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About Gary A. Morris

Dr. Gary A. Morris' current research focuses primarily on urban air quality and secondarily on physics education research. In 2004, he founded the Tropospheric Ozone Pollution Project (TOPP) while at Rice University with funding from the Shell Center for Sustainability. Since that time, TOPP has received continuous funding from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) with additional funding from NASA, and its primary focus has been on locally produced and remotely transported ozone pollution in the greater Houston area. Over 350 ozonesondes have been launched from Houston as part of TOPP, resulting in the largest urban ozone profile data base in the USA. Data from TOPP have been the subject of more than a dozen peer-reviewed publications and more than two dozen conference presentations.
As a Fulbright Scholar (2008 - 2009), Dr. Morris spent two semesters in Japan examining the impact of transported pollution from China on air quality in Japan before, during, and after the Beijing Olympics (August 2008). One important outcome of this research was the development and publication of a technique to simultaneously and inexpensively measure ozone and sulphur dioxide (source include "dirty coal" burning and volcanic plumes) on a balloon payload.
As a side interest, Dr. Morris pursues research on the effectiveness of different teaching strategies in student learning of introductory physics concepts, and evaluation techniques for assessing that learning.
All of Dr. Morris' research projects provide meaningful roles for undergraduate researchers. At Valparaiso University alone, more than two dozen students have worked in his research group, most of whom have gone on to graduate work in atmospheric science or meteorology.


Present Adjunct Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Houston
Present Dean of Natural Sciences, Saint Edwards University
Present Professor of Physics, Saint Edwards University

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School of Natural Sciences
St. Edward's University
3001 South Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704


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