Dr. Jeffrey R. Brook

Senior Research Scientist - Air Quality Research
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Current research and/or projects

Studies of the sources, atmospheric behaviour and impacts of air pollutants across Canada

  • Leading mobile air quality research initiative with activities across Canada to better identify characteristics of smog, human exposure patterns and high impact source contributions
  • Studying the relationship between particulate mass, constituents and the role of transportation and other sources
  • Examining source-ambient relationships for local and distant sources in relation to human health effects
  • Controlled human exposure studies
  • Computation of pollutant dry deposition

Professional activities / interests

Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto, Department of Public Health Sciences and Chemical Engineering

Associate Editor for the Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association, Pittsburgh, PA, for over seven years

AllerGen National Centre of Excellence Research Management Committee

Internationally known as Canadian expert on urban air quality and expert on air quality-health linkages; Works internationally with U.S. and Mexican counterparts on air quality assessments and research; Involved in measurement and/or analysis of Air Quality in Mexico City, Malaysia, Beijing, eastern U.S. and the Arctic

Education and awards

Ph.D., M.Sc. - The University of Michigan

Diploma in Meteorology - McGill University

B.Sc. - Michigan State University

Key publications

Brook J.R., L. Graham, J.P. Charland et al. 2007. Investigation of the motor vehicle exhaust contribution to primary fine particle organic carbon in urban air. Atmos. Envir. 41:119-135.

Lu G., J.R. Brook, M.R. Alfarra et al. 2006. Identification and characterization of inland ship plumes over Vancouver, BC. Atmos. Envir. 40:2767-2782.

Brook J.R., K. Strawbridge, B.J. Snyder et al. 2004. Towards an understanding of the fine particle variations in the LFV: integration of chemical, physical and meteorological observations. Atmos. Envir. 38:5775-5788.

Lee P. K., J.R. Brook, E. Dabek-Zlotorzynska et al. 2003. Identification of the major sources contributing to PM2.5 observed in Toronto. Envir. Sci. Technol. 37:4831-4840.

Urch B., J.R. Brook, D. Wasserstein et al. 2004. Relative Contributions of PM2.5 chemical constituents to acute arterial vasoconstriction in humans. Inhal Tox. 16(6-7):345-352.

Brook J.R., R.D. Brook, B. Urch et al. 2002. Inhalation of fine particulate air pollution and ozone causes acute arterial vasoconstriction in healthy adults. Circulation. 105:1534-1536.


Air Health Effects Research Section, Health Canada

AllerGen National Centre of Excellence

Air & Waste Management Association