Gallagher, Professor Martin William

Instrument PI


University of Manchester

School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

The University of Manchester

Simon Building

Oxford Road


M13 9PL

+44 161 306 3937  

Professor in Atmospheric Physics & Surface Exchange at the School of Earth, Atmospheric & Environmental Science, University of Manchester, 2004-Present. 2008-2012 Member NERC Peer Review Panel; 2005- EUFAR UK representative for student research project applications; 2004-2007: Member Steering Committee NERC Polluted Troposphere Programme; 2005- NCAS PI for Cloud Physics Instrumentation; 2002- present: 2012-Coordinator Cloud Instrument Working Group, Original Member of the AISBL and member of the Executive Board for the IAGOS European Infrastructure for Global Airborne Measurements for Climate using commercial airlines. Has a strong track record in multi-disciplinary research with instrument applications ranging from surface atmospheric exchange of gases and aerosols using eddy correlation flux techniques, to cloud microphysical measurements using both laboratory (EU AIDA facility, Manchester Ice Cloud Chamber & CERN CLOUD chamber), ground based and airborne platforms (FAAM 146, BAS Twin Otter, ARA Egrett high altitude platform, IAGOS-Airbus and collaborted with colleagues at the University of Hertfordshire to deploy new instrumentation on the NASA Global Hawk high altitude autonomous vehicle to investigate ice cloud processes). He has supervised/co-supervised use of many cloud ice particle instruments and analysis of their data including optical array probes, CPI, 3VCPI and 2DSspectrometers. Currently co-supervising a PhD student working on analysis of data from a holographic particle spectrometer in collaboration with the University of Mainz.

He has been PI on studies applying novel UVLIF single particle spectrometers to measure airborne concentrations and emission rates of biogenic particles collaborates in many challenging environments. He has worked closely with instrument designers at CAIR and Dstl, who developed the biogenic UVLIF aerosol spectrometer instruments which have been subsequently commercially licensed  to instrument manufacturers DMT, USA with whom he also works closely. He currently co-supervises PhD students with Dr. D. Topping (NCAS) on development of machine learning algorithms t improve real-time UVLIF detection and identification of airborne particles including biological particles using a new UK bioaerosol test chamber at Dst.

He has deployed various UVLIF instruments in tropical forests (Borneo - NERC OP3 project), Cape Verde (NERC ICE-D Project), and Antarctic (NERC MAC project) and has participated in the US BEACHON-RhomBas Bioaerosol Project which conducted the first quantitative comparison of techniques for detection and quantitifcation of the concentrations of airborne biogenic particles. He also participated in the EU BIODETECT Field Campaign in France to intercompare bioaerosol detection techniques. He lead the ground based aerosol component of ICE-D which deployed multiple aerosol spectrometers in Praia, Cape Verde to support aircraft measurements. He also deployed a system at CVAO GAW station in collaboration with NCAS York and Tropos Leipzig for continuous monitoring of bioflureoscent aerosols and dust. He has contributed as a mission scientist on airborne measurements measuring greenhouse gases, clouds and aerosols in the Arctic (as a Co-I on the MAMM and ACCACIA projects), the ICE-D dust outflow experiment, as well as validating greenhouse gas emissions inventories as Co-I on the UK GAUGE and MOYA projects. He is overseeing the technology component of CAST to install new particle detectors on the NASA Global Hawk in collaboration withthe Univ. of Cambridge and Herts. He is also collaborating wiht the Unieversity of York-NCAS to install a new methane isotope and ethane analyser on the FAAM aircraft.

He has >200 peer-reviewed publications, a previous member of NERC Review College and Fellowship assessment panels, mmber Royal Met. Soc and Aerosol Soc.  and has been an invited lecturer at the Marie Curie Cloud-Train Early Stage Researcher School for topics including aerosol-cloud instrumentation and detection techniques.

He is currenrly overseeing addition of a new high resolution UVLIF particle spectrometer to NCAS AMF.

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