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Dr Kathryn Emmerson

Principal Research Scientist


Kathryn’s research expertise lies in modelling atmospheric chemistry. She addresses complex air quality problems for national benefit and influences the Atmospheric Composition and Chemistry (ACC) group’s strategic research in the prediction of air quality, for example under future climates. She is an expert in developing new capabilities and parameterisations for atmospheric chemistry models including the CSIRO Chemical Transport Model (C-CTM). She has worked on a diverse range of air quality problems involving smoke, secondary organic aerosol, inorganic chemistry on sea salt aerosol, pollen, mercury, and biogenic gas phase emissions. Her work is of national significance, being used by Federal and State Governments, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) and universities to improve health outcomes for the Australian population.

Current Roles

  • Principal Research Scientist
    Air quality modelling

Academic Qualifications

  • 2002

    PhD Atmospheric Chemical Modelling
    Lancaster University, UK

  • 1997

    Bsc Environmental Science
    Lancaster University, UK

Professional Experiences

  • 2011-2020

    Senior Research Scientist

  • 2006-2011

    Postdoctoral Researcher
    University of Leeds

  • 2003-2006

    Postdoctoral Researcher
    University of York

Other highlights

  • 2016-2020

    Kathryn spearheaded the Characterizing the Organics and Aerosol Loading of Australia (COALA) project. COALA brought international researchers from the UK, USA and Japan to Australia participate in forest fieldwork to measure volatile emissions from Eucalyptus trees.

  • 2019-2020

    Visiting scientist at the Bureau of Meteorology, Australia

  • 2017-2020

    Developed first Australian atmospheric emission and dispersion model for grass pollen

  • 2018-2018

    Invited speaker at International Global Atmospheric Chemistry conference in Japan.

  • 2016-2016

    Lead author of 2016 State of the Environment: Atmosphere chapter.

  • 2016-2016

    Visiting scientist at NCAR, Colorado, USA

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2021-present

    Editorial board. Frontiers in Allergy: Environmental Determinants

  • 2018-present

    Editorial board. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change: Atmosphere

  • 2017-present

    Leader of the Aspendale Women's Network

  • 2016-present

    Consultative Committee representative at Aspendale

  • 2017-2019

    Reward Review Committee