Joshua West

Wilford and Daris Zinsmeyer Early Career Chair in Marine Studies and Associate Professor of Earth Sciences and Environmental Studies

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-6736
Office: ZHS 325B
Office Hours: Every day : All day

Personal Website

Biographical Sketch

My area of speciality focuses on the chemical processes operating at the Earth’s surface -- an area known as low-temperature geochemistry. Understanding these processes is a critical scientific problem, fundamental to questions ranging from how the planet’s carbon cycle works to what determines the characteristics of important natural resources, such as soils and groundwaters. My research group is particularly interested in how chemical and physical processes are related, and much of our research lies at the intersection of geochemistry with geomorphology, the study of the shape of the Earth’s surface. Our research approach combines fieldwork, lab analysis, and data modeling. Please see my personal website - linked above - for more information.


  • B.S. Geology & Geophysics / International Studies, Yale University, 1998
  • M.Phil. Geography (Environment & Development), University of Cambridge (UK), 1999
  • Ph.D. Earth Sciences (Geochemistry), University of Cambridge (UK), 2007

  • Postdoctoral Training

    • NERC Research Fellow, University of Oxford (UK), 2005-2009  

    Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

    • Visiting Research Associate, University of Oxford (UK), 06/2010-08/2010  
    • Visiting Research Professor, National Cheng-Kung University (Taiwan), 08/2009-12/2009  

  • Zumberge Hall of Science (ZHS)
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0740
  • Phone: (213) 740-6106
  • Email: