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Douglas Hamilton

Asst Professor


Jordan Hall 4152


How is human activity perturbing the Earth system and what are the impacts of these changes for climate, biogeochemical cycles, and society?

Answering this question requires taking a holistic view of how wildfires and other natural aerosol are a fundamental component of the climate system and biogeochemical cycles. Diverse observations and Earth system models can be used to quantify the integrated impact of human activity on Earth system natural processes and evaluate the feedbacks to which society is most sensitive. As an Earth system scientist, my research interests are inherently interdisciplinary and interface across a blend of climate science, atmospheric science, biogeochemistry, health impact science, and analytical chemistry.



PhD University of Leeds, UK 2016

Masters University of East Anglia, UK 2012

Area(s) of Expertise

1) Investigating how aerosols couple Earth system processes from the local to global scale among the solid surface, oceans, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and cryosphere within the Anthropocene.

2) Evaluation of how fire regimes are modified both by climate change and shifts in human land use management practices. Related science questions advance understanding of how changes in fires then alter the energy balance of the atmosphere, clouds, regional weather, biogeochemical cycles, and air quality.

3) Determining the impact that changes in aerosol nutrient supply to marine regions has on phytoplankton productivity, carbon dioxide sequestration, and the overall health of our oceans.


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