In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Brian Toon of the University of Colorado Boulder reveals how a weaker sun could have supported early life on Earth.
Brian Toon is a professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research group studies radiative transfer, aerosol and cloud physics, atmospheric chemistry and parallels between the Earth and other planets. He has also helped conceive, develop and lead many NASA airborne field missions. He has published more than 300 papers and he holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University.