Paul J. Kushner has been at the Department of Physics at the University of Toronto since 2004, where he served as Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies from 2012-2015. He is the principal investigator of the Canadian Sea Ice and Snow Evolution Network (CanSISE, www.cansise.ca), a research network studying snow, sea ice and related climate processes in the Arctic and the Western Cordillera region of Canada. He is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee for the Community Earth System Model of the National Centre for Atmospheric Research, and has served as an editor of the Journal of Climate of the American Meteorological Society. Before joining the faculty at the University of Toronto, he was a research scientist in the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration in Princeton NJ, and a lecturer in the Dept. of Geosciences at Princeton University.
Kushner's research group uses computer models and techniques of theoretical physics to learn about the atmosphere's circulation and how it will respond to climate change. The group's current research projects focus on climate variability from interannual to multidecadal scales, on what controls the jet streams, on Arctic and high latitude processes (including how snowfall and atmospheric circulation are linked together), and on how the stratosphere (the atmosphere above 10 km) is linked to the troposphere (the atmosphere below 10 km).
+ B.Sc. '90, M.Sc. '91 and Ph.D. '95 from Dept. of Physics, U. of Toronto.
- Current Position (since 2004):
+ Professor, Dept. of Physics (Atmospheric Physics), U. of Toronto.
- Research group: 2 postdoctoral fellows, 4 graduate students, 1-3 undergraduate students.
+ Member, University of Toronto Centre for Global Change Science.
- Current Responsibilities
+ Member, Scientific Steering Committee, NCAR CESM
- Past Positions:
+ 2012-2014: Associate Chair (undergraduate studies), Dept. of Physics, U. of Toronto
+ 2012: Organizer, BIRS Workshop on Frontiers of Detection and Attribution of Climate Change
+ 2010-2011: ASP Faculty Fellow, NCAR (sabbatical appointment)
+ 1998-2003: Research Scientist, NOAA/GFDL, Princeton NJ.
+ 2001-2003: Lecturer, AOS/Geosciences, Princeton U.
+ 1995-1998: Visiting Scientist, AOS/Geosciences, Princeton U.
- Past Responsibilities:
+ 2009-2012: Coordinator of U of Toronto Centre for Global Change Science Lectures
+ 2009-2012: Member, NSERC Discovery Grant ESG1506 (geosciences)
- + 2008-2010: Chair, Welsh Lecture Committee, Department of Physics, University of Toronto
+ 2009: Co-convenor of Symposium on Interannual-Decadal Predicatbility, MOCA-09
+ 2006-2009: Coordinator of the SPARC DynVar Project.
+ 2004-2009: An editor of the American Met. Society's Journal of Climate.
+ 2008: Organizing Cttee, KITP "Physics of Climate Change" Frontiers Conference.
+ 2006-2008: Chair of Physics Colloquium Series, U. of Toronto.
- + 2005-2006: Chair of Scientific Organizing Committee, 2006 CMOS Congress.
+ 2001-2003: Co-leader, GFDL Global Atmospheric Model Development Team.