During a thirty-five-year career as a scientist with Environment Canada in Moncton and Sackville, Dr. Clair’s main research was aimed at understanding the effects of atmospheric pollution on freshwater and wetland ecosystems. This work included topics like acid rain, atmospheric mercury, reactive nitrogen and carbon cycling. He published over 140 research articles in refereed journals, book chapters, as well as technical reports for various national and international bodies over the years. He also led Canada-US research groups on mercury and acid rain pollution and was Environment Canada’s representative on the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Europe’s Working Group on Effects of Air Pollutants, as well as its Task Force on Reactive Nitrogen.
After retiring from Environment Canada, Tom also worked on an eighteen-month contract as Lead Scientist with the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association in Fort McMurray, Alberta, the agency responsible for atmospheric monitoring in the Alberta Oil Sands Region. He has since moved to Halifax and is an adjunct professor in Earth Sciences at Dalhousie University, working with a hydrology research group.
“None of this interesting work and life trajectory would have been possible without the O’Brien Foundation. I think very fondly of the people who made these opportunities available to me.” Tom Clair