Michael Cusack

Postdoctoral Fellows

Post-doctoral Fellow



Building 2 (Ibn Al Haytham) West, Level 2, Room 2246-WS14.


Michael Cusack’s research interests focus on environmental geochemistry, specifically on atmospheric sciences and air pollution. His research project in KAUST will focus on the positive and negative impacts of desert dust on Red Sea ecosystems and how desert dust inputs may influence biological activity in the nutrient-deficient Red Sea.  His previous research to date has investigated the physical and chemical processes which affect atmospheric aerosols, and the exposure levels of populations to atmospheric aerosols in modern microenvironments.

Research Interests

Atmospheric Science, Air Pollution, Aerosol Science

Selected Publications

  •   Variability of aerosols and chemical composition of PM10, PM2.5 and PM1 on a platform of the Prague underground metro, Cusack, M., Talbot, N., Ondracek, J., Minguillon, M.C., Martins, V., Klouda, K., Schwarz, J., Zdimal, V., Atmospheric Environment, Issue 118, 176-183, (2015)
  •   Case studies of new particle formation and evaporation processes in the western Mediterranean regional background, Cusack, M., Alastuey, A., Querol, X, Atmospheric Environment, Issue 81, 651-659, (2013)
  •   Source apportionment of fine PM and sub-mircron particle number concentrations at a regional background site in the western Mediterranean: a 2.5 year study, Cusack, M., Pérez, N., Pey, J., Alastuey, A., Querol, X.
    Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Issue 13, 5173-5187, (2013)
  •   Variability of submicrometer particle number size distributions in the Western Mediterranean regional background, Cusack, M., Pérez, N., Pey, J., Wiedensohler, A., Alastuey, A., Querol, X., Tellus B. Issue 65(1), 19243, (2013)
  •   Trends of Particulate Matter (PM2.5) and chemical composition at a regional background site in the Western Mediterranean over the last nine years (2002-2010), Cusack, M., Alastuey, A., Pérez, N., Pey, J., Querol, X.
    Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Issue 12, 8341-8357, (2012)


  • Ph.D., Environmental Science, IDAEA/UAB, Barcelona, Spain, 2013
  • M.Sc., Environmental Science, UAB, Barcelona, Spain, 2009
  • B.Sc., Forensic and Environmental Science, DIT, Dublin, Ireland, 2006

Professional Profile

  • 2016 - Present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2013 - 2015:  Postdoctoral fellow, ICPF, Prague, Czech Republic

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR)

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
  • Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)​​

Research Interests Keywords

Atmospheric Science Air Pollution Aerosol science