Tom was born in North York Ontario, and completed a BSc in Physics at York University (1994). He went on to complete his PhD in physics under Allan Carswell in 1999, also at York, before taking up a Research Scientist position at MIT (1999). Tom has been a professor in the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science at Dalhousie since 2002, and, in addition to founding the Atmospheric and Optics Laboratory, co-founded the Canadian Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Change CANDAC. Tom is currently engaged in aspects of the design and operation of the Phoenix LIDAR.
Cameron was born in Edmonton Alberta, and completed an honours BSc in chemistry in 1998 (Dalhousie). He then went on to graduate work in the field of Molecular Spectroscopy under John Coxon, graduating in 2003 with a PhD (Dalhousie). Currently he is working on modeling of Lidar signals for the Phoenix Lander, as well as methods to reduce the amount of ambient noise in the signal. Cameron also participates in Phoenix's Archive Working Group (PAWG), which will store all data collected from the mission on the Planetary Data System.
Matt was born in Port aux Basques Newfoundland, and recently completed a BSc in physics (Dalhousie, 2004). Matt's contribution to the Phoenix Lidar has been through the application of the Klett technique to Mars' dusty atmosphere, which may provide additional information for the Phoenix Science Team on the scattering characteristics of Martian dust.