The aim of my research is to better understand how particles in the atmosphere form and go on to affect air quality and the climate. I’m particularly interested in the role of trees and forests in altering atmospheric composition.
Currently I’m working on the EU Horizon 2020 CRESCENDO project which aims to improve and evaluate the latest generation of climate models. My role in the project is to explore the way these models represent natural particles, and their interaction with human-made pollution.
Working with colleagues from across the University of Leeds and the United Bank of Carbon, I established the Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere and Forest (LEAF) centre. LEAF aims to bring together staff and students with an interest in forest related research from different faculties across the University. LEAF also works with a number of external partners on collaborative projects such as BBC Terrific Scientific and i-Tree Leeds.