Field work experience

I have been doing environmental science field work since the late 1990s such as looking at the effect of Trichloroacetic Acid on spruce trees and seedling in Peebles, Scotland and working as a laboratory technician at the Leibnitz Institute for Baltic Research including cruises and as a  field assistant on the Arctic Ocean 2001 Oden expedition with the Swedish Polar secretariat and later as an atmospheric chemist at Leicester University and Imperial College London. 

Publications involving peroxy radical measurement with the PERCA technique

Peroxy radical measurements help us to understand the effect of sunlight, NO2 and Volatile Organic Pollutants (VOCs) on ozone formation. They last a few seconds so measuring them involves creating a chain reaction cycle of the radicals with known amounts of CO and NO gases in a reaction chamber. NO2 is measured using chemiluminescence. Here is a short summary of peroxy and hydroxyl radicals in the atmosphere.

Fleming, Z.L., Monks, P.S.,  Rickard, A.R., Heard, D.E., Still, T., Sommariva, R., Pilling, M.J., Morgan, R., Green, T.J., Brough, N., Penkett, S.A., Lewis, A.C., Lee, J.D., Saiz-Lopez, A., Plane, J.M.C.: Peroxy radical chemistry and the control of ozone photochemistry at Mace Head, Ireland during the summer of 2002, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 6, 2193-2214, 2006

Lee, J. D.,  Lewis, A.C., Monks, P.S., Jacob, M., Fleming, Z.L., Hamilton, J., Hopkins, J.R., Watson, N., Saxton, J.E., Ennis, C., Carpenter, L.J., Carslaw, N., Bandy, B., Oram, D.E., Penkett, S.A., Slemr, J., Norton, E., Rickard, A.R., Whalley, L.K., Heard, D.E., Bloss, W.J., Gravestock, T., Smith, S.C., Stanton, J., Pilling, M.J., Jenkin, M.E.: Ozone photochemistry and elevated isoprene during the UK heatwave of august 2003, Atmospheric Environment, 40, 7598-7613, 2006

My PhD thesis. The measurement of peroxy radicals in the marine boundary layer using the perca technique, University of Leicester, 2005.

             Arctic field work (marine chemistry) (2001)

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Arctic Ocean expedition on Oden in 2001

Ice breaker Oden at the North pole

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Kiel Insitu Pumps (KISP) to filter the sea water for POP testing

The Persistent Organic Pollutant team

Ice bugs team taking ice cores and sampling brine for micro-orgasms

Ice melter to be filled to melt ice for POP analysis

Ice bugs team sorting the cores

Antarctic field work (atmospheric chemistry) (2004/2005)


I was a PhD student on the measurement of peroxy radicals in remote environments (Ireland and UK)

Then used the same technique as a Post doctoral researcher researching the effect of sunlight on the absorption and retention of nitrogen gases in the snowpack at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS)'s Halley research station. I was at the old Halley station whose details you can see here.


Halley research station on the Brunt ice shelf

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The CHABLIS field team (from BAS, Leeds University, the University of East Anglia and Imperial College London)

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Snow pit digging

The PERCA instruments to measure peroxy radicals

Snow blowing experiments

The Earnest Shakleton, our transport to and from the continent

Snow bloack experiments

The Happy sledge - bulk travel

Emperor penguin colony

Supplying the laboratories with compressed gases

The more sustainable way to travel to work

Alternative accomodation