Ruth Airs

Ruth Airs


Dr Ruth Airs is a Senior Analytical Chemist at PML. Her research is focussed around developing and using improved detection and characterisation of biogeochemically relevant compounds including nitrogenous osmolytes, antioxidants, UV protectants, and chlorophylls.  Ruth is recognised internationally for her work on characterisation of photosynthetic pigments and their alteration products in sediments and photosynthetic bacteria and was part of the working group that updated the widely acclaimed pigment book Phytoplankton Pigments in Oceanography.  Since 2012, Ruth has taken over management and quality assurance responsibility for routine phytoplankton pigments analysis at PML and achieved excellent results for accuracy and precision in an international intercomparison exercise.

Ruth’s work on improving the detection of the osmolyte glycine betaine has directly enabled seawater measurements of this compound, permitting assessment of the seasonality of this important component of the marine organic nitrogen pool for the first time, as well as its potential role as a marine source of atmospheric methyl amines.

Ruth has a BSc and PhD in Chemistry from the University of York. She has supervised 3 PhD students to completion. Ruth reviews papers for a range of high impact journals including Biogeosciences, and has served as a council member for the Challenger Society since 2014.

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