Selin, Noelle

Noelle Selin
Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Associate Professor, Institute for Data, Systems and Society and Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences





Focus Areas

Air Quality & Health


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:
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

Education + Credentials
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
Courses taught:
Modeling and Assessment for Policy (ESD.864)

Recent Publications

Journal Article
Garcia-Menendez, F., E. Monier and N. Selin (2017). Geophysical Research Letters, 44(6): 2911-2921
Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Saari, R.K., T.M. Thompson and N.E. Selin (2017). Environmental Science and Technology, 51(4): 1953–1961 [PDF]
Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Stokes, L.C., A. Giang and N.E. Selin (2016). Global Environmental Politics, 16(4): 12-31 [PDF]
Journal Article
Wolfe, P.J., A. Giang, A. Ashok, N.E. Selin and S.R.H. Barrett (2016). Environmental Science & Technology, 50(17): 9026-9033
Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Selin, N.E. (2016). Global Environmental Politics, 16(3): 31-40 [PDF]

News + Media

Student Spotlight
MIT News | 
Jun 09, 2017
In The News
Environmental Science & Technology | 
Apr 07, 2017
In The News
New Yorker | 
Mar 30, 2017
In The News
The Atlantic | 
Mar 24, 2017
In The News
Inside Climate News | 
Mar 07, 2017
News Release
MIT News | 
Feb 10, 2017
News Release
Joint Program News | 
Aug 24, 2016