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Dr Michelle Cain

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I am a research associate in Professor John Pyle's group in the Centre for Atmospheric Science, and co-ordinator for the Cambridge Centre for Climate Science (CCfCS). For 18 months until November 2013 I was also a NERC policy placement fellow, advising Defra on air quality modelling

I use computer models (pTOMCAT, a global 3D chemical transport model; NAME, a Lagrangian particle dispersion model; and CiTTyCAT, a Lagrangian photochemical model) combined with field observations to study atmospheric composition, processing and transport.

Research Interests

  • The quantification of different processes acting on the composition of an air mass during its transport
  • Using measurements in combination with models to improve our understanding of atmospheric composition 
  • How to represent small-scale processes (e.g. chemistry) in a global model
  • How to represent mixing in a Lagrangian model
  • The quantification of the magnitude and variability of methane emissions in the Arctic
  • The role of nighttime chemistry in relation to daytime chemistry, and the roles of gas-phase and heterogeneous chemistry at night.

Projects I work on/have worked on:

  • MAMM: Methane and other greenhouse gases in the Arctic – Measurements, process studies and Modelling.
  • RONOCO: the Role Of Nighttime chemistry in controlling the Oxidising Capacity of the atmOsphere
  • AMMA: African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses
  • ITCT-2k4: Intercontinental Transport and Chemical Transformation 2004.

I am also interested in science communication and am the knowledge exchange representative for the MAMM project. Follow our activities on the MAMM project blog: http://arcticmethane.wordpress.com. 

I enjoy getting involed in all kinds of science communication activities, from open days with hands on activities to shcools lectures to writing articles and blogs for a more general audience. Here is a selection of some of the activities I've worked on:

Arctic methane: What’s the story? (13 August 2013)

My flight logs: 1, 2, 3.

Tag – you’re it! Chasing atmospheric tracers (22 March 2013)

Stock market crash hits EGU General Assembly shocker! (2 May 2012)

Megacities at EGU2012 (26 April 2012)

  • Featured on the Kung Fu Science web site, including videos discussing and demonstrating the physics behind breaking boards. Also featured in a 4 minute piece with BBC 1 for The One Show, which was broadcast on 18 February 2009.  
  • Given schools lectures on air quality and climate change, and the physics of kung fu.

Find me on twitter @civiltalker, and sporadically on my personal blog and my Experiments of a culinary chemist blog.

CV

2012-2013: NERC policy placement fellow at Defra. 

2009-present: PDRA at University of Cambridge.

2005-2009: University of Reading, PhD in Meteorology. Supervised by Dr John Methven and Dr Eleanor Highwood.

2002-2005: Communications officer at the Institute of Physics. 

1998-2002: University College London, MSci in Astrophysics, first class honours

 

Publications

Measurement of the 13 C isotopic signature of methane emissions from Northern European wetlands
RE Fisher, JL France, D Lowry, M Lanoisellé, R Brownlow, JA Pyle, M Cain, N Warwick, UM Skiba, J Drewer, KJ Dinsmore, SR Leeson, SJ-B Bauguitte, A Wellpott, SJ O'Shea, G Allen, MW Gallagher, J Pitt, CJ Percival, K Bower, C George, GD Hayman, T Aalto, A Lohila, M Aurela, T Laurila, PM Crill, CK McCalley, EG Nisbet
– Global Biogeochemical Cycles
(2017)
Measurements of delta C-13 in CH4 and using particle dispersion modeling to characterize sources of Arctic methane within an air mass
JL France, M Cain, RE Fisher, D Lowry, G Allen, SJ O'Shea, S Illingworth, J Pyle, N Warwick, BT Jones, MW Gallagher, K Bower, M Le Breton, C Percival, J Muller, A Welpott, S Bauguitte, C George, GD Hayman, AJ Manning, CL Myhre, M Lanoiselle, EG Nisbet
– JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-ATMOSPHERES
(2016)
121,
14257
Measurements of δ<sup>13</sup>C in CH<inf>4</inf> and using particle dispersion modeling to characterize sources of Arctic methane within an air mass
JL France, M Cain, RE Fisher, D Lowry, G Allen, SJ O'Shea, S Illingworth, J Pyle, N Warwick, BT Jones, MW Gallagher, K Bower, M Le Breton, C Percival, J Muller, A Welpott, S Bauguitte, C George, GD Hayman, AJ Manning, CL Myhre, M Lanoisellé, EG Nisbet
– Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres
(2016)
121,
14257
Constraints on oceanic methane emissions west of Svalbard from atmospheric in situ measurements and Lagrangian transport modeling
I Pisso, CL Myhre, SM Platt, S Eckhardt, O Hermansen, N Schmidbauer, J Mienert, S Vadakkepuliyambatta, S Bauguitte, J Pitt, G Allen, KN Bower, S O'Shea, MW Gallagher, CJ Percival, J Pyle, M Cain, A Stohl
– Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres
(2016)
121,
14188
Constraints on oceanic methane emissions west of Svalbard from atmospheric in situ measurements and Lagrangian transport modeling.
I Pisso, CL Myhre, SM Platt, S Eckhardt, O Hermansen, N Schmidbauer, J Mienert, S Vadakkepuliyambatta, S Bauguitte, J Pitt, G Allen, KN Bower, S O'Shea, MW Gallagher, CJ Percival, J Pyle, M Cain, A Stohl
– J Geophys Res Atmos
(2016)
121,
14188
Using δ<sup>13</sup>C-CH<inf>4</inf> and δD-CH<inf>4</inf> to constrain Arctic methane emissions
NJ Warwick, ML Cain, R Fisher, JL France, D Lowry, SE Michel, EG Nisbet, BH Vaughn, JWC White, JA Pyle
– Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
(2016)
16,
14891
Methane mole fraction and delta C-13 above and below the trade wind inversion at Ascension Island in air sampled by aerial robotics
R Brownlow, D Lowry, RM Thomas, RE Fisher, JL France, M Cain, TS Richardson, C Greatwood, J Freer, JA Pyle, AR MacKenzie, EG Nisbet
– GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS
(2016)
43,
11893
Methane mole fraction and δ<sup>13</sup>C above and below the trade wind inversion at Ascension Island in air sampled by aerial robotics
R Brownlow, D Lowry, RM Thomas, RE Fisher, JL France, M Cain, TS Richardson, C Greatwood, J Freer, JA Pyle, AR MacKenzie, EG Nisbet
– Geophysical Research Letters
(2016)
43,
11,893
Rising atmospheric methane: 2007–2014 growth and isotopic shift
EG Nisbet, EJ Dlugokencky, MR Manning, D Lowry, RE Fisher, JL France, SE Michel, JB Miller, JWC White, B Vaughn, P Bousquet, JA Pyle, NJ Warwick, M Cain, R Brownlow, G Zazzeri, M Lanoisellé, AC Manning, E Gloor, DEJ Worthy, EG Brunke, C Labuschagne, EW Wolff, AL Ganesan
– Global Biogeochemical Cycles
(2016)
30,
1356
Extensive release of methane from Arctic seabed west of Svalbard during summer 2014 does not influence the atmosphere
CL Myhre, B Ferré, SM Platt, A Silyakova, O Hermansen, G Allen, I Pisso, N Schmidbauer, A Stohl, J Pitt, P Jansson, J Greinert, C Percival, AM Fjaeraa, SJ O'Shea, M Gallagher, M Le Breton, KN Bower, SJB Bauguitte, S Dalsøren, S Vadakkepuliyambatta, RE Fisher, EG Nisbet, D Lowry, G Myhre, JA Pyle, M Cain, J Mienert
– Geophysical Research Letters
(2016)
43,
4624
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Research Group

Telephone number

01223 748895

Email address

mc692@cam.ac.uk