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Mark Gordon

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director, P.Eng




Mark Gordon is an Associate Professor at York University, Director of the Graduate Program in Earth and Space Science.

Mark Gordon studies the emission, deposition and transport of chemicals, pollutants, aerosols and particles to and from a variety of locations, including industrial facilities, road traffic, forests, arctic environments, and the atmospheres of other planets. Current studies include emissions and mixing of pollutants from city and highway traffic; emissions from oil sands production facilities; and the interaction of pollutants with forest environments and mixing within the forest canopy.

Prior to joining York in 2014, Dr. Gordon worked for five years as a physical scientist and post-doctorate researcher in the Air Quality department of Environment Canada. Studies at Environment Canada included an airborne measurement campaign over the Alberta Oil Sands, a traffic-pollutant measurement study on Highway 400 and a study of aerosol and VOC emissions in a mixed forest at the Borden Forest Research Station. Dr. Gordon has also worked as a researcher at Trent University, studying wind-induced transport of sand particles, and at York University, studying blowing snow in the Arctic.

Research Lab:

Air Pollution Lab
Location: Petrie 433

Research Interests

  • Pollutant and Greenhouse Gas Emissions to the Atmosphere
  • Air Quality
  • Turbulent Processes

Selected Publications

  • S.J. Miller, M. Gordon, R.M. Staebler, P.A. Taylor (2019) A study of the spatial variation of vehicle induced turbulence on highways using measurements from a mobile platform. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 171(1), 1-29,
  • M. Gordon, P.A. Makar, R.M. Staebler, J. Zhang, A. Akingunola, W. Gong, S.-M. Li (2018) A Comparison of Plume Rise Algorithms to Stack Plume Measurements in the Athabasca Oil Sands. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18, 14695-14714,
  • S. Baray, A. Darlington, M. Gordon and others (2018) Quantification of Methane Sources in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region of Alberta by Aircraft Mass-Balance. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 18, 7361-7378,
  • S.-M. Li…, M. Gordon and others (2017) Differences between Measured and Reported Volatile Organic Compound Emissions from Oil Sands Facilities in Alberta, Canada. Publications of the National Academy of Science. 114 (19), E3756-E3765
  • J. Liggio, S.-M. Li, K. Hayden, Y.M. Taha, C. Stroud, A. Darlington, B.D. Drollette, M. Gordon, and others (2016) Oil sands operations are a major source of secondary organic aerosols. Nature. 534, 91-94
  • M. Gordon, S.-M. Li, R. Staebler, A. Darlington, K. Hayden, J. O’Brien, and M. Wolde (2015) Determining air pollutant emission rates based on mass balance using airborne measurement data over the Alberta oil sands operations. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques. 8: 3745-3765
  • M. Gordon, A. Vlasenko, R.M. Staebler, C. Stroud,, P.A. Makar, J. Liggio, S.-M. Li, and S. Brown (2014) Uptake and emission of VOCs near ground level below a mixed forest at Borden, Ontario, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 14, 9087-9097
  • M. Gordon, R.M. Staebler, J. Liggio, P. Makar, S.-M. Li, J. Wentzell, G. Lu, P. Lee, and J.R. Brook (2012) Measurements of enhanced turbulent mixing near highways, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 51(9), 1618-1632
  • M. Gordon, R.M. Staebler, J. Liggio, A. Vlasenko, S.-M. Li, and K. Hayden (2011) Aerosol flux measurements above a mixed forest at Borden, Ontario. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 11, 6773-6786
  • M. Gordon and C. McKenna-Neuman (2011) A study of particle splash on developing ripple forms for two bed materials. Geomorphology, 129, 70-91