Joel Thornton

Contact Information

Mail: 408 ATG Building

Box 351640

University of Washington

Seattle, WA 98195

Office Phone: 206-543-4010



2002               Ph.D., Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
1996               B.A., Dartmouth College; Magna Cum Laude, Honors in Chemistry

Employment and Appointments

2009 – present           Associate Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle

2012 – present           Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington, Seattle

2004 – 2009               Assistant Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle

2002 – 2004               Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto

Awards and Achievements

2012               Henry G. Houghton Award, American Meteorological Society

2010               Annual Teaching Award, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington

2008               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

Professional Activities and Service

Co-Editor of  the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics since 2006

FCSD Advisory Committee, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 2012

Co-Chair Tropospheric Halogens and Multiphase Chemistry, AGU 2011 Fall Meeting

Co-Chair Physical Chemistry of Atmospheric Processes ACS 2008 Spring Meeting

Co-Chair Heterogeneous Chemistry and Aerosol Phase Transitions, AGU 2006 Fall Meeting

PNNL Aerosol Climate Initiative Advisory Panel 2006 – 2008

PNNL EMSL Recapitalization Workshop/Panel 2005

Co-Chair Tropospheric Chemistry, AGU 2004 Spring Meeting

Member of the Following Professional Societies: American Chemical Society, American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, European Geosciences Union

Atmospheric Chemistry Field Campaigns and Science Teams:

ClearFlo – London Air Quality Campaign, sponsored by DOE ASR 2012

NACHTT – Tall tower study of nighttime nitrogen oxide and halogen activation chemistry (UW and NOAA ESRL collaboration); February 2011

CALNEX 2010 – A coupled air quality and climate forcing study. Participating on NOAA-led cruise, LA ground site, and Bakersfield ground site

NORAA II – Nitrogen Oxide Reactivity on Ambient Aerosols: SIO Pier, August – Sept 2009

ACCRONIM 2009 – Activation of Continental Chloride by Reactive Oxides of Nitrogen in wInter tiMe: Boulder, Co, February 2009 (UW –NOAA ESRL collaboration)

NORAA I – Nitrogen Oxide Reactivity on Ambient Aerosols: Boulder, Co and Seattle, WA, July – August 2008 (UW –NOAA ESRL –NOAA PMEL Collaboration)

VAMOS Ocean-Cloud-Land Study: Deployment at Paposo Land Site 2008

ICEALOT – International Chemistry Experiment in the Arctic Lower Troposphere (Part of International Polar Year): March – April 2008 on the Research Vessel Knorr

BEARPEX – Biosphere Effects on Aerosols and Photochemistry Experiment: Blodgett Forest, CA, July – October 2007 and June – July 2009

INTEX-B – Intercontinental Transport Experiment–B: Deployment at Mt. Bachelor Observatory April – May 2006

TEXAQS – Texas Air Quality Study: Houston, TX, August – September, 2000

TOPSE – Tropospheric Ozone Production about the Spring Equinox: aboard NCAR C-130 aircraft January – May, 2000

SOS99 – Southern Oxidants Study: Nashville, TN June 15 – July 15, 1999

Teaching and Mentoring Activities

2004-current   Courses Taught: Global Atmospheric Chemistry, Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry, Atmospheric Aerosols and Multiphase Chemistry,Climate and Climate Change, Instruments and Observations, Exploring the Atmospheric Sciences

Research Advising (cumulative) 6 undergraduates, 7 graduate students, and 5 postdoctoral fellows

1996-1999       Graduate Student Instructor, UC, Berkeley, Teaching assistant for three undergraduate level courses in the Dept. of Chemistry