Biography

I joined UEA in 1993, having previously worked for Environment Canada, the University of Colorado, the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the University of Essex. I received my PhD from the Environmental Sciences Department of Lancaster University in 1984, where I also graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Sciences.

I am presently Director of the new “EnvEast” Doctoral Training Partnership, and I am Director of the Climate Science BSc and MSci degrees. I teach atmospheric and environmental chemistry.

I have been much involved in long-running European projects to reconstruct historic atmospheric chemical composition from polar firn and ice (FIRETRACC, CRYOSTAT, NEEM). I am most recently of all involved in several projects in S.E. Asia investigating anthropogenic and natural sources of ozone-depleting and greenhouse warming gases in this region.

I have been a Chapter Lead author and/or Review Editor for all of the United Nations World Meteorological Organisation’s “Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion” reports since 1998, including the current 2014 Assessment that is currently under preparation.

I am a founder member and Executive Editor of the Open-Access international journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP), which has the highest Citation Index of any journal in the field of atmospheric science.

 

PhD Positions

Click here for current PhD opportunities in the School of Environmental Sciences. But feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

 

All Publications

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Mithoo-Singh, P. K., Keng, F. S., Phang, S., Leedham Elvidge, E. C., Sturges, W. T., Malin, G., Abd Rahman, N.

(2017)

Halocarbon emissions by selected tropical seaweeds: species-specific and compound-specific responses under changing pH,

in PeerJ

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article no. e2918

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Dunmore, R., Hopkins, J., Lidster, R., Mead, M. I., Bandy, B., Forster, G., Oram, D., Sturges, W., Phang, S., Samah, A. A., Hamilton, J.

(2016)

Development of a Combined Heart-Cut and Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography System to Extend the Carbon Range of Volatile Organic Compounds Analysis in a Single Instrument,

in Separations

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article no. 21

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Rubino, M., Etheridge, D. M., Trudinger, C. M., Allison, C. E., Rayner, P. J., Enting, I., Mulvaney, R., Steele, L. P., Langenfelds, R. L., Sturges, W. T., Curran, M. A. J., Smith, A. M.

(2016)

Low atmospheric CO2 levels during the Little Ice Age due to cooling-induced terrestrial uptake,

in Nature Geoscience

9

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pp. 691-694

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Trudinger, C. M., Fraser, P. J., Etheridge, D. M., Sturges, W. T., Vollmer, M. K., Rigby, M., Martinerie, P., Mühle, J., Worton, D. R., Krummel, P. B., Steele, L. P., Miller, B. R., Laube, J., Mani, F. S., Rayner, P. J., Harth, C. M., Witrant, E., Blunier, T., Schwander, J., O'Doherty, S., Battle, M.

(2016)

Atmospheric abundance and global emissions of perfluorocarbons CF4, C2F6 and C3F8 since 1800 inferred from ice core, firn, air archive and in situ measurements,

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

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pp. 11733-11754

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Laube, J. C., Mohd Hanif, N., Martinerie, P., Gallacher, E., Fraser, P. J., Langenfelds, R., Brenninkmeijer, C. A. M., Schwander, J., Witrant, E., Wang, J., Ou-Yang, C., Gooch, L. J., Reeves, C. E., Sturges, W. T., Oram, D. E.

(2016)

Tropospheric observations of CFC-114 and CFC-114a with a focus on long-term trends and emissions,

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

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pp. 15347-15358

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Leedham Elvidge, E. C., Phang, S., Sturges, W. T., Malin, G.

(2015)

The effect of desiccation on the emission of volatile bromocarbons from two common temperate macroalgae,

in Biogeosciences

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pp. 387-398

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Ganesan, A., Manning, A., Grant, A., Young, D., Oram, D., Sturges, B., Moncrieff, J., O'Doherty, S.

(2015)

Quantifying methane and nitrous oxide emissions from the UK and Ireland using a national-scale monitoring network,

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

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pp. 6393–6406

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Allin, S. J., Laube, J. C., Witrant, E., Kaiser, J., Mckenna, E., Dennis, P., Mulvaney, R., Capron, E., Martinerie, P., Röckmann, T., Blunier, T., Schwander, J., Fraser, P. J., Langenfelds, R. L., Sturges, W. T.

(2015)

Chlorine isotope composition in chlorofluorocarbons CFC-11, CFC-12 and CFC-113 in firn, stratospheric and tropospheric air,

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

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pp. 6867-6877

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Vollmer, M., Rigby, M., Laube, J., Henne, S., Rhee, T. S., Gooch, L., Wenger, A., Young, D., Steele, P., Langenfelds, R., Brenninkmeijer, C., Wang, J., Ou-Yang, C., Wyss, S., Hill, M., Oram, D., Krummel, P., Schoenenberger, F., Zellweger, C., Fraser, P., Sturges, W., O'Doherty, S., Reimann, S.

(2015)

Abrupt reversal in emissions and atmospheric abundance of HCFC-133a (CF3CH2Cl),

in Geophysical Research Letters

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pp. 8702–8710

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Phang, S., Keng, F. S., Paramjeet-Kaur, M. S., An Lim, Y., Rahman, N. A., Leedham, E. C., Robinson, A. D., Harris, N. R. P., Pyle, J. A., Sturges, W. T.

(2015)

Can seaweed farming in the tropics contribute to climate change through emission of short-lived halocarbons?,

in Malaysian Journal of Science

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pp. 8-19

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Dominick, D., Latif, M. T., Juneng, L., Khan, M. F., Amil, N., Mead, M. I., Nadzir, M. S. M., Moi, P. S., Samah, A. A., Ashfold, M. J., Sturges, W. T., Harris, N. R. P., Robinson, A. D., Pyle, J. A.

(2015)

Characterisation of particle mass and number concentration on the east coast of the Malaysian Peninsula during the northeast monsoon,

in Atmospheric Environment

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pp. 187-199

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Laube, J. C., Newland, M. J., Hogan, C., Brenninkmeijer, C. A. M., Fraser, P. J., Martinerie, P., Oram, D. E., Reeves, C. E., Röckmann, T., Schwander, J., Witrant, E., Sturges, W. T.

(2014)

Newly detected ozone-depleting substances in the atmosphere,

in Nature Geoscience

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pp. 266-269

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Mohd Nadzir, M. S., Phang, S. M., Abas, M. R., Abdul Rahman, N., Abu Samah, A., Sturges, W. T., Oram, D. E., Mills, G. P., Leedham, E. C., Pyle, J. A., Harris, N. R. P., Robinson, A. D., Ashfold, M. J., Mead, M. I., Latif, M. T., Mohd Hanafiah, M., Khan, M. F., Amiruddin, A. M.

(2014)

Bromocarbons in the tropical coastal and open ocean atmosphere during the Prime Expedition Scientific Cruise 2009 (PESC 09),

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions

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pp. 953-984

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Allin, S. J., Laube, J. C., Witrant, E., Kaiser, J., Mckenna, E., Dennis, P., Mulvaney, R., Capron, E., Martinerie, P., Röckmann, T., Blunier, T., Schwander, J., Fraser, P. J., Langenfelds, R. L., Sturges, W. T.

(2014)

Chlorine isotope composition in chlorofluorocarbons CFC-11, CFC-12 and CFC-113 in firn, stratospheric and tropospheric air,

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions

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pp. 31813-31841

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Helmig, D., Petrenko, V., Martinerie, P., Witrant, E., Röckmann, T., Zuiderweg, A., Holzinger, R., Hueber, J., Thompson, C., White, J. W. C., Sturges, W., Baker, A., Blunier, T., Etheridge, D., Rubino, M., Tans, P.

(2014)

Reconstruction of Northern Hemisphere 1950–2010 atmospheric non-methane hydrocarbons,

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

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pp. 1463-1483

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Mohd Nadzir, M. S., Phang, S. M., Abas, M. R., Abdul Rahman, N., Abu Samah, A., Sturges, W. T., Oram, D. E., Mills, G. P., Leedham, E. C., Pyle, J. A., Harris, N. R. P., Robinson, A. D., Ashfold, M. J., Mead, M. I., Latif, M. T., Khan, M. F., Amiruddin, A. M., Banan, N., Hanafiah, M. M.

(2014)

Bromocarbons in the tropical coastal and open ocean atmosphere during the 2009 Prime Expedition Scientific Cruise (PESC-09),

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

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pp. 8137-8148

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Laube, J., Keil, A., Bönisch, H., Engel, A., Röckmann, T., Volk, C., Sturges, W.

(2013)

Observation-based assessment of stratospheric fractional release, lifetimes, and ozone depletion potentials of ten important source gases,

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

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pp. 2779-2791

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Petrenko, V. V., Martinerie, P., Novelli, P., Etheridge, D. M., Levin, I., Wang, Z., Blunier, T., Chappellaz, J., Kaiser, J., Lang, P., Steele, L. P., Hammer, S., Mak, J., Langenfelds, R. L., Schwander, J., Severinghaus, J. P., Witrant, E., Petron, G., Battle, M. O., Forster, G., Sturges, W. T., Lamarque, J., Steffen, K., White, J. W. C.

(2013)

A 60 yr record of atmospheric carbon monoxide reconstructed from Greenland firn air,

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

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pp. 7567-7585

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Newland, M. J., Reeves, C. E., Oram, D. E., Laube, J. C., Sturges, W. T., Hogan, C., Begley, P., Fraser, P. J.

(2013)

Southern hemispheric halon trends and global halon emissions, 1978–2011,

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

13

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pp. 5551-5565

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Leedham, E., Hughes, C., Keng, F., Phang, S., Malin, G., Sturges, W.

(2013)

Emission of atmospherically significant halocarbons by naturally occurring and farmed tropical macroalgae,

in Biogeosciences

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pp. 3615-3633

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Key Research Interests

My principal interests are in the occurrence, origins and chemical transformations of trace gases in the atmosphere; notably those that are important to stratospheric ozone depletion, global warming, and are components of regional and long-range air pollution. I am involved in projects making atmospheric measurements across the globe from the Polar Regions to the tropics, and from the surface to the stratosphere. I am interested in historic trends in trace gases as deduced from air trapped in deep polar snow and ice cores. Other projects are investigating the origins of trace gases from the biosphere, including marine and terrestrial sources.


Publications: EPrints Digital Repository

Key Responsibilities

  • Course Director, BSc/MSci Climate Science