Mike Ashmore
Professor of Environmental Science

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Mike sadly passed away on the 23rd September 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, mentor and friend to people at SEI and beyond.

Mike was appointed to a chair in Environment in October 2004. He divided his time between the Department of Environment and Geography and SEI, for whom he works 20% of his time. He also led the York Centre for Atmosphere/Biosphere Exchange (YCABE), a joint initiative between Environment, SEIY, Biology and Chemistry. Prior to coming to York, he was Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Bradford, and from 1975 to 1998 worked as a research fellow, then lecturer and reader at Imperial College London.

Mike acted as a member of UK DETR National Expert Group on Trans-boundary Air Pollution, UK Department of the Environment Photo-oxidant Review Group and Critical Loads Advisory Group, UK Department of Health Advisory Group on the Medical Aspects of Air Pollution Episodes, and of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology working group on air pollution and allergy, and as a consultant to the World Health Organisation on revised Air Quality Guidelines for Europe.


  • Member of the Steering Committees of the NERC Committee on Air Pollution Effects Research 
  • Member of UN/ECE Integrated Co-operative Programme on Vegetation.
  • Ad-hoc member of the DEFRA Air Quality Expert Group
  • Member of UN/ECE ad-hoc working group on critical loads for metals
Mike Ashmore