Graham Sustainability Institute

Allison Steiner

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Associate Professor
  • Engineering
    • Climate & Space Sciences
  • Literature, Science, & Arts
    • Earth and Environmental Sciences


Allison Steiner is an associate professor of atmospheric sciences in the Department of Atmospheric Oceanic and Space Sciences and the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan.  She creates state-of-the-art models to explore the complex interactions of the biosphere and atmosphere with the goal of understanding the natural versus human influence on climate and atmospheric chemistry.   Professor Steiner’s research has demonstrated that physical and biochemical processes in terrestrial vegetation play an important role in understanding climate and air quality.  Her work has demonstrated that change in soil texture and water content affect the Earth’s atmospheric state and flow, and that natural emissions from vegetation play an important  the formation of ground-level ozone under warmer climates. 
After earning a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and Ph.D. in atmospheric science from Georgia Institute of Technology, Professor Steiner worked as a research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, prior to joining U-M in 2006.
Allison is the recipient of an NSF CAREER grant award (2010-2015) and the UM Henry Russel Award in 2013.  Other professional activities include chairing the 2014 Gordon Conference on Biogenic Hydrocarbons in the Atmosphere, serving as a board member on the Earth Science Women's Network, and an editor for the Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres.

Keywords: Regional climate modeling, Atmospheric chemistry, Biogenic trace gas emissions, Atmospheric aerosols, Chemistry-climate interactions, Climate change, Atmospheric science, Boundary layer meteorology

Current sustainability courses taught


The affiliations listed below show engagement with the Graham Sustainability Institute.

  • Emerging Opportunities
    • Catalyst Grants
      • Team Member
    • ESMRT
      • Team Member
    • Brazil
      • Team Member
  • Planet Blue
    • Michigan Journal of Sustainability
      • MJS Contributor
  • Water Center
    • Event Participant
      • A2 Area Modeling
      • WC Lunches