Lawrence A. Mysak - Curriculum Vitae#

Long CV and list of publications(info) (January 2017)

  • 1957-61: BSc (hons.) in Applied Math. and Assoc. Mus. (flute performance), University of Alberta
  • 1962-63: MSc in Mathematics, Adelaide University, Australia
  • 1963-66: AM (1964) and PhD (1967) in Applied Math., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Academic Positions
  • 1966 - 1967 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard University
  • 1967 - 1970 Assistant Professor, Mathematics, UBC, Vancouver
  • 1970 - 1976 Associate Professor, Mathematics and Oceanography, UBC; Founding Member, Institute of Applied Math. and Statistics, UBC
  • 1976 - 1986 Professor of Mathematics and Oceanography, UBC
  • 1986 - 1996 AES/NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Climate Studies, McGill University, Montreal
  • 1989 - 2010 Canada Steamship Lines Professor of Meteorology, McGill University
  • 1990 - 1996 Founding Director, Centre for Climate and Global Change Research (now GEC3), McGill University
  • 1997 - 2014 Member, Global Environmental and Climate Change Centre (GEC3), McGill University
  • 2004 - 2007 Graduate Program Director, Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, McGill University
  • 2010 Canada Steamship Lines Emeritus Professor of Meteorology, McGill University

Visiting Positions
  • 1968 (summer): Visiting Res. Assoc., Oregon State Univ., Corvallis
  • 1971-72: Senior Visitor, Dept. Applied Math. & Theoretical Physics, Univ. of Cambridge, UK
  • 1976 (fall): Visiting Scientist, Inst. of Ocean Sciences, Sidney, BC
  • 1977: Visiting Scientist, Nat. Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
  • 1981 (summer): Visiting Professor, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  • 1982-83: Visiting Professor, Limnology Group, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1995 (spring): "George Lemaitre" Visiting Professor, Cath. Univ. of Louvain, LLN, Belgium
  • 2000-01: Visiting Professor, Inst. for Climate Research, ETH, Zurich
  • 2001: Visiting Scientist, Nat. Inst. of Geophysics and Volcanology, Bologna, Italy
  • 2007 (fall): Visiting Professor, Inst. for Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, ETH, Zurich
  • 2008 (spring): Visiting Professor, International Meteorological Inst., Stockholm University, Sweden

  • 1986: Fellow, Royal Society of Canada (RSC)
  • 1993-96: President, Academy of Sciences, the largest of the three academies in the RSC
  • 1995: Honorary Professor, Univ. of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Ukraine
  • 1996: Member, Order of Canada
  • 1999: Inaugural Fellow, Can. Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS)
  • 2000: Fellow, American Meteorological Society
  • 2000: Fellow, American Geophysical Union
  • 2000: Foreign Member, Academia Europaea
  • 2002 (spring): RSC-NAS Ukraine Exchange Lecturer in Kyiv, Sevastopol and Lviv
  • 2004 (Jan.): Sverdrup Lecturer, 2004 AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR
  • 2005 (May): Invited to serve as "Opponent" for PhD defense at Stockholm University
  • 2005 (June 1-2): CMOS 39th Annual Congress (Vancouver/Richmond, BC) organized the "Lawrence Mysak Session on Ocean and Climate Dynamics", in honor of the year of his 65th birthday
  • 2007 (July): Elected President of International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans (IAPSO), an oceanographic partner of IUGG (International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics)
  • 2009 (Oct.): Priestly Lecturer, CSIRO Aspendale (Melbourne), Australia
  • 2010 (June 1-2): The CMOS 44th Annual Congress (Ottawa) organized the “Lawrence Mysak Session on Ocean and Climate Dynamics”, in honor of his retirement from McGill Univ.
  • 2012: Publication of Atmosphere-Ocean 50-2 Special Issue, “Ocean and Climate Dynamics”, a Tribute to Professor Lawrence A. Mysak, in honour of his retirement from McGill University on May 31, 2010. This issue was edited by former PhD student Prof. William Hsieh and contains eight research papers written by former students and colleagues of Lawrence Mysak
  • 2015: Inaugural Fellow, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG)

  • 1962: Rotary Fellowship for International Understanding, held at Adelaide Univ., Australia
  • 1981: CMOS President's Prize (co-recipient) for 1980
  • 1982 - 1983: UBC Killam Memorial Senior Fellowship, held at ETH, Zurich
  • 1997 (spring): Japan Society for the Promotion of Science “Invitation Fellowship” for Research in Japan
  • 1998: Patterson Medal (meteorology) for 1997, Atmos. Envir. Service (AES), Env. Canada
  • 1998: JP Tully Medal (oceanography) for 1997, CMOS
  • 2000: McGill Univ. David Thomson Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision and Teaching
  • 2002: Golden Jubilee Medal for contributions to science, Can. Governors General
  • 2005: Prix Michel-Jurdant for 2005 (for Environmental Sciences), Acfas (QC)
  • 2006: Alfred Wegener Medal and Honorary Membership (for oceanography and climate), European Geosciences Union.
  • 2006: Prix Marie-Victorin (natural sciences), Government of Quebec. This is one of the 11 “Prix du Quebec” awarded annually in all areas of culture and the sciences
  • 2009: Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Alberta, Edmonton
  • 2010: Inaugural recipient of the “McGill Medal for Exceptional Academic Achievement” for a retiring faculty member
  • 2013: Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (for 2012) for contributions to science

National and International Appointments (selected)
  • 1981-89: Three NSERC grant selection committees
  • 1988-98: Canadian Climate Program Board, Environment Canada
  • 1989-96: Canadian Global Change Board, RSC
  • 1990-92: Intergov. Oceanogr. Commission/SCOR Committee on Climatic Changes and the Ocean
  • 1992-02: Co-Chair, Fundraising Committee for RSC-NAS Ukraine exchanges
  • 1995-96: Founding Chair, Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)
  • 1997-01: Science Advisory Committee, International Arctic Res. Center, Alaska
  • 1998-00: Scientific Advisory Panel, Can. Climate Research Network; Chair 1999
  • 1999-04: CMOS Prizes and Awards Committee
  • 2000-03: Science and Technology Advisory Board, Envir. Canada
  • 2001-05: Earth Science and Technology Advisory Panel, NATO (Brussels)
  • 2001- : Editor-in-Chief (oceanography), Atmospheric and Oceanographic Library Series, Kluwer Academic Publishers (now under Springer), Dordrecht, The Netherlands
  • 2002-05: Grant Review Committee, Can. Foundation for Climate and Atmos. Sciences (CFCAS); Chair, 2004-2005
  • 2003-07: Vice-President, International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans (IAPSO), one of 7 sister organizations of IUGG
  • 2005-09: National Organizing Committee for Joint Assembly of IAMAS, IAPSO and IACS in Montreal, July 2009
  • 2004-08: Fellows Selection Committee for AGU (Washington, DC)
  • 2006- : Selection Committee for Alfred Wegener Medal and Honorary Membership, European Geosciences Union
  • 2007-11: President, IAPSO, one of now eight sister associations of IUGG
  • 2007-11: Executive Committee member, Scientific Committee for Oceanic Research (SCOR)
  • 2007-11: Executive Committee member, IUGG
  • 2008-14: Board of Trustees, Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS); since 2012: Canadian Climate Forum (CCF)
  • 2010-present: Steacie Prize (Canada) Selection Panel; Chair, 2013-present
  • 2010-present: AXA Research Fund (France) reviewer
  • 2011-2015: Past President, IAPSO
  • 2014-2015: Selection Committee for inaugural Gold Medal of IUGG, presented in Prague in 2015, at the 26th General Assembly of IUGG
  • 2015-present: Inaugural Subject Editor (Atmospheric and Climate Sciences) for FACETS, a multidisciplinary journal of Canadian Science Publishing, Ottawa (
  • 2016-2019: Chair, Past Presidents’ Council, Academy of Science, RSC

  • 1978: "Waves in the Ocean" (with PH LeBlond), 602 pp, Elsevier
  • 1966-present: 173 refereed journal articles + 28 book chapters and refereed papers in conference proceedings


1966- : Over 600 lectures, seminars, conference presentations (over 390 of these invited) in 29 countries

Courses taught
1990-2010: Climate Dynamics I and II (including paleoclimates); Ocean Circulation and Physics; Arctic Oceanography; Introduction to Oceanic Sciences; Earth System Science

Graduate Students, PDFs, Research Associates

1967-Present: Supervised or co-supervised 23 MSc and 24 PhD students, 33 PDFs and RAs; supported 18 sabbatical visitors at UBC and McGill. Twenty-three of my students and PDFs are now professors in 13 countries.

Recent Research Support
  • 2008 -14: NSERC Discovery Grant, $74 K/yr
  • 2001-06: CLIVAR Network Grant (J Derome, PI), $60 K/yr
  • 2002-05: Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences (CFCAS), $96 K/yr

Recent Research Activities and Interests
  • Project 1: Modelling the effects of chemical weathering in regulating atmospheric CO2 concentrations during glacial-interglacial cycles
  • Project 2: Model study of the global carbon cycle during the Holocene and late Pleistocene with an intermediate complexity climate model
  • Project 3: The evolution of North Atlantic Deep Water since the Last Glacial Maximum
  • Project 4: Model study of late Pleistocene megafauna-forest vegetation interactions in an Earth system climate model
  • Project 5: Impact of climate change and variability on the outdoor skating season in Canada, 1951-2005
  • Project 6: A carbon cycle box model study of the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) around 55 Myr ago
  • Project 7: The response of a low-order atmosphere-ocean-sea ice climate model to Milankovitch forcing
  • Project 8: Modelling the freshwater budget of the Arctic Ocean and exchanges with the North Atlantic: Present, past, and future

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