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Michael Howard Bergin

Sternberg Family Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
127B Hudson Hall, Box 90287, Durham, NC 27708
127B Hudson Hall, Box 90287, Durham, NC 27708

Research Interests


Aerosols are generated by a variety of natural and anthropogenic sources. I am interested in the processes that emit, transform and deposit particulate matter. A current focus of my research is how particles in the atmosphere directly modify the surface radiation balance of the Earth. This is of importance to the climate of the Earth, as well as plant growth and visibility. We have conducted studies at a variety of polluted urban sites as well as pristine remote sites to understand the contrast between clean and dirty locations. Another interest is the past impacts of aerosols on climate through interpretation of paleorecords archived in ice cores. My work involves a combination of lab and field studies as well as the development of relatively simple mathematical models.

Selected Grants


Mongolian Center for Environmental & Occupational Health - U.S. Subaward

Inst. Training Prgm or CMECo Investigator · Awarded by University of Texas Medical Branch · 2022 - 2027

Global Air Pollution and Health

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. · 2021 - 2025

Building Capacity to Improve Air Quality in South Asia: Reducing PM2.5 Through Low-Cost Sensor Network Driven Policy Decisions

Public ServicePrincipal Investigator · Awarded by US Department of State · 2020 - 2025

Duke University Program in Environmental Health

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2019 - 2024

The combined influence of outdoor and indoor pollutants on acute respiratory response of Children in China

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. · 2015 - 2023

Mongolian Center for Environmental & Occupational Health - U.S. Subaward

Inst. Training Prgm or CMECo Investigator · Awarded by University of Texas Medical Branch · 2022 - 2027

Global Air Pollution and Health

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. · 2021 - 2025

Building Capacity to Improve Air Quality in South Asia: Reducing PM2.5 Through Low-Cost Sensor Network Driven Policy Decisions

Public ServicePrincipal Investigator · Awarded by US Department of State · 2020 - 2025

Duke University Program in Environmental Health

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2019 - 2024

The combined influence of outdoor and indoor pollutants on acute respiratory response of Children in China

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. · 2015 - 2023

Revised - SATVAM: Streaming Analytics over Temporal Variables from Air quality Monitoring

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Indo-US Science and Technology Forum · 2017 - 2021

SATVAM: Streaming Analytics over Temporal Variables from Air quality Monitoring

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Indo-US Science and Technology Forum · 2017 - 2020

Cooperative Program in Nanomaterials Hazard and Exposure Assessment Traineeships (NanoHEAT)

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by Environmental Protection Agency · 2015 - 2018

Enhancing Iran-US Scientific Collaborative Links by Improving Air Quality in Tehran

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by US Department of State · 2015 - 2018

Collaborative research: Spatial and temporal variability of surface albedo and light absorbing chemical species in Greenland

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2015 - 2015

External Relationships


  • GPS Air
  • Solar Unsoiled

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