MIT EAPS Directory

Colette Heald

Mitsui Career Development Associate Professor
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.


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)

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48-335 (Parsons Lab)


Ph.D., Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, 2005
B.Sc., Engineering Physics, Queens University, Canada, 2000