Dr. McDade’s research activities are primarily in the areas of optical aeronomy and space physics. He uses UV, visible and near-IR spectrophotometric observations made from rockets, satellites and ground observing stations to study photochemical processes that produce light in the upper atmosphere. His research focuses on attempts to understand the physics and chemistry of these processes and the development of remote sensing techniques which exploit these optical airglow emissions to study the composition, energetics and dynamics of the upper atmosphere.