I have worked at UBC since 1969, when I joined the Department of Soil Science as a biometeorologist. I received my Ph.D. degree that year from the University of Wisconsin. I was fortunate to work there as a graduate student in Dr. Champ Tanner’s agrometeorology/soil physics group. Champ stressed the importance of using first principles and the ability to design and build agrometeorological instrumentation. While I was there I worked on net radiometers, infrared thermometry, lysimetry, Bowen ratio apparatus and eddy correlation sensors. I also worked closely with Wilford Gardner on drainage and evaporation in bare soils. While at UBC the emphasis of my research has been the energy and water balance of forests. For many years I’ve also had an interest in plant water relations. More recently I have become extremely interested measuring forest–atmosphere CO2 exchange (even on a long-term basis which may be foolish) and in trying to understand the processes controlling the carbon balance of forests.
Project details available on the Biomet – Biometeorology & Soil Physics Group of UBC website.