William Stockwell, PhD

Dr. Stockwell is a Research Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Texas- El Paso and Professor Emeritus at Howard University. Atmospheric chemistry and its application to urban, regional and global scale air quality problems are Dr. Stockwell’s primary research interests. He made several fundamental discoveries in atmospheric chemistry through laboratory, computer modeling and field experiments. He is an internationally recognized expert on the Eulerian regional air quality models that are used for air quality analysis and air quality forecasting. For example, the Regional Atmospheric Chemistry Mechanism, version 2, has been developed with support from a fellowship from the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education and its development now includes versions for global scale climate modeling. A photochemical reactor has been built in his laboratory for the study of atmospheric chemical kinetics. New and better chemistry of biologically emitted volatile organic compounds and aerosol formation from organic compounds and nitrogen compounds is being implemented into the chemical mechanisms. New areas of research include biophysical studies of the effects of environmental factors on biologically important molecules. He has served on a number of international and national panels including the United Nations Environment Program. Dr. Stockwell is the editor for atmospheric chemistry of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. His honors include the American Meteorological Society Editor’s Award (2009), a fellowship from the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (2008 – 2009), the Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing from the American Geophysical Union (1998), and the Research Prize of the Association of the Friends and Sponsors of the Fraunhofer Institute for Atmospheric Environmental Research (1995). The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation recognized him for advancing underrepresented minority students in mathematics, science and engineering (2008).

Research Interests

  • Air Quality
  • Stimulation Model
  • Meteorology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Reaction Kinetics
  • Atmospheric Chemistry