Bill Chameides has combined more than 30 years in academia as a professor, researcher, teacher and mentor with a three-year stint in the nonprofit world as the chief scientist of the Environmental Defense Fund. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and the recipient of the American Geophysical Union’s MacElwane Award.
Chameides 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, Chameides was appointed the vice chair of the Committee on America’s Climate Choices, commissioned by Congress to develop a multi-decade-long roadmap for America’s response to climate change.
He joined Duke as the dean of the Nicholas School in 2007.