Peter Zoogman, Ph.D.


College of Natural Sciences
Graduate Program Faculty


  • Member of the science team for several current and future Earth-observing satellites
  • Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Recipient of the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship
  • Author of several scientific articles on modeling and observing the Earth’s atmosphere, including as the lead author of the mission paper for a future NASA mission (TEMPO)
  • Invited presenter at numerous conferences, government labs, and academic institutions

Peter Zoogman is an atmospheric scientist with research interests in air pollution and climate change. Zoogman has been deeply involved in the design and development of an upcoming NASA satellite mission and his research both guides and is guided by environmental policy and planning worldwide. He received his Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences, an M.A. in Physics, and a B.A. in Chemistry and Physics, all from Harvard University.

He aims to foster a class environment where students are continuously challenging themselves and each other (and him!) to figure out how to apply scientific concepts, data, and models to real-world challenges. He always looks forward to engaging with students at Minerva that are committed to being active members of the global community.

Zoogman teaches the first-year Empirical Analysis Cornerstone, two science concentration courses (Monitoring and Modeling Earth Systems; Analyzing Matter and Molecules) and Research Methods. He also teaches Research Methods as part of the Masters in Decision Analysis Program at Minerva. He formally taught in Environmental Sciences and Engineering at Harvard University and is engaged in ongoing research in collaboration with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.