Randall Martin



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Email: randall.martin@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-3915
Mailing Address: 
Department of Physics
Dalhousie University
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Computational chemistry
  • Atmospheric chemistry
  • Air quality
  • Climate change
  • Biogeochemical cycling


  • BSc, Cornell University
  • MSc, Oxford University and Harvard University
  • PhD Harvard University
  • PDF Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics


Research interests

We apply satellite observations, global models, and in situ measurements to improve understanding about the processes controlling air quality, climate, and biogeochemical cycling.

Selected awards and honours

  • Arthur B. McDonald Chair of Research Excellence, 2017-2023
  • E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship, NSERC, 2012-2014 
  • Faculty of Science Killam Professorship, 2010-2015 
  • NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement, 2010-2012 
  • Faculty of Science Killam Prize, 2010 
  • Dr. G. Forbes Langstroth Memorial Teaching Award, 2006

Selected publications

  • Cooper, M., R. V. Martin, A. Padmanabhan, and D. K. Henze (2017), Comparing mass balance and adjoint methods for inverse modeling of nitrogen dioxide columns for global nitrogen oxide emissions, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres,  doi:10.1002/2016JD025985.
  • Croft, B., G. R. Wentworth, R. V. Martin, W. R. Leaitch, J. G. Murphy, B. N. Murphy, J. K. Kodros, J. P. D. Abbatt, and J. R. Pierce, Contribution of Arctic seabird-colony ammonia to atmospheric particles and cloud-albedo radiative effect, Nature Communications, 7:13444, doi:10.1038/ncomms13444, 2016.
  • Geddes, J. A., and R. V. Martin (2017), Global deposition of total reactive nitrogen oxides from 1996 to 2014 constrained with satellite observations of NO2 columns, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17(16), 10071-10091, doi:10.5194/acp-17-10071-2017.
  • Philip, S., R. V. Martin, G. Snider, C. L. Weagle, A. van Donkelaar, M. Brauer, D. K. Henze, Z. Klimont, C. Venkataraman, S. K. Guttikunda, and Q. Zhang (2017), Anthropogenic fugitive, combustion and industrial dust is a significant, underrepresented fine particulate matter source in global atmospheric models, Environmental Research Letters, 12(4), 044018.
  • Snider, G., Weagle, C. L., Murdymootoo, K. K., Ring, A., Ritchie, Y., Stone, E., Walsh, A., Akoshile, C., Anh, N. X., Balasubramanian, R., Brook, J., Qonitan, F. D., Dong, J., Griffith, D., He, K., Holben, B. N., Kahn, R., Lagrosas, N., Lestari, P., Ma, Z., Misra, A., Norford, L. K., Quel, E. J., Salam, A., Schichtel, B., Segev, L., Tripathi, S., Wang, C., Yu, C., Zhang, Q., Zhang, Y., Brauer, M., Cohen, A., Gibson, M. D., Liu, Y., Martins, J. V., Rudich, Y., and Martin, R. V.: Variation in global chemical composition of PM2.5: emerging results from SPARTAN, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 9629-9653, doi:10.5194/acp-16-9629-2016, 2016.
  • van Donkelaar, A., R. V. Martin, M. Brauer, N. C. Hsu, R. A. Kahn, R. C. Levy, A. Lyapustin, A. M. Sayer, and D. M. Winker (2016), Global Estimates of Fine Particulate Matter using a Combined Geophysical-Statistical Method with Information from Satellites, Models, and Monitors, Environmental Science & Technology, 50(7), 3762-3772, doi:10.1021/acs.est.5b05833.
  • Xu, J. W., R. V. Martin, A. Morrow, S. Sharma, L. Huang, W. R. Leaitch, J. Burkart, H. Schulz, M. Zanatta, M. D. Willis, D. K. Henze, C. J. Lee, A. B. Herber, and J. P. D. Abbatt (2017), Source attribution of Arctic black carbon constrained by aircraft and surface measurements, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17(19), 11971-11989, doi:10.5194/acp-17-11971-2017.