- Development and application of wet chemistry methods for the study of atmospheric composition of trace gases and aerosols
- Application of micrometeorology to study surface-atmosphere exchange processes of trace gases and aerosols.
- Development of flux measurement techniques for reactive N compounds including:
- long-term low-cost flux method for reactive N compounds by COndition Time Average Gradient (COTAG)
- tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS)/ Quantum Cascade lasers (QCLs) for the measurement of NH3 fluxes by eddy covariance.
- application of wet chemistry methods for flux measurements by aerodynamic gradient method
- Science communication to the general public, including running events at the Edinburgh Science Festival such as "I’m a nitrogen molecule, get me out of here!” funded by the NitroEurope IP (EU FP6)
Taking forward the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) resolution: Pilot to determine air quality drivers for Sub-Saharan Africa (AQD-Nairobi). Taking forward the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) resolution: Pilot to determine air quality drivers for Sub-Saharan Africa (AQD-Nairobi) (NERC, PI) Project aims to assess the applicability of NERC developed low cost monitoring methods (DELTA and ALPHAs) for air quality integrated with mobile particulate matter (PM) sensors to develop air quality indicators in informal settlements in East Africa.
Newton-Bhabha Virtual Centre on Nitrogen Efficiency of Whole-cropping Systems for improved performance and resilience in agriculture (NEWS India-UK) (BBSRC) -established to promote cooperation between India and the UK to develop innovative ways to improve agricultural nitrogen management, allowing increased and more resilient food production in India while also reducing nitrogen losses to the environment.
Megacity Delhi atmospheric emission quantification, assessment and impacts (DelhiFlux) (NERC/MRC) - project led by Eiko Nemitz. Aims to characterise, quantify and model air pollution emissions for Delhi.
Sources of Nitrous Acid in the Atmospheric Boundary Layer (NERC, Co-I) - project led by Dr Bloss at the University of Birmingham. Aims to quantify the importance of natural ground surface and road traffic exhaust sources of HONO within the boundary layer environment, in order to improve our understanding of atmospheric chemical processing, air pollution and reactive nitrogen cycling. I am specifically involved in the development and measurement of HONO fluxes.
UK Acidifing and Eutrophying Atmospheric Pollutants (UKEAP, Defra). Project led by Dr Christine Braban. Responsible for an instrument called the MARGA which provides real-time measurements of water soluble inorganic aerosols and reactive gases as part of the North UK EMEP supersite. (2012 -2018)
ACTRIS II (EU H2020) - European Research Infrastructure for the observation of Aerosol, Clouds, and Trace gases. Internal project manager at CEH. (2015-2015).
UK-China Virtual Joint Centre for Improved Nitrogen Agronomy (BBSRC Newton fund) - International project between the UK (Rothamsted, CEH, Bangor University) and China (Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China Agricultural University), with the aim of to help China and the UK to adopt sustainable nitrogen management practices (2016-2018).
Ammonia Metrology Project (European Metrology Research Programme). Aims to develop the metrological traceability for the measurement of ammonia in air from the level of primary gas mixtures and instrumental standards to the field level. Involved in the development of a tracable spectroscopic standard for NH3 and the validation of the applicability of NH3 measurement methods. (2014-2017)
ECLAIRE (EU FP7) Part of a team of scientists from CEH, led by Dr Eiko Nemitz. During 2012 we took part in intensive measurements of water soluble aerosols and trace gases in the Po Valley, Italy. In 2014, I was involved in carrying out similar intensive measurements as part of ECLAIRE but this time at the GAW Regional site, Auchencorth Moss, in south east Scotland. (2012 -2015)
Air Pollutant Deposition Processes (Defra) – Funding finished in 2014. With my colleague Daniela Famulari, I was involved in studies of long-term flux measurements of trace gas species at a remote field site in Scotland.
CLEARFLO (NERC) I was part of a team of scientists, led by Dr Eiko Nemitz at CEH, that made atmospheric measurements as part of a NERC-funded intensive campaign in London during 2012. I worked with the GRAEGOR instrument, which provides real-time measurements of water-soluble aerosols and their gas precursors, which was deployed at a site in north Kensington during the intensive periods.
PEGASOS (EU FP7) – During 2012 I was involved in the operation of the MARGA instrument at San Petro Capiofume site, near Bologna, Italy and carried out the associated data analysis.
2012–present: Atmospheric Chemist in Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions Science Area at CEH Edinburgh
2007–2012: Research Associate, University of Edinburgh (Visiting Scientist at CEH)
2006–2007: Research scientist at CEH Edinburgh
2002–2006: PhD University of Ulster / CEH Edinburgh: Application of Tunable Diode Laser (TDL) Absorption Spectroscopy for the Investigation of Surface/Atmosphere Exchange of Ammonia
2001–2002: Final year project at the Fisheries Research Services, Aberdeen: Environmental analysis of sediment collected between South East Fair Isle to the Inner Moray Firth.
1998–2002: 1st Class Hons Environmental Science, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.
2006 PhD, University of Ulster, Coleraine, UK.
2002 Bsc (Hons) 1st Class Environmental Science, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK
European Geophysical Union