Principal Investigator: Paul Kushner

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I study many aspects of atmospheric dynamics, atmospheric circulation, and climate change. I lead the Canadian Sea Ice and Snow Evolution Network (CanSISE.ca), which studies sea ice and snow processes and their connection to climate.

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Contact me to learn more about research opportunities in my group.

Students

  • Melanie Cooke (Ph.D.): how atmospheric variability influences temperature structure and mixing in Arctic lakes.
  • Robert Fajber (Ph.D.): how the Arctic atmosphere and midlatitude surface are linked by the moist atmospheric circulation.
  • Euan Joly-Smith (undergraduate student): how planetary waves and weather systems are affected by sea ice loss in the coupled climate system.
  • Edward (“Charlie”) White (M.Sc.): how atmospheric variability influences midlatitude pollution and chemical composition. (I am Charlie’s cosupervisor, his main supervisor is Prof. Dylan Jones here in U of T Physics.)

Postdoctoral fellow

  • Kelly McCusker (U Victoria): how the atmosphere responds to sea ice loss in the coupled climate system. (I am Kelly’s co-supervisor, her main supervisor is Dr. John Fyfe at Environment and Climate Change Canada in Victoria.)

Current collaborators and our projects

  • John Fyfe (Research scientist at ECCC in Victoria): how the atmosphere responds to sea ice loss in the coupled climate system.
  • Dylan Jones (Professor at the University of Toronto): how atmospheric variability influences midlatitude pollution and chemical composition.
  • Frédéric Laliberté (former postdoctoral fellow, now at ECCC/U of T): how the Arctic atmosphere and midlatitude surface are linked by the moist atmospheric circulation, and the state and fate of Arctic sea ice in models and observations.
  • Sally MacIntyre (Professor at UC Santa Barbara): how atmospheric variability influences temperature structure, mixing, and gas exchange in Arctic lakes.
  • Lawrence Mudryk (former postdoctoral fellow and research associate, now at ECCC): how consistent are recent snow records and what do they tell us about current and future snow cover?
  • Neil Tandon (former postdoctoral fellow and research associate, now at ECCC): how sea ice drift and transport processes are represented in climate models.

Kushner group alumni

  • Russell Blackport (former Ph.D. student, now at U. Exeter, UK): how the atmosphere responds to sea ice loss in the coupled climate system.
  • Ben Cash (former co-supervised PDF at NOAA/GFDL, now Research Scientist at COLA) 
  • Chris Fletcher (former PDF at U. Toronto, now Associate Prof. and SHARCNET Research Chair at U. Waterloo)
  • Holly Han (former undergraduate research student, now Ph.D. student at McGill University)
  • Steven Hardiman (former PDF at U. Toronto, now Research Scientist at the UKMO)
  • Kyuho Lee (former undergraduate research student, now graduate student in Department of Physics at Stanford University)
  • Chengyun Li (former undergraduate research student, now graduate student at the University of Toronto, Mississauga)
  • Holly Maness (former PDF at U. Toronto, now PDF at UC Berkeley)
  • Jeremy McGibbon (former undergraduate research student, now Ph.D. student at U. Washington)
  • Yara Mohajerani (former undergraduate research student, now Ph.D. student at UC Irvine).
  • Thomas Reichler (former PDF at NOAA/GFDL, now Associate Prof, at U. Utah)
  • Michael Sigmond (former PDF at U. Toronto, now Research Scientist at Environment Canada)
  • Karen Smith (former Ph.D. student, now PDF at Columbia U./LDEO)
  • Dmitry Vyushin (former Ph.D. student, now Senior Manager in Operational Risk at BMO)
  • Lei Wang (former Ph.D. student, now PDF at Columbia U./LDEO)
  • Oliver Watt-Meyer (former Ph.D. student, now NOAA Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at U. Washington): how planetary waves interact with the polar vortex and what it means for weather systems.
  • Xuesong Zhang (former M.Sc. student, now Ph.D. student in Prof. Dylan Jones group here in U of T Physics)
Paul in his office at the University of Toronto.

Paul in his office at the University of Toronto.

 
Some of the CanSISE folks at the University of Toronto

Some of the CanSISE folks at the University of Toronto