Conor I. Anderson

PhD Candidate, Climate Lab

University of Toronto Scarborough


Conor is a PhD candidate in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). Conor’s research focuses on the impact of climate change on populations in the Peruvian Amazon. In particular, Conor is interested in the impacts of the changing global climate on hydrological extremes (floods and droughts) in the Amazon region, and the impacts of these extremes on forest structure, and human health and livelihoods of vulnerable populations in rainforest ecosystems.


  • Climate Change
  • Hydrological Extremes
  • Human–Environment Interactions
  • Amazonia
  • R
  • Open Methodologies
  • Open Science


  • PhD candidate, Environmental Science (expected), 2020

    University of Toronto Scarborough

  • BSc in International Development Studies (co-op specialist), major in Environmental Biology, 2012

    University of Toronto Scarborough

Recent Posts

Blocking Twitter users from R

Making Twitter a little more pleasant to peruse

Prototyping a large-scale analysis of "weather events" in Canada

Code for moving from a single-station to a larger spatial scope

Twitter abuse of Canada's Environment Minister, Catherine McKenna

An analysis of hate and anti-female slurs against Catherine McKenna

Extended Heat Warning Interview with UTSC Communications

An interview with UTSC Communications regarding my recent analysis of heat warning weather at Toronto Pearson

Heat warning weather at YYZ

An analysis of heat warning weather over the past 30 years at Toronto Pearson

Recent Publications

Accounting for missing data in monthly temperature series: Testing rule-of-thumb omission of months with missing values

The ‘3/5 rule’ is a commonly used rule-of-thumb for dealing with missing data when calculating monthly climate normals. The …

Characterization of the urban heat island at Toronto: Revisiting the choice of rural sites using a measure of day-to-day variation

The quantification of the Urban Heat Island (UHI) relies on the establishment of urban–rural station pairs for comparison. We revisited …

Evolution of Winter Temperature in Toronto, Ontario, Canada: A Case Study of Winters 2013/14 and 2014/15

Globally, 2014 and 2015 were the two warmest years on record. At odds with these global records, eastern Canada experienced pronounced …




A Python program and standalone command-line executable to search for and download historical Canadian climate data from Environment and Climate Change Canada’s historical data archive


A open-source platform for the visualization, analysis, and sub-setting of CMIP5 climate data.


Additional functions for G. L. Simpson’s canadaHCD package for acquiring Canadian climate data


A collection of functions to obtain Peruvian climatological or hydrological data from the Peruvian National Meterology and Hydrology Service


Collected functions developed at the University of Toronto Climate lab.