Dr. Timothy Canty

Associate Research Professor

Director of Undergraduate and Professional Masters Progams
Undergraduate Studies Faculty Fellow

I am an associate research professor in the Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Science where I also serves as Director of the department’s undergraduate and professional master’s degree programs. I received his PhD in Physics from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 2002. Before coming to Maryland in 2007 I was a Caltech post-doctoral scholar at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a lecturer in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UCLA.

My research focuses on air quality science and policy, stratospheric ozone, and climate change. I use observations from satellites, balloons, aircraft and ground based instruments combined with various physical and chemical modeling platforms to improve the understanding of atmospheric composition. Since 2010, I have provided air quality modeling support and multi-platform data analysis to the Maryland Department of the Environment and other Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) states.

In 2018, I became an undergraduate studies faculty fellow participating in the Carillon Communities, a new living learning community initiative focused on a getting students involved in understanding a "big question" relavent to a variety of topics. This is a one-year program that helps students cultivate a sense of community and connections that make a large university feel smaller.


The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science is highly regarded, nationally recognized program that was ranked 5the overall by the National Resource Council. We are located near two federal labs, NASA Goddard and NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction as well as the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC), the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS-MD), and the Joint Global Climate Research Institute. This offers a unique opportunity for students to get involved in research projects early on in their career. In fact, the capstone of our program is a full year senior research project where our students work under the guidance of research advisors to develop the analytic and communication skills necessary for a variety of career paths. If you’re interested in learning more about our program click HERE or simply email me. We'd be happy to have you come visit and meet our faculty and students in person.

Contact Information


Phone : (301) 405-5360

Address : 3427 Atlantic Bldg, Univeristy of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742