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Dr. Aldona Wiacek

St. Mary's University
Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Department of Astronomy & Physics
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dr. Wiacek is cross-appointed in the Departments of Environmental Science as well as Astronomy & Physics.  She is interested in remote sensing of atmospheric trace gases involved in air pollution and climate and also in the climate effects of aerosol (suspended particles) through cloud interactions. Her research includes the development of ground- and satellite-based remote sensing instrumentation and data analysis techniques (retrieval algorithms and inverse theory). She is currently establishing the Tropospheric Remote Sensing Laboratory (TRSL) to characterize atmospheric composition in the planetary boundary layer at SMU and in the field, with the end goal of improving the understanding and prediction of atmospheric processes.


Dr. Wiacek helped establish the Toronto Atmospheric Observatory as part of her Ph.D. studies at the University of Toronto. She then researched aerosol-cloud interactions as a prestigious Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute (ETH) in Zürich. Finally, she held the position of Research Associate (remote sensing of aerosols) at Dalhousie University before joining SMU in 2013.


At SMU, she has developed and taught “Climate Change” and “Physical Processes in the Environment”, as well as “Environmental Science: Populations & Ecosystems”, “Environmental Science: Energy, Resources & Pollution”.