• jarivas@utep.edu
  • University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)

Jose A. (Joe) Rivas Jr. is a graduate student, currently working on a doctoral degree in Ecology at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He completed a Bachelor’s degree Biological Sciences in May 2002 and a Master’s degree in Science Education in 2012. His NCAS mentor is Dr. Thomas Gill.

Research Interests:

My interests include Meteorology, Biology, and the transport of organisms via atmospheric processes. My interest in Ecology has allowed me to develop a passion for studying biodiversity in habitats and how atmospheric phenomena impact them. The NCAS research area I am involved with is Air Quality Analysis and Forecasting. My research focuses on dust storms and the dispersal of organisms by atmospheric transport in the Chihuahuan Desert ecoregion, specifically, the role of dust storms in the dispersal of these organisms, as well as the chemical and physical properties of dry-deposited dust in the Chihuahuan Desert and their environmental impact.

Presentations and Publications:

April 2013- Poster presentation at the Southwest Border Symposium on Air Quality and Climate. Title: Dust Deposition and biota dispersal in dust storms in the Chihuahuan Desert.

December 2012- Poster presentation at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting. Title: Aeolian Transport of Invertebrates.

Expected Graduation Date

2016 from University of Texas- El Paso

Future Plans

Professor / Research Scientist