Robert Gamache

Robert Gamache, School of Marine Sciences, Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Robert Gamache, School of Marine Sciences, Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

318C Olney Science Center


Theoretical molecular spectroscopy with emphasis on the spectral line shape problem

Research Interest

The interaction of radiation with matter in the collision process, and chemistry and physics of planetary atmospheres with particular application to remote sensing. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on the theory of the line shape of the molecules in the Earth’s and planetary atmospheres.  Gamache teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Educational Background

Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, 1978, Chemical Physics Laboratory, UMass Amherst 
Research: "The Theory of Molecular Crystal Defects and Small Molecules Trapped in Matrices" 

M.S. Molecular Physics, 1976, UMass Amherst 
Research: "The Electronic Structure of Solids via the Hartree-Fock-Roothaan Method"

B.S. Chemistry, 1973, UMass Dartmouth  (Southeastern Massachusetts University)
Research: "Raman Studies of Nucleic Acids"


Robert R. Gamache is the Dean of the University of Massachusetts School of Marine Sciences and professor in the Department of Environmental, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at UMass Lowell. He has been actively involved with the University since 1978 as a researcher, teacher and administrator for the Center for Atmospheric Research. He also has a longstanding research relationship with universities in France, with 10 invited professorships since 1990. He spent his 2002 sabbatical leave as a CNRS research associate at the Laboratory of Molecular Photo-Physics at the University of Paris XI.

Aside from his 30-plus years as a faculty member, Gamache also began his educational experience at UMass, receiving his B.S. in Chemistry from UMass Dartmouth and his graduate degrees in Physics and Chemistry from the UMass Amherst. His areas of expertise and interest include the interaction of radiation with matter, the line shape problem, and chemistry and physics of atmospheres, particularly concentrating on application to remote sensing.

He has presented 186 papers at professional conferences and has published 112 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Gamache has also published over 40 scientific reports and has presented numerous invited lectures in the United States, East and West Europe, Russia, and Africa. He was the co-recipient of the 1998 Sir Harold Thompson Memorial Award, which is presented by Elsevier Science B.V. to the author(s) of the paper that makes the most significant contribution to spectroscopy.  Of the list of the ten most cited publications by UMass Lowell faculty compiled in 2011, he was a co-author on five of the 10, including the top three papers.

He is principal investigator for over $ 400,000 in federal grants, with over $3 million in external funding received to date.  His current work is in collaboration with the Aqua and Aura satellite programs of NASA’s Earth Observing System, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission, the Venus Express Mission and several satellite programs of EUMETSAT and CNES. Gamache is recognized as one of the leading researchers in his field.