Dr. Eric Donovan
Some people have a strong signal that they follow unwaveringly through life. For others, the signal that will define their personal and professional life finds them unexpectedly, and in mysterious ways.
Although he initially focused on more theoretical and model-driven approaches to space physics, Eric's transformative moment came when he was asked in 1998 to examine data from Canada’s then only auroral camera being operated in Gillam, Manitoba. After spending an hour looking at aurora images collected by Leroy Cogger, he has since worked on almost nothing but the mysteries of the Northern Lights. His team now operates 40 auroral cameras across Canada (with another 20 planned), and are involved in US and European satellite missions as world leaders in observing the northern lights, using their data to answer questions about geospace – the outermost part of Earth’s environment.
An Associate Dean with the Faculty of Science at the University of Calgary, he retains a life-long interest in the quiet details of nature, is an avid photographer, and a joyful parent for his 12 year old son, Sean.