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2023      Honorary Professorial Fellow in Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Edinburgh

2018      Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Edinburgh

2013      Reader in Environmental Chemistry, University of Edinburgh

2002      Senior Lecturer in Environmental Chemistry, University of Edinburgh

1994      Lecturer in Environmental Chemistry, University of Edinburgh

1993–4  Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Gas-liquid interactions in the atmosphere), School of Chemistry, University of Leeds

1992      DPhil, University of Oxford, Department of Physical Chemistry

1988      BA (MA 1992), University of Cambridge, Natural Sciences (First Class)


Professional memberships:

UK government Air Quality Expert Group

UK government Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants

NERC Peer Review College


My research in a nutshell

The causes and mitigation of air pollution and its impacts on human health and ecoystems.


Current Research Interests

My research interests are in the measurement and modelling of atmospheric composition, terrestrial surface-atmosphere fluxes and air pollution. Specific areas of interest include:

  • High-resolution modelling of atmospheric chemistry, with particular focus on ozone, particulate matter and reactive-N, to understand current and potential future impacts on atmospheric composition and on human health burdens;
  • Characterization of airborne PM to determine its sources and atmospheric chemical evolution;
  • Fluxes of trace gases from terrestrial systems such as forests and bioenergy crops.



Previously, lectures & tutorials in environmental and atmospheric chemistry, statistics and sampling for analytical chemistry, and general physical chemistry.


Administrative Roles

Previously, Chair of School of Chemistry Board of Examiners, Course and Degree Programme Organiser, Postgraduate Advisor.


  • QD Chemistry
  • Atmospheric chemistry
  • Air pollution & health
  • Environmental chemistry


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