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Philip J Silva (Phil)

Research Physical Scientist


Contact Information

Phone:  +1 270-781-2260 ext. 246



Areas of Expertise

Analytical and atmospheric chemistry

Aerosol science and particulate matter

Air quality measurements

Livestock emissions


BS: Chemistry, 1995, Loyola Marymount University 

MS: Analytical Chemistry, 1996, University of California, Riverside 

PhD: Chemistry, 2000, University of California, Riverside

Postdoc: Environmental Chemistry, 2000-2002, Boston College and Aerodyne Research, Inc.

Dr. Phil Silva is a Research Physical Scientist of the USDA-ARS Food Animal Environmental Systems Research Unit (FAESRU) in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA. Dr. Silva specializes in agricultural air emissions and fate. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University and Master’s and PhD degrees from the University of California Riverside. He completed postdoctoral training under a joint Dreyfus fellowship program at Boston College and Aerodyne Research, Inc. The overall goal of Dr. Silva’s research program is studying the air emissions and fate from livestock including mitigation strategy impacts on emissions. There is a focus on direct air emissions but also on secondary impacts in air due to atmospheric reactions converting the initial emissions into other gases and/or particulate matter. This area of research encompasses several research directions. Specific areas of research include: 1) development and modification of analytical methods to measure emissions of interest, 2) air emission studies from livestock operations, 3) ambient air quality measurements in airsheds impacted by agricultural emissions, 4) fundamental laboratory studies of atmospheric chemistry of agricultural emissions in environmental chamber experiments, and 5) studies of mitigation strategies and their impacts on emissions.


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