University of California, Riverside

Environmental Sciences

William Porter

William PorterWilliam Porter

Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Dynamics and Modeling

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 changes

Current Research:

  • Environmental drivers of unexplained trends in asthma and other respiratory diseases
  • Chemical, biological, and meteorological connections between climate and air quality
  • Regional health disparities and environmental justice

Research Group

    Selected Publications:

    • Porter, W.C., S.A. Safieddine, and C.L. Heald (2017). Impact of aromatics and monoterpenes on simulated tropospheric ozone and total OH reactivity. Atmospheric Environmentem> 169, 250–257.
    • 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:

    • NASC 093: Freshman Seminar
    • ENSC 275: Research Seminar in Environmental Sciences
    • ENSC 102: Introductory Atmospheric Science

    Graduate Program Affiliations and Research Focus Areas:

    • Research Focus Areas
      • Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology
    • Programs
      • Environmental Sciences

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    Riverside, CA 92521
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    Environmental Sciences
    Geology 2460

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