Prof. Toohey's research addresses the role of trace gases and aerosols on Earth's climate, atmospheric oxidation, and air quality. He develops instruments for fast-response in situ measurements from the ground, balloons, and aircraft. He has participated in numerous field campaigns to study topics such as stratospheric ozone depletion over the Arctic, the impact of rockets on stratospheric chemistry, long-range transport of pollutants, and the role of aerosols in modification of cloud properties. He has conducted work in Antarctica, Spitsbergen, New Zealand, Sweden, Nepal, the Virgin Islands, Alaska, Hawaii, and throughout the continental United States. Follow Prof. Toohey on Google Scholar, on, and on ResearchGate

During the 2011-2012 academic year, Prof. Toohey served as a Jefferson Science Fellow at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.  He worked on issues related to energy and green growth for APEC, attended the 10th APEC Energy Ministerial Meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, and organized an APEC Workshop on Climate Change Adaptation in Singapore.  Many of these issues are featured in the President's Climate Action Plan.  Since returning to CU, Prof. Toohey has helped to develop a proposal to ICSU for hosting a hub of the Future Earth Secretariat in the United States.

Photo: 2011 Jefferson Science Fellows with Secretary Clinton
Read: 2014 Jefferson Science Fellowship brochure
Read:  My Year as a Jefferson Science Fellow
Watch: Understanding Climate Change and the Redistribution of Heat, Winds, Water, and Worries
(U.S. Center, Doha Climate Change Conference, November 2012) 
The Canary in the Coal Mine: Why the Stratosphere is Still Relevant (U.S. Dept. of State,  April 2012)

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