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Dr. James Ayers

Distinguished Visiting Professor

Department of Chemistry

Dr. Ayers
Contact Information

(719) 333-4831



Dr. Ayers is a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Chemistry Department at USAFA.  He is on leave from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO where he is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and former Department Head of the Physical and Environmental Sciences Department.  Dr. Ayers’ training is in experimental physical chemistry, and he uses these skills to study problems of atmospheric interest.  He has taught courses in general chemistry, physical chemistry, environmental chemistry, and atmospheric science.

When not working hard collecting and analyzing data or helping students master chemistry, he enjoys being outside.  You may find him on a hiking or cross-country ski trail enjoying our beautiful surroundings or out working in the garden.


B. S., Physics, University of Texas at Austin (1998)

Ph. D., Chemistry, Stanford University (2003)

Professional Experience

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Chemistry, U. S. Air Force Academy (2023-2024)

Associate Professor, Chemistry, Colorado Mesa University (2010-present)

Department Head, Physical and Environmental Sciences, Colorado Mesa University (2019-2023)

Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Colorado Mesa University (2007-2010)

Assistant Professor, Chemistry, State University of New York at Cortland (2005-2007)

Postdoctoral Researcher, Chemistry and Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks (2003-2005)

Research and Scholarly Interests

Atmospheric Sensors