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. His group
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. They have
work in Antarctica, Spitsbergen, New Zealand, Sweden, Nepal, the Virgin
Islands, Alaska, Hawaii, and throughout the continental United States.
For more details, see Google
Scholar, on Academia.edu,
and ResearchGate. Beginning in 2016, Prof. Toohey's research
group will move into the new Sustainability, Energy,
and Environment Complex (SEEC) on East Campus.
Prof. Toohey is involved in various activities at CU and in the
scientific community. He currently serves as the faculty director of
the Sustainability and Social
Innovation Residential Academic Program (SSI RAP) located at William
Village North, the first LEED platinum residence hall at CU Boulder.
In 2011-2012, Prof. Toohey served as a Jefferson
Science Fellow at the U.S. Department of State in
the Bureau of East Asian and
Pacific Affairs, working on issues related to energy
green growth for APEC, issues that are featured in the President's
Action Plan. He attended
the 10th APEC Energy
Ministerial Meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, and organized a
workshop on Climate
Change Adaptation in Singapore. Since returning to CU, he helped
develop proposals for hosting a hub of the Future
Earth Secretariat in the United States and for linking
educators at CU working in the fields of sustainability and global
development. In Spring 2015 Prof. Toohey will be
moving to the SEEC complex where he will continue to consult with
colleagues at CU and CSU in the establishment
of the U.S.
global hub of the permanent Future Earth Secretariat.
Jefferson Science Fellows with Secretary Clinton
Jefferson Science Fellowship brochure
as a Jefferson Science Fellow
Climate Change and the Redistribution of Heat, Winds, Water, and Worries
(U.S. Center, Doha Climate Change
Conference, November 2012)
Watch: The Canary in the
Coal Mine: Why the Stratosphere is Still Relevant (U.S. Dept. of State, April 2012)
Future Earth News
and CSU to host the U.S. Hub of the Future Earth Secretariat
Read More about Colorado's role in this
from Colorado senators and respresentatives
Presentation on the Future Earth
In Fall 2015, Prof.
Toohey is teaching a new course in sustainability at the SSI Residential Academic Program,
where he also serves as director.