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Thomas E. Pierce

My career over the past four decades has focused on the improvement of air quality simulation models. Beginning with the development of dispersion models (like PTPLU and SCREEN), I then began work on regional chemical transport models (like the CMAQ modeling system). Models such as these are key tools used by decision makers to protect humans and the environment from exposure to harmful levels of air pollution. More recently, my research included the development of algorithms like the Biogenic Emissions Inventory System (BEIS) to characterize emissions influenced by meteorological processes -- such as VOCs and NOx from soils and vegetation, NO from lightning, and PM2.5 emissions from wildland fires and fugitive dust. Now as Deputy Director, I am striving to provide scientific and administrative leadership to the hard-working scientists and technical support staff within EPA’s Atmospheric Modeling and Analysis Division.

Tom Pierce

Biographical Information

Name: Thomas E. Pierce
Title: Deputy Director

Contact Info:

Atmospheric Modeling and Analysis Division
National Exposure Research Laboratory
Environmental Protection Agency
109 TW Alexander Drive
Rsearch Triangle Park, NC 27711

Phone: 919-541-1375
email: pierce.tom@epa.gov

B.S. Meteorology, North Carolina State University, 1979
M.S. Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University, 1984
Graduate level courses at NCSU and UNC, 1985-2011
Federal Executive Institute (Class 361), 2010

Professional Experience
Deputy Director, Atmospheric Modeling and Analysis Division, NERL/EPA, RTP, NC, 2011 - Present
Chief, Emissions and Model Evaluation Branch, AMAD/NERL/EPA, RTP, NC, 2008 - 2011
Acting Director, Ecosystems Research Division, NERL/EPA, Athens, GA, 2007
Chief, Air-Surface Processes Modeling Branch, ASMD/ARL/NOAA, RTP, NC, 2003 - 2008
Chief, Modeling Systems Analysis Branch, ASMD/ARL/NOAA, RTP, NC, 2001 - 2003
Research Meteorologist, Atmospheric Sciences Modeling Division, ARL/NOAA, RTP, NC, 1985 - 2001
Air Quality Meteorologist, Martin Marietta, Columbia, MD, 1984 - 1985
Environmental Meteorologist, NUS Corporation, Gaithersburg, MD, 1982 - 1984
Meteorology Intern, Meteorology Laboratory, ARL/NOAA, RTP, NC, 1978 – 1982

Professional Societies and Affiliations
American Meteorological Society (Former Chairman, Central North Carolina Chapter)
American Geophysical Union
Air and Waste Management Association

Selected Awards and Honors
EPA Award for Exceptional/Outstanding ORD Technical Assistance for “innovative and outstanding technical support addressing the wintertime problem with fine particle concentrations in Fairbanks, Alaska”, 2010.

EPA Gold Medal for “scientific leadership in the successful transition of air quality modeling research to operations, to produce reliable air quality forecasts over the Continental United States”, 2009.

EPA Award for Exceptional/Outstanding ORD Technical Assistance “for improving the National Emission Inventory by developing and delivering a  more accurate and cost-efficient method for estimating emissions of biomass burning”, 2008.

NOAA Administrator’s Award “for visionary leadership in the development of cross-agency partnerships to apply a ‘one-atmosphere’ air quality model which promotes meaningful and cost-effective national policies to protect human health and the environment”, 2007.

EPA Bronze Medal Awards in 1984, 1998, 1999, 2001, and 2005.


Publications and Presentations (1999 - Present)


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