Gregory S. Okin


Department of Geography

University of California

Los Angeles, CA 90095

Fax: 310-206-5976

E-mail: okin at ucla dot edu


Postdoctoral Research, Department of Geography, UCSB (2001-2002)

Ph.D., Geochemistry, California Institute of Technology (2001)

M.S., Geology, California Institute of Technology (1997)

B.A., Chemistry & Philosophy (Double Major), Middlebury College (1995)

Turning to Dust” - An article in the May, 2010 issue of Discover Magazine, highlighting the role of dust in the Earth System, what land use leads to dust emission, and what we might be able to do about it.


Future Earth: 2025” - An episode of the MSNBC series “Future Earth” in which the potential impact of future drought in the western United States is explored.
Dust: Small-Processes with Global Consequences” - An article in Eos (the newspaper of the American Geophysical Union) that aims to summarize current questions that remain in understanding dust emission, with a call for increased among scientist who work in different fields and at different scales.
Return of the Dust Bowl” - October, 2011 cover article discussing the potential for future increases in dust emission in the American West.
RCA Appraisal: Soil and Water Resources Conservation Act Appraisal, 2011. Results from the Okin (2008) aeolian transport model included in USDA report to Congress on the state of the Nation’s soil and water resources.

Okin, G. S., 2008, A new model of wind erosion in the presence of vegetation, Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface, 113, F02S10, doi:10.1029/2007JF000758.


Article profiling Professor Okin’s aeolian research at the Jornada LTER site

The Atmospheric Input of Chemicals to the Ocean - a publication by the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) based on the GESAMP 38 Working Group’s research.

Webb, N.P., G.S. Okin, S. Brown, 2014, The effect of roughness elements on wind erosion: the importance of surface shear stress distribution, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, v. 119, pp. 6066-6084, doi:10.1002/2014JD021491.

Li, J., G.S. Okin, J.E. Herrick, J. Belnap, M.E. Miller, K. Vest, A.E. Draut, 2013, Evaluation of a new model of aeolian transport in the presence of vegetation. JGR-ES. v. 118, 288-306, doi: 10.1002/jgrf.20040.

UCLA Ph.D. Student McKenzie Skiles is in Greenland on the first-ever Internet crowd-funded Greenland science expedition. The goal is  to measure the decline in ice reflectivity that leads to melting.
Mueller, E.N, J. Wainwright, A.J Parsons, L. Turnbull, Eds. 2014. Patterns of Land Degradation in Drylands: Understanding Self-Organised Ecogeomorphic Systems. Springer. 389 p. 100 illus., 57 illus. in color. Contributor.
Please join me in congratulating UCLA Ph.D. Student McKenzie Skiles on the receipt of an Editor's Choice award for her paper in Water Resources Research entitled: Dust radiative forcing in snow of the Upper Colorado River Basin: 2. Interannual variability in radiative forcing and snowmelt rates  available at:

Editors’ Choice Award are given to about  1% of published articles in any calendar year to provide professional recognition to scientists for their outstanding work. The selection is made by the Editors of WRR based on technical significance, novelty, originality, presentation, and broader implications of the publication.

Please join me in congratulating UCLA Ph.D. student Shenyue Jia for winning the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting Outstanding Student Presentation Award for: Environmental Variability and Fluctuation of Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever) In California: Based on a New Framework Involving Fungal Life Cycle

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Li, J., G.S. Okin, S.M. Skiles, T.H. Painter, 2013, Relating variation of dust on snow to bare soil dynamics in the western United States, Environmental Research Letters, v. 8, 044054.