Joel Thornton

Professor, Atmospheric Sciences

Joel Thornton
Areas of Expertise
  • Atmospheric chemistry
  • In situ and laboratory studies of homogeneous and heterogeneous atmospheric chemical processes
  • Air pollution
  • Atmosphere-biosphere interactions
Courses
  • ATM S 123
  • ATM S 234
  • ATM S 456
Awards
  • 2012               Henry G. Houghton Award, American Meteorological Society
  • 2010               Annual Teaching Award, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington
  • 2009               NSF CAREER Award
  • 2008               NASA Group Achievement Award for for INTEX-B Campaign
  • 2008               UW Student Technology Fee Award for Student Machine Shop
  • 2006               The Henry and Camille Dreyfus Foundation Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry
  • 2005               UW Curriculum Development Award
  • 2003               Atmospheric Chemistry Colloquium for Emerging Senior Scientists
  • 2002               University of California Club of San Francisco Fellowship
  • 2000               Teaching Effectiveness Award (UC, Berkeley campus-wide competition)
  • 2004-2007     NASA New Investigator Program in Earth Science
  • 1999-2002     NASA Earth Systems Science Fellow
  • 1999               Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (Dept. of Chemistry, UC, Berkeley)
  • 1996               American Chemical Society Award for Excellence in Analytical Chemistry
Service
Editorial Duties
  • 2015 – present Editor, Geophysical Research Letters
  • 2013 – present Invited Editor, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics special issue on the UK’s RONOCO campaign
  • 2012 – present Invited Editor, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics special issue on CARES campaign
  • 2006 – present Co-Editor of the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
Peer Reviewer Activities
  • 2003 – present Regular peer reviewer for following journals: Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Environmental Science and Technology, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Geophysical Research, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics, Journal of Aerosol Science
  • 2003 – present Peer reviewer and/or review panel member for following funding agencies: NSF, DOE, NASA, UK NERC, DFG (Germany), Israel Science Foundation, and others
  • Committee and Organizational Activities (since 2012)
  • 2015 – present Chair AMS Committee on Atmospheric Ozone2014 – present Scientific Advisory Group, European Research Council funded project: Comprehensive molecular characterization of organic aerosol formation in the atmosphere
  • 2013 – present AMS Science and Technology Advisory Committee on Atmospheric Chemistry
  • 2013 – present Co-lead DOE Atmospheric System Research focus area on organic and inorganic aerosol interactions
  • 2014 Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory’s (EMSL) Aerosol Initiative Strategic Planning and Review Panel at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • 2014 Organizing Committee: Long-range Pollution Transport Impacts on Criteria Pollutants Conference
  • 2012 – 2014 Co-organizer Telluride Conference on Organic Particles in the Atmosphere
  • 2012 Fundamental and Computational Sciences Directorate Advisory Committee, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Atmospheric Chemistry Field Campaigns and Science Teams (since 2012)
  • 2015 – 2018 Wintertime Emissions, Transformations, and Transport – (PI, NSF C-130 aircraft)
  • 2015 – 2018 Biogenic Aerosol Effects on Clouds and Climate (DOE AMF 2) – Finland
  • 2013 Southeast Nexus of Climate and Air Quality (SENEX) – (NOAA P-3 aircraft)
  • 2013 Southern Oxidants and Aerosol Study (SOAS) – (NSF)
  • 2013 Pan-European Gas-AeroSOls-climate interaction Study (PEGASOS) – Finland
  • 2011 – 2014 ClearFlo: London Air Quality Campaign, sponsored by DOE ASR
University of Washington Service (since 2012)
  • 2014 – 2015 Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty Search Committee
  • 2014 – present Payload Advisor to UW Society for Advanced Rocket Propulsion
  • 2013 – present Department Strategic Planning Committee
  • 2011 – present Program on the Environment Advisory Board
  • 2011 – 2013 UWHS Climate Course (Luanne Thompson lead) –course content provider
  • 2010 – present Hobbs Memorial Lecture Selection Committee
  • 2010 – present Department Development Committee
  • 2007 – present Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
  • 2007 – present Alternate Graduate Program Coordinator
  • 2006 – present Research Infrastructure and Machine Shop Committee (Chair as of 2010)
  • 2004 – present Graduate School Representative (>6 since 2009)