University of California, Riverside

Environmental Sciences

William Jury

William Jury

William Jury Photo

Distinguished Professor of Soil Physics & Soil Physicist, Emeritus

Academic Degrees:

  • Ph.D. Physics, University of Wisconsin, 1973


  • My principal research interests are: measurement and modeling of organic and inorganic chemical movement and reactions in field soils; development and testing of organic chemical screening models; characterization volatilization losses of organic compounds. At present, I am conducting research in field measurement and modeling of preferential flow of chemicals, chemical transport at low water content, unstable flow of water in soil, global water management, and sequential reuse of agricultural drainage water.

Representative Publications:

  • Jury, W. and R. Horton. 2004. Soil Physics. 6th Edition John Wiley & Sons New York 390 p.
  • Jury, W.A., G. Sposito, and R.E. White. 1986. The transfer function model of solute transport through soil. I. Fundamental theory. Water Resour. Res. 22:243-247.
  • Ellsworth, T.J., W.A. Jury, F.E. Ernst and P.J. Shouse. 1991. Three dimensional field study of solute transport through unsaturated, layered porous media, 1. Methodology, mass recovery and mean transport 2. Dispersion modeling. Water Resour. Res. 27: 951-982.
  • Jury, W.A., A. Tuli, and J. Letey. 2003. Effect of travel time on management of a sequential reuse drainage operation. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 67(4):1122-1126, 2003 Jul-Aug.
  • Jury, W.A. and H.J. Vaux, Jr. 2007. The Emerging Global Water Crisis: Managing Scarcity and Conflict between Water Users. Adv. Agron. Vol. 95 (in press) 124 MS pages.

Honors and Awards

  • UC Riverside Graduate Student Association Distinguished Teaching Award, 1981
  • UC Riverside Faculty Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, 1986
  • Fellow, Soil Science Society of America, 1988
  • Soil Science Research Award of the Soil Science Society of America, 1989
  • Guest Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, 1989
  • Dupont Research Lecturer, University of Delaware, 1991
  • Environmental Quality Research Award of the Agronomy Society of America, 1992
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1995
  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 1996
  • Appointment, Water Science and Technology board, National Research Council, 1998-
  • US Dept. of Agriculture Secretary’s Honor Award for Environmental Protection 1999
  • Don and Betty Kirkham Soil Physics Award of the Soil Science Society of America 1999
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences 2000-
  • UCR Commencement Speaker, June 2000
  • Pierre Lecturer, Iowa State University, 2001
  • Faculty Research Lecturer 2002
  • Inaugural Member UCR Academy of Distinguished Teaching 2005

More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Environmental Sciences
Geology 2460

Tel: (951) 827-5116
Fax: (951) 827-4652