I am a PhD candidate working with Dr. Noelle Selin in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science at MIT. My research focuses on using the chemical transport model GEOS-Chem to simulate the global atmospheric transport of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), namely polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS). POPs are chemicals that persist for long periods in the environment, travel long distances, are toxic, and bioaccumulate. The goal of this research is to better inform policy-makers of strategies to reduce long-range transport of and human/ecosystem exposure to POPs. More about POPs can be found on the United Nations Environment Programme web site and on the Stockholm Convention's web site.

My previous studies include a Master's Degree in Physics and Atmospheric Science from Dalhousie University, and a B.Sc. (Hons) in Physics from the Memorial University of Newfoundland. My previous research ranges from work with a model of the North Atlantic Ocean to work on a lidar in the High Arctic.



Thackray, CP; Friedman, CL; Zhang, Y; Selin, NE; 2015. Quantitative Assessment of Parametric Uncertainty in Northern Hemisphere PAH Concentrations Environ. Sci. Technol., 49 : 9185-9193

Doyle, JG; Lesins, G; Thackray, CP; Perro, C; Nott, GJ; Duck, TJ; Damoah, R; Drummond, JR. 2011. Water vapor intrusions into the High Arctic during winter, Geosphys. Res. Lett.. 38 : L12806

Nott, GJ; Duck, TJ; Doyle, JG; Coffin, MEW; Perro, C; Thackray, CP; Drummond, JR; Fogal, PF; McCullough, E; Sica, RJ. 2011. A remotely operated lidar for aerosol, temperature, and water vapor profiling in the High Arctic, Journal of Atmospheric and Ocean Technology, 29 : 221-234