Dr Nigel Richards


  • 2014 - present: NERC DTP Manager, University of Leeds

  • 2009 - 2015: Postdoctoral research fellow, NCEO, University of Leeds

  • 2007 - 2009: Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Leeds

  • 2005 - 2007: Postdoctoral research fellow, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), USA

Research interests

I am currently the manager of the University of Leeds led NERC SPHERES and Panorama Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs). The DTPs provide scholarships and training for PhD students in environmental science. 

My research interests include the use of satellite, aircraft and ground based observations in conjunction with chemistry transport modeling to investigate tropospheric composition, air quality, the long range transport of pollutants and their impact on climate. I have also performed validation of satellite retrieved datasets for tropospheric composition using aircraft observations.



  • MPhys, Physics with Space Science and Technology, University of Leicester
  • PhD Physics (Earth Observation Science), University of Leicester