Prof. Shearer was born in Maryland and attended the University of Maryland, College Park where he obtained a B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell and Molecular Biology. It was during this time that he developed an interest in chemistry while performing research in the laboratory of Prof. Steven Rokita. Following studies at the University of Maryland, Prof. Shearer pursued graduate work at the University of Washington in Seattle under Prof. Julie Kovacs as an EPA predoctoral fellow.
Prof. Davis grew up in New Mexico, where the abundant sunshine perhaps fueled his interest in how light interacts with matter. He pursued undergraduate studies at Colorado State, where he became fascinated with spectroscopy working with Prof. Nancy Levinger. He received his PhD from the University of Colorado working with Prof. Margaret Tolbert studying aerosol phase transformations. As postdoctoral fellow, he studied accelerated chemical reactivity in microdroplets at Berkeley Labs with Dr. Kevin Wilson.