Lynwill Martin, SAWS, South Africa
Dr Lynwill Martin is a senior researching scientist at the South African Weather Service’s Global Atmosphere Watch station at Cape Point. He has a MSc in Environmental-Analytical Chemistry from Stellenbosch University and a PhD in Electrochemistry from the University of the Western Cape where he graduated in 2013. His research centres on long-term monitoring of greenhouse gases and atmospheric pollutants, including mercury. His work combines atmospheric models and measurements with the overarching goal of increasing fundamental understanding of the impacts of human activity and natural processes on the atmosphere. Furthermore, he was assisting the South African Department of Environmental Affairs, as part of an advisory committee providing input into South Africa ratifying the Minamata Convention. Currently he is the project coordinator of the South African Mercury Network (SAMNet), that started in April 2020 which aim is to establish new monitoring stations throughout the country. He is a member of the UNEP Air Fate and Transport Partnership and the chairperson of the 15th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant, which will take place in Cape Town in July 2022.