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Dr James Whitehead

Dr James Whitehead

Postdoctoral Research Associate

MSci Physics with Astrophysics (Bristol) 2002, PhD Atmospheric Ammonia Measurements (Manchester) 2006

Room Number: 2.02 [Simon Building]
Tel: +44 (0)161 306 3953
Email: james.whitehead@manchester.ac.uk


Professional biography

I am currently a PDRA working on the NERC funded Brazil-UK Network for Investigation of Amazonian Atmospheric Composition and Impacts on Climate (BUNIAACIC). This aims to establish a collaborative network between Brazilian and UK atmospheric researchers, and from this build a framework for future collaborative research in the Amazon.

Specific research interests

Aerosols, Surface-Atmosphere Exchange, CCN, Hygroscopicity


  • Whitehead, J.D., J.R. Dorsey, M.W. Gallagher, M.J. Flynn, G. McFiggans, L.J. Carpenter (2012) Particle fluxes and condensational uptake over sea ice during COBRA, Jounal of Geophysical Research, 117, D15202, doi:10.1029/2012JD017798.
  • Harrison, R.M., R. Dall’Osto, D.C.S. Beddows, A.J. Thorpe, W.J. Bloss, J.D. Allan, H. Coe, J.R. Dorsey, M. Gallagher, C. Martin, J. Whitehead, P. Williams, R.L. Jones, J.M. Langridge, A.K. Benton, S.M. Ball, B. Langford, C.N. Hewitt, B. Davison, D. Martin, K.F. Petersson, S.J. Henshaw, I.R. White, D.E. Shallcross, J.F. Barlow, T. Dunbar, F. Davies, E. Nemitz, G. Phillips, C. Helfter, C.F. Di Marco, and S. Smith (2012), Atmospheric chemistry and physics in the atmosphere of a developed megacity (London): an overview of the REPARTEE experiment and its conclusions, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 12, 3065-3114.
  • Twigg, M.M., E. House, R. Thomas, J. Whitehead, G.J. Phillips, D. Famulari, D. Fowler, M.W. Gallagher, J.N. Cape, M.A. Sutton, and E. Nemitz (2011), Surface/atmosphere exchange and chemical interactions of reactive nitrogen compounds above a manured grassland, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 151, 1488-1503.
  • Whitehead, J.D., M.W. Gallagher, J.R. Dorsey, N. Robinson, A.M. Gabey, H. Coe, G. McFiggans, M.J. Flynn, J. Ryder, E. Nemitz, F. Davies (2010) Aerosol fluxes and dynamics within and above a tropical rainforest in South-East Asia, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 10, 9369-9382.
  • Gabey, A.M., M.W. Gallagher, J. Whitehead, J.R. Dorsey, P.H. Kaye, and W.R. Stanley (2010), Measurements and comparison of primary biological aerosol above and below a tropical forest canopy using a dual channel fluorescence spectrometer, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 10, 4453-4466.
  • von Bobrutzki, K., C.F. Braban, D. Famulari, S.K. Jones, T. Blackall, T.E.L. Smith, M. Blom, H. Coe, M. Gallagher, M. Ghalaieny, M.R. McGillen, C.J. Percival, J.D. Whitehead, R. Ellis, J. Murphy, A. Mohacsi, A. Pogany, H. Junninen, S. Rantanen, M. A. Sutton, and E. Nemitz (2010), Field inter-comparison of eleven atmospheric ammonia measurement techniques, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 3, 91-112.
  • Leigh, R.J., S.M. Ball, J. Whitehead, C. Leblanc, A.J.L. Shillings, A.S. Mahajan, H. Oetjen, J.D. Lee, C.E. Jones, J.R. Dorsey, M. Gallagher, R.L. Jones, J.M.C. Plane, P. Potin, and G. McFiggans (2010), Measurements and modelling of molecular iodine emissions, transport and photodestruction in the coastal region around Roscoff, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 10, 11823-11838.
  • Furneaux, K.L., L.K. Whalley, D.E. Heard, H.M. Atkinson, W.J. Bloss, M.J. Flynn, M.W. Gallagher, T. Ingham, L. Kramer, J.D. Lee, R. Leigh, G.B. McFiggans, A.S. Mahajan, P.S. Monks, H. Oetjen, J.M.C. Plane, and J.D. Whitehead (2010), Measurements of iodine monoxide at a semi polluted coastal location, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 10, 3645-3663.
  • McFiggans, G., C.S.E. Bale, S.M. Ball, J.M. Beames, W.J. Bloss, L.J. Carpenter, J. Dorsey, R. Dunk, M.J. Flynn, K.L. Furneaux, M.W. Gallagher, D.E. Heard, A.M. Hollingsworth, K. Hornsby, T. Ingham, C.E. Jones, R.L. Jones, L.J. Kramer, J.M. Langridge, C. Leblanc, J.-P. LeCrane, J.D. Lee, R.J. Leigh, I. Longley, A.S. Mahajan, P.S. Monks, H. Oetjen, A.J. Orr-Ewing, J.M.C. Plane, P. Potin, A.J.L. Shillings, F. Thomas, R. von Glasow, R. Wada, L. K. Whalley, and J.D. Whitehead (2010), Iodine-mediated coastal particle formation: an overview of the Reactive Halogens in the Marine Boundary Layer (RHaMBLe) Roscoff coastal study, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 10, 2975-2999.
  • Whitehead, J.D., G.B. McFiggans, M.W. Gallagher, M.J. Flynn (2010) Simultaneous coastal measurements of ozone depsoition fluxes and iodine-mediated particle emission fluxes with subsequent CCN formation, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 10, 255-266.
  • Whitehead, J.D., G.B. McFiggans, M.W. Gallagher, M.J. Flynn (2009) Direct linkage between tidally driven coastal ozone depsoition fluxes, particle emission fluxes, and subsequent CCN formation, Geophysical Research Letters, 36, L04806, doi:10.1029/2008GL035969.
  • Whitehead, J.D., M. Twigg, D. Famulari, E. Nemitz, M.A. Sutton, M.W. Gallagher, D. Fowler (2008) Evaluation of laser absorption spectroscopic techniques for eddy covariance flux measurements of ammonia, Environmental Science and Technology, 42, 2041-2046.
  • Gysel, M., J. Crosier, D.O. Topping, J.D. Whitehead, K.N. Bower, M.J. Cubison, P.I. Williams, M.J. Flynn, G.B. McFiggans, and H. Coe (2007), Closure between chemical composition and hygroscopic growth of aerosol particles during TORCH2, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 7, 6131-6144.
  • Sutton, M.A., E. Nemitz, J.W. Erisman, C. Beier, K. Butterbach Bahl, P. Cellier, W. de Vries, F. Cotrufo, U. Skiba, C. Di Marco, S. Jones, P. Laville, J.F. Soussana, B. Loubet, M. Twigg, D. Famulari, J. Whitehead, M.W. Gallagher, A. Neftel, C.R. Flechard, B. Herrmann, P.L. Calanca, J.K. Schjoerring, U. Daemmgen, L. Horvath, Y.S. Tang, B.A. Emmett, A. Tietema, J. Peñuelas, M. Kesik, N. Brueggemann, K. Pilegaard, T. Vesala, C.L. Campbell, J.E. Olesen, U. Dragosits, M.R. Theobald, P. Levy, D.C. Mobbs, R. Milne, N. Viovy, N. Vuichard, J.U. Smith, P. Smith, P. Bergamaschi, D. Fowler, and S. Reis (2007), Challenges in quantifying biosphere-atmosphere exchange of nitrogen species, Environmental Pollution, 150, 125-139.
  • Whitehead, J.D., I.D. Longley, M.W. Gallagher (2007) Seasonal and diurnal variation in atmospheric ammonia in an urban environment measured using a quantum cascade laser absorption spectrometer, Water Air and Soil Pollution, 183(1-4), 317-329.
  • Cubison, M.J., M.R. Alfarra, J. Allan, K.N. Bower, H. Coe, G.B. McFiggans, J.D. Whitehead, P.I.Williams, Q. Zhang, J.L. Jimenez, J. Hopkins, and J. Lee (2006), The characterisation of pollution aerosol in a changing photochemical environment, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 6, 5573-5588.