Biography

Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Director of the Center for Environmental Sciences
Jack Fishman joined the faculty of Saint Louis University in 2011 where he is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Director of the Center for Environmental Sciences.

Prior to coming to SLU, he worked at the NASA Langley Research Center for 31 years, where his research focused on the area of tropospheric chemistry for more than three decades. In the early part of his career, which was spent at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO, he worked studied under and worked with Nobel Laureate Paul Crutzen where he developed photochemical models of the atmosphere. The results from these models led to the hypothesis that anthropogenic emissions significantly impacted the global tropospheric ozone budget, a premise that was later confirmed through analyses of in situ trace gas measurements. During his career at NASA, Dr. Fishman pioneered the use of satellite observations to provide a unique and eye-opening perspective of the extent of global pollution.  In 1992, he was the Mission Scientist for a multi-national NASA-led aircraft field campaign, TRACE-A (Transport and Atmospheric Chemistry near the Equator-Atlantic) that confirmed and provided an explanation for his satellite findings of extensive pollution from biomass burning in southern Africa and South America that circumnavigated the southern hemisphere.  Thirteen countries, seven aircraft and more than 300 scientists and support personnel participated in this 2-month field campaign.  He has authored or co-authored more than 110 citable works and has given numerous presentations at national and international conferences.  He has been a member of two NASA satellite science teams (TOMS, Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer; and OMI, Ozone Mapping Instrument); currently, he is a member of NASA’s Air Quality Applications Science Team (AQAST), and NASA’s next mission that will study atmospheric composition, TEMPO (Tropospheric Emissions: Measurement of Pollution), which is scheduled to be launched in 2019.  Since moving to St. Louis, Dr. Fishman has been appointed to the Air Quality Advisory Committee of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments. 

Dr. Fishman has also been a strong advocate of educating children, teachers, and the general public by developing learning materials for the GLOBE (Global Learning through Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program and by writing award-winning books for general audiences.  He is currently partnered with the Saint Louis Science Center and the Missouri Botanical Garden to develop the concept of the “Ozone Garden” Project, which serves as a visual demonstration of the impact of “global change” to the biosphere.  In August-September 2013, Dr. Fishman was established an ozonesonde launching facility in Forest Park as part of NASA’s SEACIONS (SouthEast American Intensive Ozonesonde Network Study) Campaign.