Engineering Systems Division
Ph.D. ‘07 in Earth and Planetary Science, Harvard University
Noelle Selin will join ESD as an assistant professor effective January 16, 2010. Her research explores environmental and sustainability issues such as mercury pollution, health impacts of aerosols and other air pollutants, and pollutant climate change interactions. She earned a BA in Environmental Science and Public Policy and an MA and PhD (2007) in Earth and Planetary Sciences, all from Harvard University. For her doctoral thesis, she developed and evaluated a global, 3D atmospheric model of mercury pollution. She is currently a research scientist at MIT’s Center for Global Change Science and the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, where her research focuses on the linkages between air pollution impacts and human health. Before coming to MIT, she was a graduate researcher in Harvard’s Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling group. She was also previously a Fulbright Fellow at the European Environment Agency and University of Copenhagen, and a research associate with the Initiative on Science and Technology for Sustainability at the Harvard Kennedy School. Dr. Selin has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on global biogeochemical cycling of mercury, air pollution, and interactions between science and policy in international environmental negotiations. She was the finalist in the school-wide faculty search in green technologies.