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Professor Lucy Carpenter

Professor Lucy Carpenter


Lucy Jane Carpenter is a Professor and Head of Physical and Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of York.  

Lucy studied Chemistry at the University of Bristol and then carried out her PhD in experimental atmospheric oxidation chemistry at UEA (1992-1996) with Professor Stuart Penkett. She has worked part-time since having her first child in 2003.   

Her group studies the complex interaction between the oceans and the atmosphere, in particular the chemistry of reactive halogens, organic carbon, and reactive nitrogen.  Her work on oceanic and atmospheric halogens has established this chemistry as an important component of tropospheric ozone cycling. 

She helped establish and is Director of the Cape Verde Atmospheric Observatory, one of a few dozen WMO “Global Atmospheric Watch” stations worldwide which monitor climate and air quality gases over long time scales, and was a lead chapter author of the WMO/UNEP 2014 Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion.

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