Barron H. Henderson : Curriculum Vitae
- Ph.D. Environmental Science and Engineering, University of North Carolina (2011)
- Major: Atmospheric Science; Focus: Atmospheric Chemistry; Skill: Geospatial statistics
- Dissertation ("Biased Ozone Precursors in the Upper Troposphere: Evaluation, Recommendations, and Implications") improved chemistry that affects inter-continental transport of air pollution and climate change implications of secondary air pollutants.
- M.S. Environmental Science and Engineering, University of North Carolina (2008)
- Major: Atmospheric Science; Focus: Chemical Transport Modeling
- Thesis ("The Influence of Model Resolution on Ozone from Industrial VOC Releases") improved understanding of urban air pollution modeling.
- B.A. Biology w/ Minor in Environmental Studies, Austin College (2001)
- Oct 2017 - present, Physical Scientist, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Conduct, evaluate, and synthesize regional and global photochemical modeling
- Develop and evaluate regional downscaling methodologies
- Develop and Coordinate Inter-Agency and Extra Agency Collaborations
- Develop guidance for photochemical modeling
- July 2012 - Oct 2017, Assistant Professor, Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida
- Conduct, evaluate and synthesize air pollution and climate change research.
- Analyze air pollution on local, national, and international scales to recommend mitigation strategies for regulatory development.
- Published with leading scientists from over 25 research institutions around the world.
- Communicate scientific ideas and results to multi-disciplinary groups and stakeholders.
- Serve on multi-disciplinary committees for conferences and scientific review boards.
- Teach students about the science and policy of air pollution and climate change.
- Affiliated Faculty in the Florida Climate Institute and Center for Remote Sensing.
- 2011 - 2012, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Researched global source contribution to local air pollution in the Applied Modeling Branch of the Atmospheric Modeling and Analysis Division (EPA / ORD / NERL).
- Co-authored the Integrated Science Assessment for ozone as part of a multi-disciplinary team (EPA / ORD / NCEA) to provide scientific support for regulatory development.
- 2008 - 2011, Post-Graduate Research Fellow, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Researched chemistry in air pollution and climate change models in the Applied Modeling Branch of the Atmospheric Modeling and Analysis Division (EPA / ORD / NERL).
- Member of the EPA air chemistry working group.
- Collaborated and published with internal scientists (EPA / ORD) and external scientists from Howard University, UC Berkeley, UC Riverside, Rutgers University, UT Austin, University of Maryland, and NASA-Goddard.
- 2005 - 2011, Graduate Student Researcher, University of North Carolina
- Collaborated with the Atmospheric Chemistry Division through the Advanced Science Program.
- Developed tools to analyze how air pollution plumes behave within Eulerian models.
- 2007 summer, Advanced Science Program Physical Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research
- Independent and collaborative research on air pollution from petro chemical facilities.
- Designed computer software to analyze chemical plumes within air pollution models.
- Built and maintained the computational cluster used for air pollution modeling.
- 2002 - 2005, Environmental Application Developer, Woodard and Curran
- Developed software in multi-disciplinary teams to support environmental litigation.
- Developed geospatial software and websites for private companies and municipalities.
- 2000 summer, Cedar Creek Natural History Area Research Intern, University of Minnesota
- Field research at a Long-Term Ecological Research Site on large-scale biodiversity projects.
- 1999 summer, Passive Ozone Network of Dallas, Independent Contractor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Collected air quality samples as part of a large-scale air pollution monitoring program.
Awards and Honors
- 2015 UF Env. Eng. Sci Faculty Mentor Research Award
- 2012 2nd Place A&WMA Dissertation Award
- 2010 2nd Place USEPA-RTP NLTO Oral Presentation
- 2008 UNC Environmental Sciences Achievement Award
- 2001 Austin College Dean's List
- 2000 Delta Phi Alpha (German Natl Honor Society)
- 1997 Austin College Academic Scholarship
- 1997 Southwestern Premier League Scholarship
- American Assoc for the Adv of Science
- European Geophysical Union
- American Geophysical Union
- Air & Waste Management Association
- U.S. EPA ORD Natl Leadership and Training Organization (NLTO)
Dr. Henderson is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida in the Environmental Engineering Sciences department. His interests are the chemistry and physics of air pollution as it relates to human health, ecological health, and climate change. Dr. Henderson currently teaches a graduate class called "Global Air Pollutants" and an undergraduate course called "Energy & Environment." "Global Air Pollutants" focuses on the modeling of chemistry and physics at the global scale with a focus on persistent organic pollutants, mercury, ozone, and aerosols. "Energy & Environment" focuses on understanding the limitations and trade-offs of energy sources in the context of present and future societal uses. He has also taught "Foundations of Air Pollution," and regularly guest lectures in other courses on the scientific, regulatory and public health implications of air pollution and climate change.
Dr. Henderson began pursuing external funding in July 2012 and targets private, municipal, state, federal, and non-governmental agencies.
- 2016-2017, National Science Foundation, Improving Nitrogen Predictions by Updating Tropospheric Kinetics
- 2015-2016, Ecopetrol, Air Pollution Effects from Petroleum Fuel Reformulations
- 2013-2014, OxyChem, Air quality impact of reaction uncertainty
- 2010-2011,2014, Responsible Farmers Coalition Researcher, Ozone Potential of Metam-Sodium
- 2014, Secretaría de Ambiente, Bogotá Air Quality Modeling
- 2014, Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, Examination of Issues Surrounding Excess Capacity Utilization for Palm Beach Renewable Energy Facility #2
- GEOS-Chem Chemistry Working Group Co-Chair (2015-present);
- A&WMA Florida Chapter Meeting Chair (2014)
- A&WMA Florida Chapter Meeting Technical Board (2013);
- A&WMA Master's Thesis Judge (2013);
- AGU Outstanding Student Presentation Award Judge (2012);
- A&WMA Florida Chapter Student Scholarship Judge (2013);
Articles In Progress
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Skills and Training
Air Quality Models
GEOS-Chem, Comprehensive Air quality Model with extensions (CAMx), Community Multiscale Air Quality model (CMAQ), Weather Research and Forecasting Chemical model (WRF-Chem), Dynamically Simple Model of Atmospheric Chemical Complexity (DSMACC), Kinetic Pre-Processor (KPP), Python-based KPP (pykpp)
Integrated Data Viewer (IDV), Visualization Environment for Rich Data Interpretation (VERDI), Package for Analysis and Visualization of Environmental (PAVE), matplotlib, NCAR Command Language, Panoply, Python-based Environment for Reaction Mechanisms/Mathematics (permm)
Model Evaluation Techniques
ArcGIS, MapPoint, GDAL, InfoMap Certifications A+ Hardware and Software Certified; LAN design and implementation Languages Conversational German Computer Administration Network and server administrator; computational cluster Operating Systems Windows 3.1,95,98,NT,2000,XP; Mac OS X; Linux (RedHat, Ubuntu, SuSE, Debian)