University of California, Riverside

Environmental Sciences

William Porter

William PorterWilliam Porter

Assistant Professor

Academic Degrees:

  • Ph.D., Applied Physics, Portland State University, 2013
  • B.S., Physics, Portland State University, 2008
  • B.A., Comparative Literature, University of Oregon, 2001


  • Regional and global air-quality modeling
  • Land/atmosphere interactions
  • Human health and environmental consequences of land-use policy changes

Research Group

Students interested in exploring the causes and consequences of air pollution through the statistical analysis of observations and chemical transport modeling should contact William Porter to discuss Ph.D. position opportunities.

    Current Research

    • Estimating the contribution of aromatic and monoterpene hydrocarbons to tropospheric ozone production
    • Comparing the relative contributions of chemical and meteorological factors behind observed ozone-temperature correlations

    Selected Publications:

    • Russell, B.T., D.S. Cooley, W.C. Porter, B.J. Reich, C.L. Heald (2016). Modeling the spatial behavior of the meteorological drivers' effects on extreme ozone, Environmetrics, 27(6), pp.334–344.
    • Khalil, M.A.K., C.L. Butenhoff, W.C. Porter, M. Almazroui, A. Alkhalaf, & M.S. Al-Sahafi. (2016). Air quality in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association 66.4: 341-355.
    • Porter, W.C., C. L. Heald, D. Cooley, & B. Russell (2015). Investigating the observed sensitivities of air-quality extremes to meteorological drivers via quantile regression. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15(18), 10349–10366.
    • Porter, W.C., T.N. Rosenstiel, A. Guenther, J.-F. Lamarque, & K. Barsanti (2015). Reducing the negative human-health impacts of bioenergy crop emissions through region-specific crop selection. Environmental Research Letters, 10(5), 054004.

    Courses Taught:

    • TBD

    Graduate Program Affiliations and Research Focus Areas:

    • Research Focus Areas
      • TBD
    • Programs
      • Environmental Sciences

    More Information

    General Campus Information

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    Riverside, CA 92521
    Tel: (951) 827-1012

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    Environmental Sciences
    Geology 2460

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