DR Robyn Schofield

DR Robyn Schofield


  • Atmospheric Composition - bromine, nitrogen, sulfur and water compounds (Spectroscopy)
  • Microphysical Modelling, Stratospheric Aerosols (TTL processing)
  • Radiative transfer modelling, tropical tropopause layer processes (Troposphere-Stratosphere Exchange)



  • I performed my PhD jointly at the School of Environmental Sciences at Auckland University and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research at Lauder, Central Otago, New Zealand looking at the vertical distribution of BrO, conducting and inverting spectroscopic measurements made at both Lauder and Arrival Heights, Antarctica.

    I then spent two years in Boulder, Colorado as a CIRES visiting fellow working at the NOAA Chemical Sciences Division looking at spectroscopy of clouds, aerosols, sulfur, nitrogen and ozone trends.

    Between 2006 and 2011 I worked at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Potsdam as a Humboldt visiting fellow looking at Polar ozone loss kinetics and then a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow looking at tropical tropopause layer transport of chemical species to the stratosphere.

    Since June 2011 I have been working at the School of Earth Sciences as part of the Climate and Weather Sciences Group at the University of Melbourne. From March 2014 I took up a lecturer for Climate System Science position and have been a senior lecturer since September 2016. Since April 2017 I have been the Director of the Environmental Science Hub. Our AIRBOX facility, with multiple University and Industry partners, is how we measure the atmosphere in lots of places. My current research interests are:
    • Spectroscopic observations of trace gas species
    • Radiative transfer modelling
    • Stratospheric ozone loss kinetics
    • Tropical tropopause layer processes driving stratospheric composition
    • Microphysical modelling
    • Coupled chemistry-climate modelling
    • Urban air quality and health

    I have been involved in the atmospheric chemistry observations and modelling from various platforms and scales, from ships: such as the Aurora Australis (



Member of

  • Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society - AMOS. Member 2011 -
  • Association of Polar Early Career Scientists - APECS. Member 2006 -
  • Earth Science Women's Network - ESWN. Member 2005 -
  • American Geophysical Union - AGU. Member 2002 -


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Education and training

  • Grad Cert, University of Melbourne 2014
  • PhD, University of Auckland 2004
  • BSc (Hons 1), University of Otago 2000

Awards and honors

  • Marie Curie Fellowship, 2007
  • Fellow of the Humboldt Foundation, 2006



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am interested in many areas of atmospheric chemistry problems from stratospheric ozone loss, stratospheric composition, and processes driving them to mercury deposition in the polar regions. A masters or PhD project will teach skills in retrieval theory, remote sensing techniques, and making / analysing atmospheric observations. If you are interested in understanding atmospheric chemical processes with the help of observational modelling contact me.