Dr. Aquila has been a research scientist at Johns Hopkins University since February 2013. From 2010 to 2013 she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in the Laboratory for Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics (Code 614) of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. D. Aquila holds a PhD in meteorology from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, and an MS in physics from the University of Genoa, Italy.
Dr. Aquila's principal research interest is understanding the climate effect of atmospheric aerosol. Using the NASA GEOS-5 Chemistry Climate Model and measurements from several satellites, Dr. Aquila is investigating the sources of the stratospheric aerosol, and its effects of stratospheric aerosol from volcanic eruptions and geoengineering on the stratospheric chemistry and dynamics.