Daniel Kirk-Davidoff

Adjunct Associate Professor

Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science

University of Maryland, College Park


I grew up in Larchmont, and Brooklyn NY. My parents were urban planners who both had an interest in science, and I always pictured myself becoming a scientist, but wanted to do something useful. I got the idea to try atmospheric science from reading a great 1986 New Yorker magazine article about the discovery of the Antarctic Ozone Hole. I went college at Yale, and got my Ph.D in Meteorology working with Prof. Richard Lindzen at MIT. I was mostly doing climate work by then, but wound up post-doc'ing in Jim Anderson's group at Harvard. Anderson had made some of the key observations that proved that human made chlorofluorocarbons were responsible for the Ozone Hole. I worked on stratospheric water vapor there, a topic at the intersection of climate dynamics and stratospheric chemistry. I joined the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science here at UMD in 2002 as an Assistant Professor. In 2010, I left to become Chief Scientist for Weather and Climate Services at MDA Information Systems LLC, but I continue to work with folks here as an Adjunct Associate Professor.

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