Dr. Kevin Percy
Dr. Kevin Percy is the Executive Director of the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA). In that capacity he reports to the Governance Committee of the WBEA Board and is accountable to the Board. His primary functions are to assist the Board and Governance Committee to fulfill their functions, and to direct the organization so that the Board's policies are followed. Kevin is also Acting Lead Scientist for WBEA.
Education and Experience
Dr. Percy’s 40 years of experience in research and monitoring in the fields of air pollution and climate change has informed WBEA’s current monitoring designs and practices. Prior to joining WBEA as Lead Scientist in 2009, Dr. Percy was Senior Scientist-Global Change with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Canadian Forest Service. He holds a PhD from the University of Bristol, England, M.Sc. and B.Sc.F. degrees from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, N.B., Canada.
Until May 2009, Dr. Percy served as a Principal Investigator and Steering Committee member of the world’s largest greenhouse gas-forest experiment. The Aspen FACE (Free Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment) User Facility was located in Rhinelander, Wisconsin (http://aspenface.mtu.edu/). The Aspen FACE experiment was primarily supported by the US Department of Energy, Program for Ecosystem Research and comprised over 100 scientists from 9 countries. On April 7, 2009 Scientific American featured Aspen FACE as one of "Ten Important Atmospheric Science Experiments." (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=10-climate-experiments
Dr. Percy’s research career focused on developing alternative approaches for analysis of air quality-plant response relationships. This work has resulted in standards-based, exposure-response functions for application within an ambient air quality management context. Dr. Percy is the author of numerous scientific publications in leading journals and books. Among these are retrospective, as well as forward-looking “state of science” analyses at global and national scales.
Throughout his career, Dr. Percy published with scientists in Canada and over 20 countries. Since he joined WBEA in 2009, many of these previous scientific collaborations have provided expertise to WBEA and presented forward-looking solutions and innovations to WBEA’s scientifically enhanced monitoring work.
· Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on The Potential for New and Emerging Technologies to Reduce the Environmental Impacts of Oil Sands Development.
· Invited expert and presenter to the U.S. Congress-mandated USDA-Agriculture Air Quality Task Force.
· Seconded (from NRCan) Science Advisor, Wood Buffalo Environmental Association, Fort McMurray, Alberta. (2008)
· Reviewer, Environment Canada 2008 Smog Science Assessment.
· Expert Panel on Adaptation of Forests to Climate Change; International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO; http://www.iufro.org
· Expert reviewer for Canada on the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment, Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability).
· Coordinator, IUFRO Task Force on the Role of Forests in Carbon Cycles, Sequestration and Storage.
· Federal Co-chair, Vegetation Objective Working Group, Canadian NOx/VOC Multi-stake-holder Science Process.
· Co-leader Forest Condition and Ecosystem Productivity Criterion, Scientific /Technical Committee, Canadian Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Development, Canadian Council of Forestry Ministers (CCFM).
· Natural Resources Canada Departmental Achievement Award for Excellence in Science “Demonstrating exceptional scientific achievements in research and the management of Canada’s natural resources” Ottawa, Ontario, June 19, 2009.
· Aspen FACE Pioneer Award “In recognition of his pioneering vision in planning and conducting the Aspen FACE Project” Presented April 3, 2008 at Facing the Future: Joint Aspen FACE, SoyFACE and SFB (Germany) Meeting, Rhinelander, Wisconsin, USA
· Canadian Forest Service Merit Award for Exceptional Achievement. Fredericton, New Brunswick, 2008.
· International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Research Group 7.04 Impacts of Air Pollution on Forest Ecosystems presented “In recognition of long-term and untiring excellence in leadership and coordination of international research” Houghton, Michigan, USA, May 30, 2000.
· Award from Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment (CCME) for “Science Contribution to signing of the bilateral Canada-US Air Quality Accord” 1999.
· Award from Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) for “Contribution to design and implementation of Canadian Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Development” 1995.
Most Recent Presentations
On Behalf of WBEA
Percy, K.E., Dann, T. 2015. Recent trends in VOC ambient air concentrations in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region. SETAC North America 36th Annual Meeting, November 1-5, 2015 Salt Lake City, UT, USA. (Poster presentation http://www.setac.org/).
Percy, K.E., Legge, A.H., Maynard, D.G. 2015. Assessing forest health in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region of Alberta. SETAC North America 36th Annual Meeting, November 1-5, 2015 Salt Lake City, UT, USA.(Platform presentation http://www.setac.org/).
Studabaker, W., Percy, K., Puckett, K., Landis, M. 2015. Measurement of polyclcylic aromatic compounds in epiphytic lichens by GCMS and GC-TOF-MS for receptor modeling in the Alberta Oil Sands Region. SETAC North America 36th Annual Meeting, November 1-5, 2015 Salt Lake City, UT, USA. http://www.setac.org/).
Percy, K.E. 2015. Environmental monitoring in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region: Integration of air and land measurements for decision making. Keynote presentation at EnviroAnalysis, Banff, July 13-15.
Kevin Percy 2014. Briefing on WBEA Monitoring Activities in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region. Presentation to the EU Energy Study Mission Delegation, October 1, WBEA Fort McMurray, AB.
Percy 2014. The Wood Buffalo Environmental Association: Monitoring in a
Multi-stakeholder Setting. Internal presentation to the Tuck Business School Dartmouth College, May 10, WBEA Fort McMurray, AB.
Kevin Percy and Tom Dann. 2014. Ambient Air Quality in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region, Alberta, Canada. Keynote presentation to the 97th Canadian Chemistry Conference and exhibition, June 1-5, Vancouver, BC.
Kevin E. Percy. 2013. Requirements for Future Forest Monitoring: A Case Study from the Oil Sands Region, Alberta, Canada. Keynote presentation to the 2nd UNECE ICP Forests Scientific Conference – ICP Forests Today’s Evaluations and Future Monitoring, May 28-29, Belgrade, Serbia.
Kevin Percy 2013. The Wood Buffalo Environmental Association: Monitoring in a Multi-stakeholder, Consensus-Based Setting. Presentation to the AWMA CPANS “Air Quality in Saskatchewan”, January 17, Saskatoon, SK.
Kevin Percy and Tom Dann 2014. Ambient Air Quality in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region. Invited presentation to the Occupational and Environmental Medical Association of Canada 32nd Annual Scientific Conference, September 28-30, Edmonton, AB.
Kevin Percy 2014. The Athabasca Oil Sands Region: Energy, Industry and the Environment. Invited presentation to the World Presidents Organization – Ontario Chapter, KPMG, April 30, Toronto, ON.
Wang, X., Chow, J.C., Kohl, S.D., Percy, K.E., Legge, A.H., Watson, J.G. 2015. Real-World Emission Factors for the Caterpillar 797B during Mining Operations. Particuology: published on line http://www.sciencedirect.com
Wang, X., Chow, J.C., Kohl, S.D., Percy, K.E., Legge, A.H., Watson, J.G. 2015 Characterization of PM2.5 and PM10 Fugitive Dust Source Profiles in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region. Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association 65: 1421-1433.
Hsu, Y.-M., Wang, X., Chow, J.C., Watson, J.G., Percy K.E. 2015. Collocated comparisons between the continuous and filter-based PM2.5 measurements at Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association: In Press.
Lynam, M., Dvonch, J.T., Barres, J.A., Morishita, M., Legge, A.H., Percy, K.E. 2015. Oil Sands Development and its Impact on Atmospheric Wet Deposition of Air Pollutants. Environmental Pollution 206: 469-478.
Wang, X., Chow, J.C., Kohl, S.D., Narasimha, L., Yatavelli, R., Percy, K.E., Legge, A.H., Watson, J.G. 2015. Wind Erosion Potential for Fugitive Dust Sources in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region. Aeolian Research 18: 121-134.
Percy, K.E. 2013. Ambient air quality and linkage to ecosystems in the Athabasca Oil Sands, Alberta. Miall, A.D. (Ed.) Geoscience Canada Special Issue: Environmental Management of the Alberta Oil Sands. Geoscience Canada 40: 182-201.
Landry, J.-S., Neilson, E.T., Kurz, W.A., Percy, K.E. 2013. The impact of tropospheric ozone on landscape-level merchantable biomass and ecosystem carbon in Canadian Forests. European Journal of Forest Research 132: 71-81.
Tkacz, B., Riiters, K., Percy, K.E. 2013. Forest monitoring methods in the US and Canada-an overview. pp. 49-73 in Ferretti. M, Fischer, R. (Eds.) Forest Monitoring Terrestrial Methods in Europe With Outlook to North America and Asia. Elsevier Developments in Environmental Sciences Series, Oxford, UK.
K.E. Percy (Ed.). 2012. Alberta Oil Sands: Energy, Industry and the Environment. Volume 11, Elsevier Developments in Environmental Science Series, Oxford, U.K.
Percy, K.E., Hansen, M.C., Dann, T. 2012. Air quality in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region 2011. pp. 47-91 in K. E. Percy (Ed.) Alberta Oil Sands: Energy, Industry and the Environment. Elsevier Developments in Environmental Science Series, Vol. 11, Oxford, UK.
Percy, K.E., Maynard, D., Legge, A.H. 2012 Applying the forest health approach to monitoring boreal ecosystems in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region. pp. 193-217 in: K. E. Percy (Ed.) Alberta Oil Sands: Energy, Industry and the Environment. Elsevier Developments in Environmental Science Series, Vol. 11, Oxford, UK.
Landis, M., Pancras, J.P., Graney, J., Stevens, R.K., Percy, K.E., Krupa, S. 2012. Receptor modeling of epiphytic lichens to elucidate the sources and spatial distribution of inorganic air pollution in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region. pp. 427-467 in: K. E. Percy (Ed.) Alberta Oil Sands: Energy, Industry and the Environment. Elsevier Developments in Environmental Science Series, Vol. 11, Oxford, UK.
Clair, T.A., Burns, D., Perez, I.R., Blais, J., Percy, K. 2011. Ecosystems. pp. 139-230 in G.M. Hidy, J.R. Brook, K.L. Demerjian, L.T. Molina, W.T. Pennell, R.D. Scheffe (Eds.) Technical Challenges of Multi-pollutant Air Quality Control Management. Springer Science and Business Media, New York.
Matyssek, R., Karnosky, D.F. Wieser, G., Percy, K.E., Oksanen, E., Grams, T.E.E., Kubiske, M., Hanke, D., Pretzsch, H. 2010. Advances in understanding ozone impact on forest trees: Messages from novel phytotron and free-air fumigation studies. Environmental Pollution 158: 1900-2006
Calfapietra, C. et al. 2010. Challenges in elevated CO2 experiments on forests. Trends in Plant Science 15: 5-10.
Taylor, G., Tallis, M.J., Giardina, C.P., Percy, K.E., Miglietta, F., Gupta, P.S., Gioli, B., Calfapietra, C., Gielen, B., Kubiske, M.E., Scarascia-Mugnozza, G.E., Kets, K., Long, S.P., and Karnosky, D.F. 2008. Future atmospheric CO2 leads to delayed autumnal senescence. Global Change Biology 14: 264-275.
Percy, K.E., Nosal, M., Heilman, W., Dann, T., Karnosky, D.F. 2009. Standards-based ozone exposure-response functions that predict forest growth. pp. 269-293 in A. H. Legge (Ed.) Relating Atmospheric Source Apportionment to Vegetation Effects: Establishing Cause and Effect Relationships. Elsevier Environmental Science Series Vol. 9, Oxford, U.K.
K.E. Percy, M. Nosal, W. Heilman, T. Dann, J. Sober, A. H. Legge, D.F. Karnosky 2007. New exposure-based metric approach for evaluating O3 risk to North American aspen forests. Environmental Pollution 147: 554-566.
Karnosky, D.F., Skelly, J.M., Percy, K.E., Chappelka, A.H. 2007. Perspectives regarding 50 years of research on effects of tropospheric ozone air pollution on U.S. forests. Environmental Pollution 147: 489-506.
Percy, K.E., Karnosky, D.F. 2007. Air quality in natural areas: Interface between the public, science and regulation. Environmental Pollution 149: 256-267.
Karnosky, D.F., Pregitzer, K.S., Zak, D.R., Kubiske, M.E., Hendrey, G.R., Weinstein, D. and Nosal, M. and Percy, K.E. 2005. Scaling ozone responses of forest trees to the ecosystem level in a changing climate. Plant Cell and Environment 28: 965-981.
Percy, K.E. and Ferretti, M. 2004. Air pollution and forest health: Towards new monitoring concepts. Environmental Pollution 130: 113-126.