Douw Steyn


B.Sc. University of Cape Town (Physics) 1967, B.Sc.(hons.) University of Cape Town (Physics & Applied Mathematics) 1968, M.Sc. University of Cape Town (Physics) 1970, Ph.D.  The University of British Columbia 1980, Post-doctoral Fellow at The University of British Columbia 1980-82, Faculty at the University of British Columbia 1982-present.  Study Leaves: Colorado State University, KNMI, ETH Zurich, University of Athens (1988-1989); CSIRO Canberra, NIES, Tsukuba (1996-1997); JRC Ispra (2002/2003); African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS),  Douw served UBC as Chair of Atmospheric Science (1994-1998), Director of Science One Program (1999-2002), Chair of Environmental Science Program (2008-), Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Interim Principal, College for Interdisciplinary Studies (2003-2006), Director of SCIE 113: First-Year Seminar in Science. He is a member of the UBC Institute of Applied Mathematics ( the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability ( and the Liu Institute for Global Issues ( He presently works with: Tainji Shi (PhD in Statistics, co-supervised with Will Welch), Niamh Chaparro (MSC in Atmospheric Science), Nadya Moisseeva (MSC in Atmospheric Science), Annie Seagram (MSc in Atmospheric Science), and Ben Weinstein (MSc in Atmospheric Science).  I am Co-PI in the FuturAgua Project www.futuragua.cawhere I collaborate with Tim McDaniels, Mark Johnson, and Kai Chan (UBC), Mitch Small, Iris Grossmann, and Gabrielle Wong-Parodi (CMU), Raffaele Vignola and Gregoire Leclerc (CATIE).  The project addresses Enhancing Adaptation and Resilience to Drought in Dry Tropical Socio-Ecological Systems: The Guanacaste, Costa Rica Example.