Dr Maria Val Martin is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at the University of Sheffield. She is an atmospheric scientist with a research interest in understanding the interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere and climate and the use of land-based CO2 removal strategies to mitigate climate change.

Maria received her MEng in Agriculture Engineering from Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (Spain), and completed her PhD in Environmental Engineering at Michigan Technological University (USA). In 2007, she was a postdoctoral associate at the Harvard University Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling Group, and later she worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. In 2011, she joined the Atmospheric Science Department at Colorado State University as a Research Scientist.  She moved to the UK in 2014 to work at the University of Sheffield.

Her research group works in addressing the pressing issues of air pollution, climate change, and ecosystem degradation by better understanding the complex interactions between atmospheric chemistry, climate, land surface and biosphere. Her group studies these topics by combining high-performance Earth System modelling with observations from all scales (from field trials to satellite sensors).

Within LC3M, Maria leads a research line to investigate atmospheric chemistry and radiative forcing feedbacks from enhanced weathering with croplands.