Hynes Named Chair of Marine & Atmospheric Chemistry for Rosenstiel School

Tony Hynes

Virginia Key, Fla. — The University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science announced that Dr. Anthony Hynes has been elected chair of the Division of Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry (MAC).  Hynes, who has been with the school for 17 years, is a professor, author and mentor.

The MAC division carries out research on the chemistry of the atmosphere and marine and ground waters, evaluating processes within and between those spheres.  Much of the work is directed at understanding the impact of man’s activities on the earth/ocean system, particularly as it relates to global change.

Hynes’ research at the Rosenstiel School centers on the kinetics and mechanisms of reactions that are important in atmospheric chemistry. Studies of the hydroxyl radical (OH), arguably the most important free radical in the troposphere, have been the focus of much of this work. He is recognized as an expert in studies of OH reactions with reduced sulfides, particularly dimethylsulfide.  Over the last decade, Hynes has developed an extensive research program on the atmospheric chemistry of mercury.  This includes both kinetic and mechanistic laboratory studies and the development of laser-based techniques for the ultra sensitive detection of elemental and oxidized mercury species. He recently received a Major Research Instrumentation award from the National Science Foundation to develop a laser-based mercury sensor. Hynes has co-authored 45 refereed publications and written three book chapters.

Hynes earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Leeds, U.K., in 1975.  He went on to complete his Master’s degree in Combustion and Energy Studies, and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Leeds, as well.

He regularly involves himself in K-12 outreach programs by hosting school visits in his laboratory.  He has also mentored high school students at MAST Academy, a local science magnet school.  The Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition recognized Hynes as an “Outstanding Mentor” for his work with Brandi Cossairt, a MAST student who is now a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

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