Research Associate, Department of Environmental Toxicology
University of California, Santa Cruz 95064
Recorded children's CD "Do As You Otter", 2008
Invited performer at World Ocean Day, Monterey Bay Aquarium, 2008
Played on children's stage at Strawberry Music Festival, spring 2008
Played on children's stage at Kate Wolf Festival, 2007, 2006.
Hebrew music specialist at Temple Beth El, Aptos, ongoing
Performed assemblies at 9 different Santa Cruz County elementary schools in 2007/2008.
Volunteer leader of children's songs at Westlake Elementary School, Santa Cruz, 2006/2007
SPECTRA and Young Audiences of Northern California Artist for 2008/2009
Science and Music Elementary Teaching
Music and science enrichment classes at Pacific Coast Charter School and Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary, Winter 2008
Education and Credentials
Post-graduate postdoctoral researcher, University of Washington, Bothell, 2001-2005. Advisor - Dan Jaffe.
Ph.D. Chemistry (Analytical/Environmental emphasis), University of Washington, Seattle, 1995. Advisor - Richard Gammon.
B.S. Chemistry with honors, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1988. Advisor - David Kliger.
Current Research Interests and Specialties
Quantify sources of aerosol sulfate in urban environments using stable isotopes of sulfur and oxygen
Understanding the atmospheric cycling of mercury, including the formation of HgII species in the free troposphere, and spatio-temporal patterns of wet deposition.
Detection of atmospheric plumes of anthropogenic pollution (CO, O3, Hg0, particulates, VOCs, NOy, SOx) on local, regional, and hemispheric scales.
Interpretation of meteorological measurements using backward air trajectory calculations (residence time, clustering, multivariate analysis) to infer sources of pollution plumes.
Operation of remote mountain top field sites (including measurements listed above) in the atmospheric marine boundary layer and the free troposphere.
Research associate, Department of Environmental Toxicology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2008-
Private Consultant for University of Nevada, Reno, with Mae Gustin, 2008-
Private Consultant for Frontier Geosciences, Seattle, Washington, with Eric Prestbo 2006-2007.
Post-doctoral researcher for the University of Washington, Bothell, Washington, wit Dan Jaffe, 2001-2005.
Lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences department, Environmental Science program, 2000-2005.
Lecturer of at the following Junior Colleges: Seattle Community College, Shoreline Community College, Bellevue Community College and Green River Community College, 1995-2001.
Analytical chemist for Toxscan Inc., Watsonville, California, 1988-1990.
Chand, D., D. A. Jaffe, P. C. Swartzendruber, E. Prestbo, W. Hafner, P. Weiss-Penzias, S. Kato, A. Takami, S. Hatakeyama, and Y. Kajii, 2008, Reactive and particulate mercury in the Asian marine boundary layer. Atmospheric Environment, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2008.06.048.
Ebinghaus, R., C. Banic, S. Beauchamp, D. Jaffe, H. H., Kock, N. Pirrone, L. Poissant, F. Sprovieri, and P. Weiss-Penzias, 2008 Spatial coverage and temporal trends of land-based atmospheric mercury measurements in the northern and southern hemispheres. In Mercury Fate and Transport in the Global Atmosphere: Measurements, Models, and Policy Implications, N. Pirrone and R. Mason Eds., United Nations Environment Program Global Mercury Partnership.
Weiss-Penzias, P., M. S. Gustin, S. Lyman, 2008. Observations of speciated atmospheric mercury at three sites in Nevada, USA: evidence for a free tropospheric source of reactive gaseous mercury, manuscript in review, Journal Geophysical Research-Atmospheres.
Weiss-Penzias, P., D. A. Jaffe., P. S. Swartzendruber, J. B. Dennison, D. Chand, W. Hafner, and E. Prestbo, 2006, Observations of Asian air pollution in the free troposphere at Mt. Bachelor Observatory during the spring of 2004. , Journal of Geophysical Research, 111, D10304, doi: 10.1029/2005JD006522.
Swartzendruber, P. S., D. A. Jaffe., E. Prestbo, P. Weiss-Penzias, N. Selin, R. Park, D. Jacob, S. Strode, and L. Jaegle, 2006. Observations of Reactive Gaseous Mercury in the Free-Troposphere at the Mt. Bachelor Observatory, Journal of Geophysical Research, 111, D24301, doi:10.1029/2006JD007415.
Jaffe, D. A., E. Prestbo, P. Swartzendruber, P. Weiss-Penzias, S. Kato, A. Takami, S. Hatakeyama, and Y. Kajii, 2005, Export of Atmospheric Mercury from Asia. Atmospheric Environment, 39, 3029-3038.
Weiss-Penzias, P., D. Jaffe, L. Jaegle, and Q. Liang, 2004. Influence of long-range-transported pollution on the annual and diurnal cycles of carbon monoxide and ozone at Cheeka Peak Observatory, Journal of Geophysical Research, 109, D23S14, doi:10.1029/2004JD004505.
Weiss-Penzias, P., D. Jaffe, A. McClintick, E. Prestbo, and M. Landis, 2003, Gaseous elemental mercury in the marine boundary layer: Evidence for rapid removal in anthropogenic pollution. Environmental Science and Technology, 37, 3755-3763.
Jaeglé, L., D. A. Jaffe, H. U. Price, P. Weiss-Penzias, P. I. Palmer, M. J. Evans, D. J. Jacob, and I. Bey, 2003, Sources and budgets for CO and O3 in the northeastern Pacific during the spring of 2001: Results from the PHOBEA-II Experiment. Journal of Geophysical Research, 108(D20), 8802, doi:10.1029/2002JD003121.
Jaffe, D., M. S. Landis, P. Weiss-Penzias, and E. Prestbo, 2003, Comment on 'Mercury concentrations in coastal California precipitation: Evidence of local and trans-Pacific fluxes of mercury to North America' by D. J. Steding and A. R. Flegal. Journal of Geophysical Research, 108(D17), 4553, doi:10.1029/2003JD003504.
Jaffe, D. and P. Weiss-Penzias, 2002, Biogeochemical Cycles - The Nitrogen Cycle. In Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences, J. Holton, Ed., Elsevier.
Weiss, P. S., J. E. Johnson, R. H. Gammon, and T. S. Bates, 1995, Reevaluation of the open ocean source of carbonyl sulfide to the atmosphere. Journal of Geophysical Research, 100(D11), 23,083-23,092.
Weiss, P. S, S. S. Andrews, J. E. Johnson, and O. C. Zafiriou, Photoproduction of carbonyl sulfide in south Pacific Ocean waters as a function of irradiation wavelength, 1995, Geophysical Research Letters, 22(3), 215-218.
Milder, S. J, P. S. Weiss, D. S. Kliger, 1989, Time-resolved absorption, circular dichroism, and emission of tRNA. Evidence that the photo-cross-linking of 4-thiouridine in tRNA occurs from the triplet state. Biochemistry, 28(5), 2258-2264.
2008, UNEP Global Partnership of Atmospheric Mercury Transport and Fate Research, Rome Italy - Invited Speaker
2006, Atmospheric mercury fluxes based on ratios with carbon monoxide in pollution plumes from Asian, U.S., and biomass burning sources. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California.
2006, Identification and quantification of mercury source regions from year-long observations at a mountain-top site in the free troposphere. Eighth International Conference on Mercury and a Global Pollutant, Madison, WI.
2005, Teaching Environmental Sustainability through Indigenous Culture: The History of Ishi and the Yahi People of California. First International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability, Honolulu, Hawaii.
2001, Spring and Summer Observations of Carbon Monoxide, Ozone, Non-Methane Hydrocarbons and Elemental Mercury. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California.
Other Professional Activities
2007, Poster presentation, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California.
2007, Participant, CALFED Bay-Delta Program Annual Workshop and Review of Mercury Projects, Sacramento, California.
2006, Participant, NADP Planning Meeting for a Proposed Mercury Trends Network (MTN), Riverside, California.
Fellowships and Awards
1992-1995, Graduate fellowship from Global Change Education Program, U.S. Department of Energy.
What do you get when you cross a mercury pollution Ph.D. research scientist, a father, and a folk rocker/activist? Why, the Singing Scientist, of course. Dr. Peter Weiss synthesizes music and science as a way to teach about environmental issues.
"Dr. Pete" created the Singing Scientist in 2005 while working at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he served as a faculty researcher in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Department. Then in 2006, after moving to Santa Cruz and being bathed in this enlightened community (and an inspiring John McCutcheon concert at the First Congregational Church!), Peter took his music/science message to elementary school children (his daughter attends Westlake Elementary). He has performed at several Santa Cruz County schools, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Strawberry Music Festival. Peter Weiss and the Earth Rangers combine well-crafted songs with informative messages about getting up and making a change toward compassion and action. "Dr. Pete" delights his young audience as he mixes smoking and exploding ingredients in unique ways to teach about CO2 and global warming. The show is dynamic, interactive and inspiring for all ages.