Texas Tech University

Texas Tech Scientist Available to Discuss Air-Quality Issues in Northeast

Doug Hensley

June 8, 2023

Karin Ardon-Dryer’s research has focused on various impacts of wind and weather.


Karin Ardon-Dryer, an assistant professor of atmospheric science in Texas Tech University's Department of Geosciences, has conducted research into the cause and impact of wind- and dust-related events on society. Earlier this year, she received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support this work. She is available to answer questions related to ongoing air-quality issues in the northeast part of the country that are a result of wildfires burning in Canada.


Karin Ardon-Dryer, assistant professor, (806) 834-5214 or karin.ardon-dryer@ttu.edu.

Talking points

  • Recent recipient of NSF grant to investigate dust events across the country over the past 20 years and build an accessible database.
  • Has been part of the Texas Tech faculty for six yearsand is a subject-matter expert on weather-related climate impacts.
  • Her primary research area at Texas Tech has focused on aerosols and dust events.


  • “We do not see such high-pollution events like this one (wildfire smoke) often on the East Coast, but they are more common in the west. In this case, smoke from fires in Canada are moving eastward due to weather pattern and have degraded the air quality to dangerous levels.”
  • “It is important for people to know if this happens where you are, to stay indoors as much as you can and put a mask on if you have to go outside.”