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Joshua West

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

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.


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

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  
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