David Toot

Observatory Support Scientist
Division of Physics and Astronomy
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Mon: 2:20 pm
Tue: 10:20 am
Wed: 3:20 pm
Thu: 11:20 am
Fri: 9:20 am


  • BS: Physics Mount Union College, 1977
  • PhD: Astrophysical, Planetary and Atmospheric Sciences University of Colorado at Boulder, 1985

Specialties / Areas of Interest

  • Introductory and advanced astronomy/astrophysics
  • Calc and non-calc-based introductory physics
  • Practical Optics

Research, Publications, & Presentations

Research & Publications

  • H alpha solar flare at high resolutions. Relationship between hard and soft x-ray signatures of solar flares.
  • chromospheric and coronal magnetic field of the sun, including the ultraviolet nature of quiescent solar prominences.
  • NSF funded project studying the H alpha solar flare at high resolutions, using video and video capture technology. Research being conducted at the Stull Observatory, Alfred University.
  • Variable Stars


Vocal and choral music

Professional Experience

Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2000 - 2002
Coordinator Alfred University Institute for Science, Math, and Technology Education, 2002 - 2007 
Coordinator, Oishei Foundation grant for Astronomy Education with Buffalo Public Schools, 2002 - 2006 
Director, Stull Observatory, 1993 - present

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