MIT EAPS Directory

Colette Heald

Associate Department Head, CEE
Primary Appointment - Civil and Environmental Engineering

Colette Heald’s research interests span the topics of global atmospheric composition and chemistry, with particular focus on the interactions between the biosphere and atmosphere and the evolution and impacts of atmospheric particles.

Heald received her undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University in Canada in 2000. She obtained her Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard University in 2005, under the direction of Prof. Daniel J. Jacob.  She was a recipient of both the Canadian NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship and the NASA Earth System Science Graduate Fellowship.  Her thesis focused on transpacific transport of pollution and the use of inverse modeling to estimate emissions from aircraft and satellite observations. She was a recipient of the NOAA Global and Climate Change Postdoctoral Fellowship, which supported her research at the University of California Berkeley from 2006 through 2007, with Prof. Allen Goldstein and Prof. Inez Fung. She became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University in 2008 and moved to MIT in January of 2012. Heald is a member of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) Scientific Steering Committee, the GEOS-Chem model Steering Committee, and the Community Earth System Model Advisory Board.  She was a 2015 recipient of the James B. Macelwane Medal.

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Xuan Wang, Colette L. Heald, Arthur J. Sedlacek, Suzane S. de Sá, Scot T. Martin, M. Lizabeth Alexander, Thomas B. Watson, Allison C. Aiken, Stephen R. Springston and Paulo Artaxo (2016), Deriving Brown Carbon from Multi-Wavelength Absorption Measurements: Method and Application to AERONET and Surface Observations, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., online 29 March, doi: 10.5194/acp-2016-237

Chen, Q. and Heald, C. L. and Jimenez, J. L. and Canagaratna, M. R., et al. (2015) Elemental composition of organic aerosol: The gap between ambient and laboratory measurements Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 42, no. 10, pp. 4182-4189, doi: 10.1002/2015gl063693

Heald, C. L. and Spracklen, D. V. (2015) Land Use Change Impacts on Air Quality and Climate Chemical Reviews, vol. 115, no. 10, pp. 4476-4496, doi: 10.1021/cr500446g

Martin, M. V. and Heald, C. L. and Lamarque, J. F. and Tilmes, S. and Emmons, L. K. and Schichtel, B. A. (2015) How emissions, climate, and land use change will impact mid-century air quality over the United States: a focus on effects at national parks Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 2805-2823, doi: 10.5194/acp-15-2805-2015

Perring, A. E. and Schwarz, J. P. and Baumgardner, D. and Hernandez, M. T. and Spracklen, D. V. and Heald, C. L. and Gao, R. S. and Kok, G. and McMeeking, G. R. and McQuaid, J. B. and Fahey, D. W. (2015) Airborne observations of regional variation in fluorescent aerosol across the United States Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, vol. 120, no. 3, pp. 1153-1170, doi: 10.1002/2014jd022495

Porter, W. C. and Heald, C. L. and Cooley, D. and Russell, B. (2015) Investigating the observed sensitivities of air-quality extremes to meteorological drivers via quantile regression Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, vol. 15, no. 18, pp. 10349-10366, doi: 10.5194/acp-15-10349-2015


James B. Macelwane Medal (2015) | AGU Fellow (2015) | Crutzen Award, Best Paper at the Young Scientist’s Conference on Global Change (2006) | NOAA Postdoctoral Fellowship in Climate and Global Change (2005-2007) | NASA Earth System Fellowship (2003-2005)