Mary Whelan

PhD. Geography UC Berkeley
BA Chemistry/Political Science New College of Florida
Current Position: 
NSF Postdoctorial Fellow
Research Interests: 

I study how terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere affect one another.  Currently, I make observations of carbonyl sulfide, a gas that looks a lot like CO2, to answer questions about leaf physiology from the laboratory to the continental scale.

Whelan ME, Hilton TW, Berry JA, Berkelhammer M, Desai AR, Campbell JE: Carbonyl sulfide exchange in soils for better estimates of ecosystem carbon uptake. Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 15, 21095–21132, 2015.
Campbell JE, Whelan ME, Seibt U, Smith SJ, Berry JA, Hilton TW: Atmospheric carbonyl sulfide sources from anthropogenic activity: Implications for carbon cycle constraints. Geophysical Research Letters, 42, 2015GL063445, 2015.
Hilton TW, Zumkehr A, Kulkarni S, Berry J, Whelan ME, Campbell JE: Large variability in ecosystem models explains uncertainty in a critical parameter for quantifying GPP with carbonyl sulphide. Tellus B, 67, 2015. 
Whelan, ME  and Rhew, RC: Carbonyl sulfide produced by abiotic thermal and photo-degradation of soil organic matter from wheat field substrate, Journal of Geophysical Research Biogeosciences, 2014JG002661, doi:10.1002/2014JG002661, 2015.
Rhew, RC, Whelan, ME and Min, D-H: Large methyl halide emissions from south Texas salt marshes, Biogeosciences, 11, 6427–6434, doi:10.5194/bg-11-6427-2014, 2014.
Whelan, ME, Min, D-H and Rhew, RC: Salt marshes as a source of atmospheric carbonyl sulfide, Atmospheric Environment, 131–137, 2013.
Khan, MAH, Rhew, RC, Zhou, K and Whelan, ME: Halogen biogeochemistry of invasive perennial pepperweed (Lepidium latifolium) in a peatland pasture, Journal of Geophysical Research, 118, 239–247, doi:DOI: 10.1002/jgrg.20020, 2013.
Khan, MAH, Whelan, ME and Rhew, RC: Analysis of low concentration reduced sulfur compounds (RSCs) in air: storage issues and measurement by gas chromatography with sulfur chemiluminescence detection, Talanta, 88, 581–586, doi:10.1016/j.talanta.2011.11.038, 2012.
Khan, MAH, Rhew, RC, Whelan, ME, Zhou, K and Deverel, SJ: Methyl halide and chloroform emissions from a subsiding Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta island converted to rice fields, Atmospheric Environment, 45, 977-985, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2010.10.053, 2011. 
NSF Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship 2015
Janet Witter Award for Environmental Science Research 2013
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award 2012
Martin Foundation Research Funding Award 2012
UC Berkeley Graduate Division Summer Grant 2012
Graduate Student Association Community Leader Award 2010