I grew up wanting to be a scientist.
I couldn’t be happier to be pursuing my doctorate at the University of Toronto Physics Department. I’m currently a member of Prof. Kim Strong’s experimental atmospheric physics group. I started out working for her after my education (B.Ed.) degree, conducting measurements and maintaining instruments at the Toronto Atmospheric Observatory on the roof of the U of T Physics building. I then became a graduate student and completed my M.Sc. in physics in 2012 (on water vapour measurement techniques in the High Arctic).
My Ph.D. work primarily revolves around measurements taken at the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) on Ellesmere Island, near Eureka, Nunavut. It’s a fascinating place to work, and makes important measurements for research into climate, ozone depletion, atmospheric dynamics, and air quality. I’ve also worked with several satellite datasets, including those from Canada’s Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE) mission.
I recently wrote a short article about my research for the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) Bulletin (Dec. 2016 issue). They included a set of my photos, including one on the cover!
I’ve posted a virtual tour of PEARL here.
I’ve uploaded a short video of an Arctic hare near Eureka, Nunavut here. They’re cute animals!
During my 2014 trip to PEARL, I wrote a series of articles for U of T News. They aim to give general readers an overview of the research done at PEARL, and what it is like to experience field work in one of the most remote areas of Canada. The first instalment can be found here.
From 2012 until 2015, I updated the website for the annual PEARL satellite validation measurement campaigns during February and March. There are some great photos posted.
If you want to get in touch with me regarding my research, I can be reached at:
dweaver (at) atmosp.physics.utoronto.ca
Details about my public outreach can be found here.