Me and an SR-71 Blackbird

Prof. Thomas J. Duck
Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science,
Dalhousie University,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 3J5

Tel: (902)494-1456
Fax: (902)494-5191

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. My Research Home Page describes my work with lidar (laser radar) remote sensing and my interests in Arctic climate and air quality. Since August 2011 I have been raising public awareness about government cutbacks to Environment Canada -- especialy its renowned ozone program -- and to environmental monitoring programs in general. For more information, see my media interviews page.

My Ph.D. work in Physics was conducted at York University, and my adventures in the High Arctic as a graduate student are described in this Photographic Tour of Eureka. I have continued my Arctic work with the Canadian Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Change, with a new focus on climate and radiative transfer. I also operate an atmospheric observatory in the Dunn Building and was a Co-Investigator for the successful Phoenix Mars Scout mission in 2008.


I teach, or have taught, the following classes:

  • PHYC 1100Y/1290 - Introduction to Physics
  • PHYC 2050 - Computer Simulation in Science
  • PHYC 3250 - Computational Methods in Physics
  • PHYC/OCEA 4411/5411 - Atmospheric Dynamics I
  • PHYC/OCEA 4412/5412 - Atmospheric Dynamics II
  • PHYC 4500 - Atmospheric Physics I: Thermodynamics