Lucy Carpenter studies the complex interaction between the oceans and the atmosphere, in particular the chemistry of reactive halogens, reactive nitrogen and organic carbon. She has demonstrated critical links between ocean processes and atmospheric chemistry, and established that reactive halogens play an important and pervasive role in the chemistry of the atmosphere. Her research has been recognised by the award of a Philip Leverhulme Prize in ‘Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences’ in 2006, the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award in 2015, a Royal Society of Chemistry Tilden Prize in 2017 and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in 2018.
Lucy was a Lead Chapter Author of the 2014 and 2018 WMO/UNEP Scientific Assessments of Ozone Depletion and is Chair of the WMO Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) Scientific Advisory Group on Reactive Gases. She is co-founder of a major atmospheric observatory on the Cape Verde islands in the tropical Atlantic where she leads a long-term atmospheric monitoring programme. She is currently Deputy Head of the Chemistry Department (Research) at the University of York.