Noelle Eckley Selin

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Scientific Report on TUM-IAS Fellowship

The Focus Group aimed to inform sustainability governance through a better understanding of how people and technology interact. Research developed new multidisciplinary analysis methods and examined empirical cases of pollutants, including mercury and pesticides. Results illuminated underappreciated dynamics of environmental and societal pollutant flows and trade-offs between governance approaches. full report …

Short CV

Noelle Eckley Selin is Associate Professor in the Institute for Data, Systems and Society and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She received her PhD (Earth and Planetary Sciences), M.A. (Earth and Planetary Sciences) and B.A. (Environmental Science and Public Policy) from Harvard University. Her research and professional activities aim to inform efforts to manage environmental pollution in the context of climate change. In her research, she develops and uses atmospheric models and analyzes data to better understand how emissions affect humans and the environment. She also served as Associate Director of MIT's Technology and Policy Program (2015-2017).

Selected Awards

  • 2016, Best Environmental Policy Paper, Environmental Science and Technology
  • 2016-2017, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow
  • 2015, Best Environmental Policy Paper, Environmental Science and Technology
  • 2015, Kavli Fellow, U.S. National Academies Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium
  • 2014-2018, Member, Global Young Academy
  • 2013, Leopold Leadership Fellow
  • 2011, U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER award 

Research Interests

Science-policy, atmospheric chemistry, air quality, mercury, toxic chemicals, persistent organic pollutants, pollution health

Selected Publications

  • Thackray, Colin P.; Selin, Noelle E.: Uncertainty and variability in atmospheric formation of PFCAs from fluorotelomer precursors. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 17 (7), 2017, 4585-4597
  • Garcia-Menendez, Fernando; Monier, Erwan; Selin, Noelle E.: The role of natural variability in projections of climate change impacts on U.S. ozone pollution. Geophysical Research Letters 44 (6), 2017, 2911-2921
  • Stokes, Leah C.; Giang, Amanda; Selin, Noelle E.: Splitting the South: China and India’s Divergence in International Environmental Negotiations. Global Environmental Politics 16 (4), 2016, 12-31
  • Wolfe, Philip J.; Giang, Amanda; Ashok, Akshay; Selin, Noelle E.; Barrett, Steven R. H.: Costs of IQ Loss from Leaded Aviation Gasoline Emissions. Environmental Science & Technology 50 (17), 2016, 9026-9033
  • Giang, Amanda; Selin, Noelle E.: Benefits of mercury controls for the United States. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113 (2), 2015, 286-291
  • Giang, Amanda; Stokes, Leah C.; Streets, David G.; Corbitt, Elizabeth S.; Selin, Noelle E.: Impacts of the Minamata Convention on Mercury Emissions and Global Deposition from Coal-Fired Power Generation in Asia. Environmental Science & Technology 49 (9), 2015, 5326-5335
  • Thompson, Tammy M.; Rausch, Sebastian; Saari, Rebecca K.; Selin, Noelle E.: A systems approach to evaluating the air quality co-benefits of US carbon policies. Nature Climate Change 4 (10), 2014, 917-923
  • Selin, Noelle E.: Global change and mercury cycling: Challenges for implementing a global mercury treaty. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 33 (6), 2014, 1202-1210
  • Thompson, T. M.; Saari, R. K.; Selin, N. E.: Air quality resolution for health impact assessment: influence of regional characteristics. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 14 (2), 2014, 969-978

Publications as TUM-IAS-Fellow


  • Kinniburgh, Fiona: The politics of expertise in assessing alternatives to glyphosate in France. Environmental Science & Policy 145, 2023, 60-72 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Selin, Henrik: The effectiveness of global chemicals treaties. Nature Sustainability 6 (11), 2023, 1289-1290 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )


  • Kinniburgh, Fiona; Selin, Henrik; Selin, Noelle E.; Schreurs, Miranda: When private governance impedes multilateralism: The case of international pesticide governance. Regulation & Governance, 2022 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Selin, Henrik; Selin, Noelle E.: The human–technical–environmental systems framework for sustainability analysis. Sustainability Science, 2022 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Selin, Henrik; Selin, Noelle Eckley: From Stockholm to Minamata and beyond: Governing mercury pollution for a more sustainable future. One Earth 5 (10), 2022, 1109-1125 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )



  • Henrik Selin and Noelle Eckley Selin: Mercury Stories Understanding Sustainability through a Volatile Element. MIT Press, 2020 mehr… BibTeX


  • Li, Mingwei; Zhang, Da; Li, Chiao-Ting; Mulvaney, Kathleen M.; Selin, Noelle E.; Karplus, Valerie J.: Air quality co-benefits of carbon pricing in China. Nature Climate Change 8 (5), 2018, 398-403 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )