SkyDay Curriculum Team
Curriculum Team Director
Dr. Anna Nesbitt
teaching ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN THE DEPARTMENT OF atmospheric SCIENCES AT the UNIVERSITY of Illinois
Anna is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois. She has designed 10 courses while at the University on topics including Earth Systems Modeling, Environmental Issues, Climate and Global Change, Environmental Consulting, Sustainability, Environmental Pollution, Meteorological Instrumentation, and more. She recently completed an online version of her Climate and Global Change course in collaboration with Prof. Don Wuebbles and the instructional team at CITL. Prior to joining the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Anna worked as a “green" chemist in the C-ACT group at Los Alamos National Labs evaluating methods for carbon capture and sequestration, used computational methods to investigate the interior mechanics of cells, and applied computational and spectroscopic techniques to examine the physical structures of complex biomolecules. Anna weaves all of these experiences in the classroom and laboratory into designing highly integrated, multi-disciplinary, hands-on curricula for curious people of all ages.
Professor of Atmospheric science at
Univ. Of Illinois and Lead author for the IPCC
Don is a Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Illinois where he has been since 1994. He was Head of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences from 1994 - 2006. Don is an expert in atmospheric physics and chemistry with over 500 scientific publications related to the Earth's climate, air quality and ozone layer. However his work goes well beyond that through providing analysis and development of metrics used in national and international policy and in developing analyses for understanding climate impacts on society and ecosystems, plus potential resilience and societal responses. He has co-authored a number of international and national scientific assessments, including those by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. You can find out more about Don's work here.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN THE DEPARTMENT OF EARTH AND PLANETARY SCIENCES AT NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
Dan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Northwestern University. He and his research group, the CCRG, use numerical models to study Earth’s climate system. He is particularly interested in extreme weather events, climate change, the impacts of climate change adaptation schemes, and Earth’s past climates (i.e., paleoclimates). Prior to Northwestern, Dan was a postdoctoral scholar in the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford, earned his PhD in geological sciences at the University of Michigan, and obtained bachelor degrees in atmospheric science from Texas A&M and physics from Tulane University. Between undergrad. and grad. stints he served five years in the US Air Force as a weather officer and operational meteorologist.
Dan is particularly interested in developing curriculum at the intersection of art and science, and has worked with his students to create Sky-relevant scientific explainers for Sky Day Project. You can find out more about Dan's work here