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Kimberly Strong

Vice-Chair
Professor and Chair, Department of Physics
University of Toronto

Kimberly Strong has been a Physics Professor at the University of Toronto since 1996. She is Chair of the Department of Physics and was Director of the School of the Environment from 2013-2018. She is serving as the President of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society for 2019-2020, and has served on numerous committees.  

She has a B.Sc. from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, and held postdoctoral appointments at the University of Cambridge and York University.  Her expertise is in atmospheric remote sounding using ground-based, balloon-borne, and satellite instruments for studies of ozone chemistry, climate, and air quality. Her research interests include urban, Arctic, and planetary atmospheric science, long-term measurements of stratospheric and tropospheric trace gases, satellite validation, and laboratory spectroscopy, and she has more than 160 refereed papers on these topics. 

Prof. Strong is the Co-Principal Investigator and Composition Measurements Theme Leader for the NSERC-funded Probing the Atmosphere of the High Arctic project, which runs the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) at Eureka, Nunavut. She is also the founder of the University of Toronto Atmospheric Observatory and Co-I on the ACE and Odin satellite missions, and was Director of the NSERC CREATE Training Program in Arctic Atmospheric Science. She has a long history of working with Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Canadian Space Agency, and has played a leading role in engaging Canada in the international Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change and the Total Carbon Column Observing Network. Kimberly joined the Board of Directors of the SNOLAB Institute in July 2019, and became Vice-chair in May 2020.