Science Cafe: “African Dust, Shanghai Smog, Georgia-Florida Wild Fires: an Environmental Tale of Three Continents”

In this Science Café talk, on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m., Song Gao, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Stetson University, will discuss his research of the characteristics and mechanisms of pollution in the atmosphere and hydrosphere.  He will illustrate, using field observations and satellite images, the atmospheric transport and chemical transformation of particulate matter in Asia, Africa, North America.

“The cross-boundary nature of environmental pollution,” explains Gao, “requires a globally coordinated approach to remediation.” His talk will also address some of the latest science-based policy advancements in mitigating climate change.

Dr. Gao joined the chemistry faculty at Stetson in Fall 2016, after serving on the faculty at Nova Southeastern University and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Washington and completed postdoctoral research on atmospheric chemistry at California Institute of Technology. His research and teaching interests include atmospheric chemistry mechanisms, megacity air pollution, and science-based climate mitigation. He has published dozens of peer-reviewed papers in international journals, and served on several review panels at the National Science Foundation. He was a co-recipient of the Alan Berman Research Publications Award from the Naval Research Laboratory.  He enjoys music (Bach and Mendelssohn, in particular), hiking and spending time with family.

The Gillespie Museum’s Science Café promotes scientific literacy by encouraging relaxed, open conversations among scientists and nonscientists of all ages.  Additional spring café talks include Camille King, “To Sleep Perchance to Remember” (March 25), and Sarah Garcia, Cindy Bennington, and Peter May, “The Pollinator Project at the Volusia Sandhill Landscape” (April 20).

These events are free and open to the public, and offer cultural credit for Stetson undergraduates. The museum is located at 234 E. Michigan Ave, DeLand. For more information about this and other science programming, visit the museum’s website ( or call or e-mail (386.822.7330;