William Chameides

William Chameides

Professor of the Environment

Primary Appointment

Earth & Ocean Sciences Division

Dr. Bill Chameides has combined more than 30 years in academia as a professor, researcher, teacher, and mentor with a 3-year stint in the NGO world as the chief scientist of the Environmental Defense Fund. He joined Duke as the Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment in 2007. He is a:

  • member of the National Academy of Sciences,
  • fellow of the American Geophysical Union,
  • recipient of the American Geophysical Union’s MacElwane Award.

Bill’s research focuses on the atmospheric sciences, elucidating the causes of and remedies for global, regional, and urban environmental change and identifying pathways towards a more sustainable future. Specifically his research helped lay the groundwork for our understanding of the photochemistry of the lower atmosphere, elucidated the importance of nitrogen oxides emission controls in the mitigation of urban and regional photochemical smog, and the impact of regional environmental change on global food production.

Bill has served on numerous national and international committees and task forces and in recognition was named a National Associate of the National Academies for "extraordinary service." In November, 2008, Bill was appointed the Vice Chair of the Committee on America’s Climate Choices http://americasclimatechoices.org/, commissioned by Congress to develop a multi-decadal roadmap for America’s response to climate change.

Bill blogs on The Green Grok and The Huffington Post, and the website for Scientific American, and is a guest blogger on the Popular Science Magazine’s website PopSci.Com.


Gan, Tong J., Michael Scott, Julie Thacker, Traci Hedrick, Robert H. Thiele, and Timothy E. Miller. “In Response..” Anesthesia and Analgesia 127, no. 6 (December 2018). https://doi.org/10.1213/ane.0000000000003790.
McEvoy, Matthew D., Karl-Christian Thies, Sharon Einav, Kurt Ruetzler, Vivek K. Moitra, Mark E. Nunnally, Arna Banerjee, et al. “In Response..” Anesthesia and Analgesia 127, no. 4 (October 2018): e70–71. https://doi.org/10.1213/ane.0000000000003665.
Lawrence, M. G., W. L. Chameides, P. S. Kasibhatla, H. Levy, and W. Moxim. “Lightning and atmospheric chemistry: The rate of atmospheric NO production.” In Handbook of Atmospheric Electrodynamics, 1:189–202, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1201/9780203719503.
Alvarez, R. A., S. W. Pacala, J. J. Winebrake, W. L. Chameides, and S. P. Hamburg. “Reply to Caldeira and Myhrvold: Radiative forcing is a useful, accepted metric to compare climate influence of alternative energy choices.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109, no. 27 (July 3, 2012). https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1206927109.
Alvarez, Ramón A., Stephen W. Pacala, James J. Winebrake, William L. Chameides, and Steven P. Hamburg. “Greater focus needed on methane leakage from natural gas infrastructure..” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109, no. 17 (April 9, 2012): 6435–40. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1202407109.


ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
ENVIRON 899: Master's Project (ENVIRON 899: Master's Project)
ENVIRON 999: Duke Environmental Leadership: Master's Project (ENVIRON 999: Duke Environmental Leadership: Master's Project)

Contact Information

Room A246, LSRC
Durham, NC 27708
Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708-0328


Ph.D., Yale University (1974)
M.S., Yale University (1973)
B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton (1970)