Dr Maria Val Martin

School of Biosciences

UKRI Future Leaders Fellow

Dr Maria Val Martin
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Dr Maria Val Martin
School of Biosciences
Alfred Denny Building
Western Bank
S10 2TN
  • UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, University of Sheffield, UK (2020-)
  • Senior Research Fellow at LC3M, University of Sheffield, UK (2017-2020)
  • Research and Teaching Fellow at Chemical Engineering Department, University of Sheffield, UK (2014-2017)
  • Research Scientist at Colorado State University, USA (2011-2014)
  • Visiting Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (2011)
  • Research Associate Fellow at Harvard University, USA (2007-2010)
  • PhD in Environmental Engineering (with focus in Atmospheric Sciences), Michigan Tech University, USA (2007)
  • MSc in Environmental Engineering, Michigan Tech University (2002)
  • MEng in Agronomy and Crop Sciences, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain (2000)
  • BEng in Agricultural Engineering, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain (1998)
Research interests

I am an atmospheric scientist with a research interest in understanding the composition and chemistry of the global atmosphere and the feedbacks with biosphere and climate.

In my work, I integrate field data and satellite observations with different types of numerical models (eg atmospheric chemical transport, land, and earth system models) to address questions related to atmosphere-biosphere-climate interactions and climate change mitigation.

I am also a strong advocate of science and share my enthusiasm for earth sciences working with local schools and community. I run an Air Quality Garden at the Sheffield Botanical Gardens and organize outreach events to raise public awareness about urban air pollution and climate change.


  • BREATHE: A feasibility study of green barriers to air pollution mitigation in school playgrounds funded by Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures (PhD project, co-supervisor)
  • Adventures in carbon neutral farming: mitigating potent greenhouse gas emissions from soils with rock dust funded by NERC Doctoral Training Partnership “ACCE” (Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (PhD project, co-supervisor)
Research group

Current postdocs and PhD students

  • PDRA Dr James King (2021-) 
  • PDRA Dr James Weber (2021-) 
  • PhD student Katie Rees (2022-)

Former students and postdocs

  • Maria Redondo-Bermudez, PhD student 2018-2022
  • Laura Gonzalez-Alonso, PhD student 2015-2019, now Data Analyst, Dept for Work and Pensions, UK
  • Ka Ming Fung, visiting PhD student from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) 2019, now senior data analyst at McKinsey, USA
  • Alan Min, visiting PhD student from CUHK 2018, now a government employee in Singapore
Teaching activities
  • APS11008-Climate Change and Sustainability
  • APS6618-MSc Biodiversity and Conservation Individual Research Project
Professional activities and memberships
  • Member of DEFRA Air Quality Expert Group (2022-)
  • Associate Editor for Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene (Atmospheric Sciences Section)
  • Regular Reviewer for Scientific Journals: Nature Climate Change, Geophys. Res. Lett, Atmos. Chem. Phys, Biogeosciences, Environ. Res. Lett, Environ. Sci.Technol, Atmospheric Environment, Geosci. Model Dev.
  • Reviewer for science funding agencies: NERC, NASA, US NSF