Kristin A. Lewis

Teaching Associate Professor


Professional Experience

  • 2015-Present: Assistant Professor, Physics Department, University of Nevada Reno
  • 2012–2015: Atmospheric Science/Physics Instructor, LOA, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 2004-2007: Research Assistant, Desert Research Institute, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 2003-2004: GK-12 Teaching Fellow, University of Oregon, Eugene
  • 2003: Research Assistant, University of Oregon, Eugene


  • Ph.D. Atmospheric Science, 2007 University of Nevada, Reno
  • M.S. Physics, 2004 University of Oregon, 2004
  • B.S. Physics, 2002 summa cum laude, Saint Mary’s College of California


  • Lewis, K.A., W.P. Arnott, H. Moosmüller, R.K. Chakrabarty, C.M. Carrico, S.M. Kreidenweis, D.E. Day, W.C. Malm, A. Laskin, J.L. Jimenez, I.M. Ulbrich, J.A. Huffman, T.B. Onasch, A. Trimborn, L. Liu, and M. I. Mishchenko: Reduction in biomass burning aerosol light absorption upon humidification: Roles of inorganically-induced hygroscopicity, particle collapse, and photoacoustic heat and mass transfer. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9 , 8949-8966, doi:10.5194/acp-9-8949-2009.
  • Lewis, K., Arnott, W. P., Moosmüller, H., and Wold, C.: Strong spectral variation of biomass smoke light absorption and single scattering albedo observed with a novel dual wave-length photoaco ustic instrument, J. Geophys. Res., 113,D16203,doi:10.1029/2007JD009699, 2008.
  • Gyawali, M; Arnott, W. P; Lewis, K; Moosmüller, H.: In situ aerosol optics in Reno, NV, USA during and after the summer 2008 California wildfires and the influence of absorbing and non-absorbing organic coatings on spectral light absorption, Atmos. Chem. Phys., , 9, 8007-8015, doi:10.5194/acp-9-8007-2009, 2009.
  • Hopkins R.J., K.M. Lewis, Y. Dessiaterik, Z. Wang, A.V. Tivanski, W.P. Arnott, A. Laskin, and M.K. Gilles, Correlations Between Optical, Chemical and Physical Properties of Biomass Burn Aerosols, Geophys. Res. Letters 34, Art. No. L18806. doi:10.1029/2007GL030502, 2007