Professor Joel Thornton joins the Editorial Board

Professor Joel Thornton joins the Editorial Board

Welcome to Environmental Science: Atmospheres!

We are delighted to welcome Professor Joel Thornton, University of Washington, USA, as a new member of the editorial board for Environmental Science: Atmospheres.


I am excited to be part of a new open-access journal that seeks to promptly publish fundamental advances in our understanding of the atmosphere in a format that will embrace its complexity and represent the diversity of disciplinary expertise the science demands.”





Joel is a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington. He received a BA with a major in Chemistry in 1996 from Dartmouth College followed by a PhD in Chemistry with an emphasis in atmospheric chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002.

“After arriving, I read through the faculty prospectus and learned about Ronald Cohen’s research using laser spectroscopy as an analytical tool to study chemical kinetics and reaction mechanisms in the atmosphere aboard aircraft……… I remember reading my first paper on the atmospheric chemistry of isoprene and being instantly hooked by the potential to connect my interests in physical organic chemistry with important problems in air quality and climate.”

After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto, he joined the faculty in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington in 2004. His research interests include atmospheric multi-phase chemistry, particulate matter formation and growth, aerosol-cloud interactions, and the impacts of these on air quality and climate.

“Once I was exposed to atmospheric chemistry, it was more of a calling than a choice. Its wealth of intellectually stimulating questions involving physical organic chemistry, spanning across multiple disciplines, having societal importance, and requiring state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation, was all I could want for a research career.”


Read some of Joel’s recent papers below.

N2O5 reactive uptake kinetics and chlorine activation on authentic biomass-burning aerosol
Lexie A. Goldberger, Lydia G. Jahl, Joel A. Thornton and Ryan C. Sullivan
Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts., 2019, 21, 1684-1698

Ambient observations of dimers from terpene oxidation in the gas phase: Implications for new particle formation and growth
Claudia Mohr, Felipe D. Lopez-Hilfiker, Taina Yli-Juuti, Arto Heitto, Anna Lutz, Mattias Hallquist, Emma L. D’Ambro, Matti P. Rissanen, Liqing Hao, Siegfried Schobesberger, Markku Kulmala, Roy L. Mauldin III, Ulla Makkonen, Mikko Sipila, Tuukka Petaja and Joel A. Thornton
Geophys. Res. Lett., 2017, 44, 2958-2966

Please join us in welcoming Professor Thornton to Environmental Science: Atmospheres.

Best wishes,

Dr Anna Rulka

Executive Editor, Environmental Science: Atmospheres


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