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Prof. Noelle Eckley Selin

Associate Professor, Institute for Data, Systems and Society and Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Associate Director, Institute for Data, Systems and Society



Research Interests:
Noelle Eckley Selin's research focuses on using atmospheric chemistry modeling to inform decision-­making strategies on air pollution, climate change and toxic substances including mercury and persistent organic pollutants. She has also published articles and book chapters on the interactions between science and policy in international environmental negotiations, in particular focusing on global efforts to regulate hazardous chemicals and persistent organic pollutants.

Selected Publications

Kwon, Sae Yun, Noelle E. Selin (2016), Uncertainties in Atmospheric Mercury Modeling for Policy Evaluation, Air Pollution (S Wu, Section Editor), Current Pollution Reports, first online: 06 April 2016, doi: 10.1007/s40726-016-0030-8

Selin, NE (2016): Teaching and Learning from Environmental Summits: COP 21 and BeyondGlobal Environmental Politics, 16(3): 31-40, doi: 10.1162/GLEP_a_00364

Thompson, TM, S Rausch, RK Saari, NE Selin (2016), Air quality co-benefits of subnational carbon policies, Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 66(10):988-1002, doi: 10.1080/10962247.2016.1192071


Stokes, LC, NE Selin (2016), The mercury game: evaluating a negotiation simulation that teaches students about science-policy interactionsJournal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 6(30): 597-606, doi: 10.10007/s13412-014-0183-y


Friedman, CL, NE Selin (2016), PCBs in the Arctic atmosphere: determining important driving forces using a global atmospheric transport model, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16(5): 3433-3448, doi: 10.5194/acp-16-433-2016
Giang, A, NE Selin (2016), Benefits of mercury controls for the United States, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(2): 286-291, doi: 19,1073/pnas.1514395113

Garcia-Menendez, F. and Saari, R. K. and Monier, E. and Selin, N. E. (2015) US Air Quality and Health Benefits from Avoided Climate Change under Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Environmental Science & Technology, vol. 49, no. 13, pp. 7580-7588, doi: 10.1021/acs.est.5b01324

Saari, R. K. and Selin, N. E. and Rausch, S. and Thompson, T. M. (2015) A self-consistent method to assess air quality co-benefits from U.S. climate policies Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, vol. 65, no. 1, pp. 74-89, doi: 10.1080/10962247.2014.959139
Song, S. and Selin, N. E. and Soerensen, A. L. and Angot, H., et al. (2015) Top-down constraints on atmospheric mercury emissions and implications for global biogeochemical cyclingAtmospheric Chemistry and Physics, vol. 15, no. 12, pp. 7103-7125, doi: 10.5194/acp-15-7103-2015
Thackray, C. P. and Friedman, C. L. and Zhang, Y. X. and Selin, N. E. (2015) Quantitative Assessment of Parametric Uncertainty in Northern Hemisphere PAH ConcentrationsEnvironmental Science & Technology, vol. 49, no. 15, pp. 9185-9193, doi: 10.1021/acs.est.5b01823
Holt, J, NE Selin, S Solomon (2015), Changes in inorganic fine particulate matter sensitivities to precursors due to large-scale US emissions reductionsEnvironmental science & technology, 49(8):4834-4841, doi:10.1021/acs.est.5b00008
Selin, NE (2014), Global change and mercury cycling: Challenges for implementing a global mercury treaty, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 33(6): 1202-1210, doi: 10.1002/etc.2374
Thompson, TM, RK Saari, NE Selin (2014) Air quality resolution for health impact assessment: influence of regional characteristics, Atmospheric chemistry and physics, 14(2):969-978, doi:10.5194/acp-14-969-2014
Jaffe, DA, S Lyman, HM Amos, MS Gustin, J Huang, NE Selin, et al. (2014), Progress on understanding atmospheric mercury hampered by uncertain measurementsEnvironmental Science & Technology, 48(13): 7204-7206, doi: 10.1021/es5026432

Sunderland, E.M. and N.E. Selin, 2013: Future trends in environmental mercury concentrations: implications for prevention strategies, Environmental Health, 12(2): 1-5

Reilly, J., S. Paltsev, K. Strzepek, N.E. Selin, Y. Cai, K.-M. Nam, E. Monier, S. Dutkiewicz, J. Scott, M. Webster and A. Sokolov, 2013: Valuing climate impacts in integrated assessment models: the MIT IGSM, Climatic Change, 117(3): 561-73

Friedman, C.L. and N.E. Selin, 2012: Long-Range Atmospheric Transport of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons: A Global 3-D Model Analysis Including Evaluation of Arctic Sources, Environmental Science & Technology, 46(17): 9501–9510

Selin, N.E, 2012: Atmospheric Chemistry, Modeling, and Biogeochemistry of Mercury, Mercury in the Environment: Pattern and Process, M.S. Banks, ed., (Chapter 5) pp. 73–80

Selin, N.E, 2011: Science and Strategies to Reduce Mercury Risks: A Critical Review, Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 13(9):2389–2399

Nam, K.-M., N.E. Selin, J.M. Reilly, and S. Paltsev, 2010: Measuring Loss in Human Welfare Caused by Air Pollution: A CGE Analysis, Energy Policy, 38(9): 5059–5071

Selin, N.E., E.M. Sunderland, C.D. Knightes and R.P. Mason, 2010: Sources of Mercury Exposure for U.S. Seafood Consumers: Implications for Policy, Environmental Health Perspectives, 118(1): 137–143

Selin, N.E., S. Wu, K.-M. Nam, J.M. Reilly, S. Paltsev, R.G. Prinn and M.D. Webster, 2009: Global Health and Economic Impacts of Future Ozone Pollution, Environmental Research Letters, 4(044014): 1–9

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Ph.D., Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, 2007
M.A., Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, 2000
B.A., Environmental Science and Public Policy, Harvard University, 2000