Curriculum Vitae


  • B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences, School of Physics, Peking University, 2013
    • Advisor: Dr. Jintai Lin
  • Ph.D., School of Earth and Atmopheric Sciences, Georgia Institude of Technology, 2017
    • Advisor: Dr. Yuhang Wang

Work experience

  • 2021 - Present: Senior Data and Applied Scientist
    • Microsoft
  • 2018 - 2020: Senior Atmospheric Data Scientist
    • ClimaCell, Boston
    • Duties included: Lead scientist in research, development of environmental products (including air quality) with international multi-timezone collaboration; Mentoring internship and junior scientists;
  • 2018: Research Scientist I
    • Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Supervisor: Dr. Yuhang Wang
    • Duties included: Inverse modelling of air pollutant emissions using Bayesian inferences; Co-led a multi-institute field campaign in East China;


  • Reviewer board of ‘Symmetry’, ‘Atmosphere’
  • Reviewing for Science Bulletin, Environment International, Environmental Pollution, Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, PLOS ONE, Atmosphere, Atmósfera, Frontiers In Forests And Global Change, Environmental Research Communications, Remote Sensing, Scientific Reports, Chemosensors


  • Qu, H.; Wang, Y.; Zhang, R.; Li, J. Extending Ozone‐Precursor Relationships in China From Peak Concentration to Peak Time. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 10.1029/2020JD033670, 2020. [Learn More]

  • Xu, J.; Ge, X.; Zhang, X.; Zhao, W.; Zhang, R.; Zhang, Y. COVID‐19 impact on the concentration and composition of submicron particulate matter in a typical city of Northwest China. Geophysical Research Letters, 10.1029/2020GL089035, 2020. [Learn More]

  • Bao, X.; Qu, H.; Zhang, R.; Hogan, T.P. Modeling Reading Ability Gain in Kindergarten Children during COVID-19 School Closures. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, 6371, 10.3390/ijerph17176371, 2020. [Learn More]

  • Zhang, R.; Zhang, Y.; Lin, H.; Feng, X.; Fu, T.-M.; Wang, Y. NOx Emission Reduction and Recovery during COVID-19 in East China. Atmosphere, 11, 433, 10.3390/atmos11040433, 2020. [Learn More]

  • Zhang, Y., Gautam, R., Pandey, S., Omara, M., Maasakkers, J. D., Sadavarte, P., Lyon, D., Nesser, H., Sulprizio, M. P., Varon, D. J., Zhang, R., Houweling, S., Zavala-Araiza, D., Alvarez, R. A., Lorente, A., Hamburg, S. P., Aben, I., and Jacob, D. J.: Quantifying methane emissions from the largest oil-producing basin in the United States from space, Science Advances, 6, eaaz5120, 10.1126/sciadv.aaz5120, 2020. [Learn More]

  • Kong, H., Lin, J., Zhang, R., Liu, M., Weng, H., Ni, R., Chen, L., Wang, J., and Zhang, Q.: High-resolution (0.05° × 0.05°) NOx emissions in the Yangtze River Delta inferred from OMI, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 2019, 19, 12835--12856, 10.5194/acp-19-12835-2019, 2019. [Learn More]

  • Zhang, Y., Gautam, R., Zavala-Araiza, D., Jacob, D. J., Zhang, R., Zhu, L., Sheng, J.-X., and Scarpelli, T.: Satellite-Observed Changes in Mexico's Offshore Gas Flaring Activity Linked to Oil/Gas Regulations, Geophysical Research Letters, 46, 1879-1888, 10.1029/2018gl081145, 2019. [Learn More]

  • Zhang, R., Wang, Y., Smeltzer, C., Qu, H., Koshak, W., and Boersma, K. F.: Comparing OMI-based and EPA AQS in situ NO2 trends: towards understanding surface NOx emission changes, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 11, 3955-3967, 10.5194/amt-11-3955-2018, 2018. [Learn More]

  • Xu, J., Zhang, Q., Shi, J., Ge, X., Xie, C., Wang, J., Kang, S., Zhang, R., and Wang, Y.: Chemical characteristics of submicron particles at the central Tibet Plateau: influence of long-range transport, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18, 427-443, 10.5194/acp-18-427-2018, 2018. [Learn More]

  • Zhang, R., Wang, Y., He, Q., Chen, L., Zhang, Y., Qu, H., Smeltzer, C., Li, J., Alvarado, L. M. A., Vrekoussis, M., Richter, A., Wittrock, F., and Burrows, J. P.: Enhanced trans-Himalaya pollution transport to the Tibetan Plateau by cut-off low systems, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 17, 3083-3095, 10.5194/acp-17-3083-2017, 2017. [Learn More]

  • Lin, J., Pan, D., Zhang, R.: Trend and Interannual Variability of Chinese Air Pollution since 2000 in Association with Socioeconomic Development: A Brief Overview, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Letters, 6, 84-89, 10.1080/16742834.2013.11447061, 2013. [Learn More]




  • Programming languages
    • Python (Pandas, Numba, Xarray, Numpy, matplotlib, cartopy…), Matlab, IDL
    • Java, C++, Javascript (Node.js)
  • Databases: MongoDB, Redis, MySQL, Google BigQuery
  • Cloud Platforms: Google Cloud Platform, AWS, Aliyun, Tencent cloud
  • Other:
    • GIS (QGIS)
    • CFA level 1 passed
    • Languages: English (fluent), Chinese (native)