University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado/USA
Doctor of Philosophy – Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
- Dissertation: Landscape structure and plant age effects on terpenoid emissions from Pinus ponderosa and Pteridium aquilinum.
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad de Mexico, Distrito Federal /Mexico
Master of Science – Environmental Chemistry
- Thesis: Chemical characterization of fine particles from the Southeast zone of Mexicocity
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad de Mexico, Distrito Federal/Mexico
Bachelor of Science – Biochemistry/Pharmacy
Monica Madronich considers herself a scientific hybrid. She majored in biochemistry and a master’s degree from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM). Her master’s degree project studied the composition of atmospheric aerosols in Mexico City using an infrared gas analyzer (IRGA). While finishing her Master’s Degree she moved to Boulder, where she was invited to collaborate with the Biosphere Atmosphere Interactions group at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. It was then when she found the topic that would drive her PhD studies at the University of Colorado: the interactions between the atmosphere and the biosphere, specifically the study of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOC).
Her doctoral studies focused on the influence of landscape structure, landscape configuration, and plant developmental stage on biogenic emissions. Results of her doctoral research suggested that it is necessary to have a better understanding of the patterns of solar radiation across the forest in order to have more accurate models. This study was a first step towards understanding the implications of landscape structure and configuration on atmospheric chemistry.