William   Donner

Associate Professor  

Office: ELABN 338
Phone: (956) 665-2367
Email: william.donner@utrgv.edu

Dr. William Donner





Selected Publications


  • Dean Kyne and William Donner. "Kyne-Donner Model of Authority’s Recommendation and Hurricane Evacuation Decisions: A Study of Hypothetical Hurricane Event in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas ," Population Research and Policy Review no. First Online (September 2018): 1-26.

  • Dean Kyne and William Donner. "Editorial: A Newly Born Journal of Disaster Response and Emergency Management ," International Journal of Disaster Response and Emergency Management 1, no. 1 (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2018).

  • Dean Kyne, William Donner, and Arlett Lomeli. "Information Seeking and Evacuation Decision Making in Hypothetical Hurricane Events in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas," International Journal of Emergency Management (June 2018).

  • Dean Kyne, Arlett Lomeli, William Donner, and Erika Zuloaga. "Who Will Stay, Who Will Leave: Decision-Making of Residents Living in Potential Hurricane Impact Areas During a Hypothetical Hurricane Event in the Rio Grande Valley," Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2018).

  • J. Brotzge and William Donner. "The General Use of Outdoor Warning Siren Systems for Severe Weather: A National Survey of Emergency Managers," Journal of Emergency Management 13, (2015): 61-69.

  • Gerald Brotzge and William Donner. "General Policy for Activating Outdoor Warning Siren Systems for Severe Weather: Survey of Emergency Managers," Natural Hazards Review 16, (2014).

  • J. Brotzge and William Donner. "An Interdisciplinary Overview of the Warning Process," Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 94, (2013): 1715-1733.

  • William Donner, H. Rodriguez, and W. Diaz. "Tornado Warnings in Three Southern States: A Qualitative Analysis of Public Response Patterns," Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 9, (2012): 1-19.

  • William Donner and H. Rodriguez. Disaster Risk and Vulnerability. Washington, D.C.: Population Reference Bureau, 2011.

  • William Donner, D. Cohen, and M. Cottingham. Disaster Prediction and Warning. Encyclopedia of Geography. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2009.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • William Donner. Hydrological Risks in South Texas, AXA Research Fund, $300,000.00 (2016 - 2018)

  • Jungseok Ho. Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP), US DOT Federal Highway Administration, $54,000.00 (October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018)

  • Robert Dearth. UTPA-RISE, NIH, $1,790,000.00 (2014 - 2017)

  • William Donner. President’s Advancing Grantmanship Award, $2,500.00 ( 2013)

  • William Donner. Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (ERC-CASA), National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center (ERC) Program, $54,000.00 (2008 - 2012)

  • William Donner. President’s Advancing Grantmanship Award, $2,500.00 ( 2011)



Selected Presentations


  • Dean Kyne and William Donner. "Understanding Individual Disaster Preparedness in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey: A Case of Rio Grande Valley, Texas," AAG Annual Meeting 2018, American Association of Geographers, New Orleans (April 2018)

  • Dean Kyne and William Donner. "A Model of Evacuation-Decision Making for a Potential Hurricane Event in Rio Grande Valley," Association of American Geographers Annual Conference 2017, Association of American Geographers, Boston (April 2017)

  • William Donner, Bianca Lopez, and Karen Rodriguez. "Disaster Vulnerabilities and Effects for Colonia Residents in the Rio Grande Valley," National Hispanic and Latino Studies Association, South Padre Island (2016)

  • William Donner. "Plenary Session on Coastal Environment and Hazards," 94th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, American Meteorological Society, Atlanta, GA (2014)

  • William Donner. "Social Vulnerability to Disaster: Structural and Demographic Predictors of Global Flood Mortality, 2008-2012," 94th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, Atlanta, GA (2014)

  • J. Brotzge and William Donner. "The General Use of Outdoor Warning Siren Systems for Severe Weather: A National Survey of Emergency Managers," 94th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, Atlanta, GA (2014)

  • J. Trainor, H. Rodriguez, W. Diaz, William Donner, and J. Santos-Hernandez. "Predicting the Behavioral Response to Tornado Threats," International Research Committee/Natural Hazards Center Disasters Hazards Researchers Meeting, Broomfield, CO (July 2010)

  • J. Trainor, H. Rodríguez, J. Santos-Hernández, W. Díaz, and William Donner. "Societal Impacts of Weather Hazards: Understanding Public Response to Severe Weather Events," Joint Southeast Pennsylvania Regional Emergency Management Taskforce, (December 2009)

  • J. Santos‐Hernández, H. Rodriguez, W. Diaz, William Donner, and J. Trainor. "Developing Informed Radar Technology: The social dimensions of risk communication," International Research Committee on Disasters Researchers Meeting, Broomfield, CO (July 2009)

  • William Donner, H. Rodríguez, W. Diaz, J. Santos, and D. Marks. "Understanding Public Response Within a Decision Sciences Framework," CASA Decision Science Workshop, Dallas, TX (January 2007)

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