AMNet monitoring data, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 10569-10582, 2012. Published, 11/05/2012.
  • Zhang, Y., L. Jaeglé, A. van Donkelaar, R. V. Martin, C. D. Holmes, H. M. Amos, Q. Wang, R. Talbot, R. Artz, S. Brooks, W. Luke, T. M. Holsen, D. Felton, E. K. Miller, K. D. Perry, D. Schmeltz, A. Steffen, R. Tordon, P. Weiss-Penzias, and R. Zsolway, Nested-grid simulation of mercury over North America, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 12, 2603-2646, doi:10.5194/acpd-12-2603-2012, 2012. Published, 07/16/2012.
  • VanCuren, R. A., T. A. Cahill, J. Burkhart, D. Barnes, Y. Zhao, K. D. Perry, S. S. Cliff, and J. McConnell, Aerosols and their sources at Summit Greenland – First results of continuous size- and time-resolved sampling, Atmos. Environ., 52, 82-97, 2012. Published, 01/2012.
  • Fischer, E., Jaffe, D. A., & Perry, K. D. (2011). Optical and chemical properties of aerosols transported to Mount Bachelor during spring 2010. J. Geophys. Res., 116, D18202, doi.10.1029/2011JD015932. Published, 11/2011.
  • Holmes, H. A., E. R. Pardyjak, K. D. Perry, and M. L. Abbott, Gaseous dry deposition of atmospheric mercury: A comparison of two surface resistance models for deposition to semi-arid vegetation, Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, D14306, doi:10.1029/2010JD015182. Published, 03/2011.
  • Moffet, R. C., Henn, T. R., Tivanski, A. V., Hopkins, R. J., Desyaterik, Y., Kilcoyne, A. L. D., Tyliszczak, T., Fast, J., Barnard, J., Shutthanandan, V., Cliff, S. S., Perry, K. D., Laskin, A., & Gilles, M. K. (2010). Microscopic characterization of carbonaceous aerosol particle aging in the outflow from Mexico City. Atmos. Chem. Phys., Vol. 10(3), 961-976. Published, 02/2010.
  • Cahill, Catherine F., Cahill, Thomas A., & Perry, Kevin D. (2008). The size- and time-resolved composition of aerosols from a sub-Arctic boreal forest prescribed burn. Atmos. Environ. Vol. 42(32), 7553-7559. Published, 10/2008.
  • Ewing, Stephanie A., Sutter, Brad, Owen, Justine, Nishiizumi, Kunihiko, Sharp, Warren, Cliff, Steven S., Perry, Kevin D., Dietrich, William, McKay, Christopher P., & Amundson, Ronald (2006). A threshold in soil formation at Earth’s arid–hyperarid transition. Geochimica et Cosmochmica Acta, Vol. 70(21), 5293-5322. Published, 07/2006.
  • Moon, K. J., J. S. Han, B. J. Kong, I. R. Jung, Steven S Cliff, Thomas A Cahill, Kevin D Perry, (2006)Size-resolved source apportionment of ambient particles by positive matrix factorization at Gosan, Jeju Island during ACE-Asia, Journal of Korean Society for Atmospheric Environment, Vol. 22(5), 590-603. Published, 02/2006.
  • Cahill, T. A., S. S. Cliff, J. Shackelford, M. Meier, M. Dunlap, K. D. Perry, G. Bench, and R. Leifer, (2005) Very fine aerosols from the World Trade Center collapse piles: Anaerobic Incineration?, Book Chapter In ACS Symposium Series 919, Urban Aerosols and their Impacts: Lessons Learned from the World Trade Center Tragedy, J. S. Gaffney and N. A. Marley, Eds., American Chemical Society, Washington D.C., pp 152-163, ISBN 0-84-123916-9. Published, 09/2005.
  • Han, J. S., K. J. Moon, S. Y. Ryu, Y. J. Kim, and K. D. Perry, Source estimation of anthropogenic aerosols collected by a DRUM sampler during spring of 2002 at Gosan, Korea, Atmos Environ., 39, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2005.01.047, pp 3113-3125. Published, 08/2005.
  • VanCuren, R. A., S. S. Cliff, K. D. Perry, and M. P. Jimenez-Cruz, (2005) Continental aerosol dominance above the marine boundary layer in the eastern North Pacific: Continuous aerosol measurements from the 2002 Intercontinental and Chemical Transformation Experiment (ITCT2K2), J. Geophys. Res., 110, D09S90, doi:10.1029/2004JD004973. Published, 07/2005.
  • Cahill, T. A., S. S. Cliff, K. D. Perry, M. Jimenez-Cruz, G. Bench, P. Grant, D. Ueda, J. F. Shackelford, M. Dunlap, M. Meier, P. B. Kelly, S. Riddle, J. Selco, and R. Leifer (2004) Analysis of Aerosols from the World Trade Center Collapse Site, New York, October 2 to October 30, 2001. Aerosol Sci & Technol., 38, 165-183,. Published, 12/2004.
  • Perry, K. D., S. S. Cliff, and M. P. Jimenez-Cruz (2004) Evidence for hygroscopic mineral dust particles from the Intercontinental Transport and Chemical Transformation Experiment, J. Geophys. Res., 109, D23S28, doi:10.1029/2004JD004979. Published, 11/2004.
  • Delle Monache, L., K. D. Perry, R. T. Cederwall, and J. A. Ogren (2004) In situ aerosol profiles over the Southern Great Plains cloud and radiation test bed site: 2. Effects of mixing height on aerosol properties, J. Geophys. Res., 109, D06209, doi:10.1029/2003JD004024. Published, 10/2004.
  • Johnson, K. S., V. A. Elrod, S. E. Fitzwater, J. N. Plant, F. P. Chavez, S. J. Tanner, R. M. Gordon, D. L. Westphal, K. D. Perry, J. Wu, and D. M. Karl (2003) Surface ocean-lower atmosphere interactions in the Northeast Pacific Ocean Gyre: Aerosols, iron, and the ecosystem response, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 17, doi:10.1029/2002GB002004. Published, 08/2003.
  • Reid, E. A., J. S. Reid, M.M. Meier, M. Dunlap, S. S. Cliff, K. D. Perry, and H. Maring (2002) Characterization of African Dust Transported to Puerto Rico by Individual Particle and Size Segregated Bulk Analysis, J. Geophys. Res., 107, doi:10.1029/2002JD002935R. Published, 08/2002.
  • Zeng, L., and K. D. Perry (2002)Managing a Portfolio of Weather Derivatives, Book Chapter In Climate Risk and the Weather Market: Financial Risk Management with Weather Hedges, Robert S. Dischel, Ed., Risk Books, London, ISBN 1899332529, pp 241-262. Published, 05/2002.
  • Bench, G., P. G. Grant, D. Ueda, S. S. Cliff, K. D. Perry, and T. A. Cahill (2002)The use of STIM and PESA to respectively measure profiles of aerosol mass and hydrogen content across Mylar rotating drum impactor samples, Aerosol Sci. & Technol., 36, 642-651. Published, 03/2002.
  • Chung A, Chang D. P., Kleeman M. J., Perry K. D., Cahill T. A., Dutcher D., McDougall E. M. & Stroud K. (2001). Comparison of real-time instruments used to monitor airborne particulate matter. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, Vol. 51, 109-120. Published, 02/2001.
  • Guelle, W., Y. J. Balkanski, M. Schulz, B. Marticorena, G. Bergameti, C. Moulin, R. Arimoto, and K. D. Perry (2000) Modeling the atmospheric distribution of mineral aerosol: Comparison with ground measurements and satellite observations for yearly and synoptic timescales over the North Atlantic, J. Geophys. Res., 105, 1997-2012. Published, 05/2000.
  • Perry, K. D., T. A. Cahill, R. C. Schnell, and J. M. Harris (1999), Long-range transport of anthropogenic aerosols to the NOAA baseline station at Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii, J. Geophys. Res., 104, 18521-18533. Published, 10/1999.
  • Dutcher DD, Perry KD, Cahill TA & Copeland SA (1999). Effects of Indoor Pyrotechnic Displays on the Air Quality in the Houston Astrodome. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association Vol. 49, 156-160. Published, 07/1999.
  • Perry KD (1999). Effects of Outdoor Pyrotechnic Displays on the Regional Air Quality of Western Washington State. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, Vol. 49, 145-155. Published, 07/1999.
  • Anderson, T. L., D. S. Covert, J. D. Wheeler, J. M. Harris, K. D. Perry, B. E. Trost, and D. J. Jaffe (1999) Aerosol backscatter fraction and single scattering albedo: Measured values and uncertainties at a coastal station in the Pacific Northwest, J. Geophys. Res., 104, 26793-26807. Published, 04/1999.
  • Pryor, S. C., R. J. Barthelmie, L. L. S. Geernaert, T. Ellermann, and K. D. Perry, Speciated particle dry deposition to the sea surface: Results from ASEPS '97, Atmos. Environ., 33, 2045-2058. Published, 02/1999.
  • Perry, K. D., T. A. Cahill, R. A. Eldred, D. D Dutcher, and T. E. Gill (1997) Long-range transport of North African dust to the eastern United States, J. Geophys. Res., 102, 11225-11238. Published, 09/1997.
  • Perry, K. D., and P. V. Hobbs (1996) Influences of isolated cumulus clouds on the humidity of their surroundings, J. Atmos. Sci., 53, 159-174. Published, 12/1996.
  • Perry, K. D., and P. V. Hobbs (1994) Further evidence of new particle production adjacent to marine cumulus clouds, J. Geophys. Res, 99, 22803-22818. Published, 12/1994.