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Biography

Dr. Gill earned a B.S. in Atmospheric Science and a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences and Resources from the University of California, Davis. A faculty member in the Department of Geological Sciences and the Environmental Science and Engineering Program at UTEP since 2004, he previously worked as a Physical Scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a Research Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University. Dr. Gill is the primary instructor for UTEP’s weather and climate science courses and has extensive experience as a mentor for meteorology and climatology instructors at minority-serving institutions. Dr. Gill has more than 30 years of experience in research on atmospheric aerosols (with a focus on mineral dust) and the interactions between the land surface and the atmosphere (with a focus on desert regions).

Students who are interested in projects related to the physical and chemical characterization of dust aerosols, the relation of dust aerosols to the geology and geography of the land surface, and the relationship of dust aerosols to biogeochemical cycles or human health are encouraged to contact Dr. Gill.

http://www.geo.utep.edu/pub/gill

Current Research

Dr. Gill’s primary research interests are in the interaction of the atmosphere with the Earth’s surface -particularly aeolian (wind-related) processes (wind erosion, blowing sand and dust storms) and atmospheric aerosols of geological origin; and their roles in biogeochemical cycling and environmental change. Gill’s research uses aspects of geomorphology, sedimentology, geochemistry, remote sensing, wind engineering and meteorology to study the generation, transport, deposition, and management of aerosols and aeolian sediments, as well as to investigate the interactions and cycling of materials between the atmosphere, lithosphere and biosphere, at all spatial scales. He has a particular interest in how the generation, transport, composition, and characteristics of mineral aerosols and aeolian sediments is influenced by land use- land cover, the hydrologic cycle, landforms, and ecosystems.

Presentations

Salinas, M. Esther, Kristine M. Garza and Thomas E. Gill, 2015. Assessing the Cytotoxicity of Black Carbon as a Model for Ultrafine Anthropogenic Aerosol on Human Epithelial Lung Cells and Murine Macrophages. Abstracts of the 11th International Conference on Carbonaceous Particles in the Atmosphere, Berkeley, CA, August 2015, Abstract #63.

Gill, Thomas E. and Jeffrey A. Lee, 2015. The Multiple Causes of the Dust Bowl. Abstracts of the 18th International Soil Conservation Organization Congress, El Paso, TX, June 2015.

Dominguez Acosta, Miguel, Thomas E. Gill, Matthew Baddock, and Sergio S. Solis, 2015. Geomorphic and land cover characterization of dust storm sources in the Chihuahuan Desert: A decadal assessment of events. Abstracts of the 18th International Soil Conservation Organization Congress, El Paso, TX, June 2015.

Collins, Joe D., Thomas E. Gill and Richard P. Langford, 2015. Application of end-member mixing analysis (EMMA) of grain-size distributions to characterize site formation processes of Rimrock Draw Rockshelter (35HA3855), Harney Basin, Eastern Oregon. Abstracts of the Society of American Archaeology 80th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 2015, pp. 190-191.

Nyachoti, Syprose K., Lin Ma, Thomas E. Gill, and Curtis Monger, 2015. Paleo-hydrologic reconstruction of the Jornada basin, New Mexico using U and Sr isotopes in pedogenic carbonates at the La Mesa geomorphic surface. Presented at the New Mexico Geological Society Annual Meeting, Socorro, NM, April 2015. New Mexico Geology, in press.

Junran Li, Jeffrey A. Lee and Thomas E. Gill, 2015. Blowing dust, and highway safety in the southwestern US. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 17:EGU2015-7507-1 : presented at the European Geoscience Union General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, April 2015, abstract #EGU2015-7507.

Novlan, David J., Thomas E. Gill and Lance Tripoli, 2015. Some Aspects of Regional Dust Storms and Drought Episodes Including their Synoptic Climatology, Impacts and Forecast Methodology in Southern New Mexico and Far West Texas. Abstracts of NOAA’s 13th Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop, Las Cruces, NM, March 2015.

Quesada, David, Robert M. Jones, Brent C. Hedquist, Thomas E. Gill and Joanne Sheermohamed, 2015. Diversity in support of diversity: Diversity of offerings of AMS Climate Studies for a diversity of student population. Abstracts of the 24th Conference on Education, American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, Abstract No. 265376.

Spade, Daniela, Thomas E. Gill, Robert E. Dumais and Jason Knievel, 2015. Improving Terrain and Land Use Representation in Modeling the Playa Breeze Using the Weather Research and Forecast Model. Abstracts of the 29th Conference on Hydrology, American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, Abstract No. 263831.

Gill, Thomas E., Nancy I. Rivera Rivera and David J. Novlan, 2014. Differences in Fine- Coarse Aerosol Ratios in Convective and Non-Convective Dust Events in a Desert City. Eos (Transactions, American Geophysical Union) 95: (52 supp.): Paper 8030.

Rivas, Jose A., Thomas E. Gill, Elizabeth J. Walsh, and Robert L. Wallace, 2014. Dust deposition and biota dispersal by wind storms in the Chihuahuan Desert. Abstracts of NOAA 7th Biennial Education and Science Forum, Princess Anne, MD, October 28, 2014.

Peinado, Porfirio, Thomas E. Gill, Jeffrey Lee, and Miguel Dominguez Acosta, 2014. Geochemical and physical properties of dust source sediments in the Chihuahuan Desert and Southern High Plains. Geological Society of America 2014 Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, October 2014, Paper No. 247308, Geological Society of America Abstracts and Programs Vol. XX p. YYY.

Dominguez Acosta, Miguel, Adriana Beatriz Soto Diaz, Thomas E. Gill, and Sergio Saul Solis, 2014. Caracteristicas meteorologicas de eventos de tormentas de polvo en la parte centro-norte del desierto chihuahuaense durante el period 2002 al 2013. Abstracts of the Annual Meeting of the Union Geofisica Mexicana, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, November 2014, Abstract #0401.

Velarde, Roberto, Richard Arimoto, and Thomas E. Gill, 2014. Evaluating global atmospheric transport of plutonium with dust aerosols. Abstracts of the 2014 Goldschmidt Conference, Sacramento, CA, June 2014, BLORT.

Walsh, Elizabeth, Michael Moody, Ming-Ying Leung, Thomas E. Gill and Kayla I. Hinson, 2014. Assessment of aridland aquatic biodiversity using second generation sequencing. Abstracts of the 2014 Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR, May 21, 2014.

Odonmbaku, Abdul A.A., John Walton, Raed Aldouri and Thomas Gill, 2014. Estimating Recharge in the Mimbres Basin using Environmental Tracer Isotopes and GIS. New Mexico Geology, in press. (Presented at the New Mexico Geological Society Spring Meeting, Socorro, NM, April 11, 2014.)

Lee, Jeffrey A., and Thomas E. Gill, 2014. “Causes” of the Dust Bowl Dust Storms: A Physical Geography Interpretation. Abstracts of the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Tampa, FL, April 2014, abstract #56651.

Rivas, Jose A. Jr., Thomas E. Gill, Elizabeth J. Walsh, and Robert L. Wallace, 2014. Characterization of Dust Transported to El Paso, Texas. Abstracts of the 18th Joint Conference on the Applications of Air Pollution Meteorology with the A&WMA, American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, February 2014, Abstract # 236614.

Guereque, Mariana, Vernon R. Morris, Rosa M. Fitzgerald, Thomas E. Gill and Raed K. Aldouri, 2013. An in-situ investigation of aerosol number density characteristics within Saharan dust storms in the tropical Atlantic ocean. Eos (Transactions, American Geophysical Union) 94: (52 supp.): XXX.

White, Warren H., Krystyna Trzepla, Sinan Yatkin, Thomas E. Gill, and Lixin Jin, 2013. Trends in Gypsiferous Aerosol Downwind of White Sands, New Mexico. Eos (Transactions, American Geophysical Union) 94: (52 supp.): XXX.

Langford, Richard P., Thomas E. Gill, and Slade B. Jones, 2013. Local Sources of Sediment on Dunes at White Sands National Monument, Integration of Sedimentology and End Member Mixing Analysis. Geological Society of America 2013 Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, October 2013, Paper No. XXX, Geological Society of America Abstracts and Programs XXX:YYY.

McKeon, Joshua, Kristen St. John, and Thomas E. Gill, 2013. Applications of XRF to investigate Pleistocene Climate Variability at Hole 1208A, Shatsky Rise, North Pacific Ocean. Geological Society of America 2013 Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, October 2013, Paper No. XXX, Geological Society of America Abstracts and Programs XXX:YYY.

White, Warren H., Krystyna Trzepla, Thomas E. Gill, and Lixin Jin, 2013. Trends in gypsiferous aerosol downwind of White Sands, New Mexico. Presented at the 2013 National Atmospheric Deposition Program Annual Meeting, Park City, UT, October 2013.

White, Warren H., Krystyna Nabaglo-Trzepa, and Thomas E. Gill, 2013. Gypsum Aerosol Downwind of White Sands, NM. Abstracts of the 2013 NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory Global Monitoring Annual Conference, Boulder, Colorado, May 2013.

Dominguez Acosta, Miguel, Thomas E. Gill, and Porfirio Peinado, 2013. Chemical and Physical Characteristics of Sediments from Prevalent Dust Sources in the Central Chihuahuan Desert, Chihuahua, Mexico. Eos (Transactions, American Geophysical Union) 94: ( ):

Mockford, Thomas W., Ted M. Zobeck, Jeffrey A. Lee, and Thomas E. Gill, 2013. A Laboratory Study of Wind Erosion Dust Emission Rates. Abstracts of the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, CA, April 2013, abstract #53434.

Hampton, Elaine M., Wen-Whai Li, Thomas E. Gill, and William L. Hargrove, 2013. Buen Ambiente-Buena Salud: An Education-Based Program for Addressing Air Quality in a USA-Mexico Border Metroplex. Abstracts of the 22nd Symposium on Education, American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, January 2013, Abstract #213431.

Richard P. Langford, Slade B. Jones, and Thomas E. Gill, 2012. Sand Grain Size and Crystallization, Sources and Transport of Gypsum Sand in the White Sands Dune Field. Geological Society of America 2012 Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC, November 2012, Paper No. 210898, Geological Society of America Abstracts and Programs 44(7), in press.

Ginoux, P., J.M. Prospero, T.E. Gill, L. Clarisse, C. Clerbaux, P. Coheur, O. Dubovik, and N.C. Hsu, 2012. Global anthropogenic dust sources associated with agriculture and hydrology. Eos (Transactions, American Geophysical Union) 93: (52 supp.):

Thomas E. Gill, Elizabeth J. Walsh, Robert L. Wallace, Lila Rojo, and Jose A. Rivas, 2012. Aeolian transport of invertebrates. Eos (Transactions, American Geophysical Union) 93: (52 supp.): A33D-0198.

Meyer, C., J. Gillow, R. Lindeman, J. Sueker, P. Hunter, M. Barkley, A. Thatcher, K. Pratt, C. Gaston, K. Prather, and T. Gill, 2012. Natural Mitigation of Acidic Mine Soil: Evaluation of the Atmospheric Deposition of Alkaline Minerals. Abstracts of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North America 33rd Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA, November 2012, p. 271.

Gill, Thomas E., and Lee, Jeffrey A., 2012. On The Multiple Causes of the 1930s North American Dust Bowl. Abstracts of the American Quaternary Association 22nd Biennial Meeting, Duluth, MN, June 22, 2012, pp. 64- 65.

Anaya, Lisa M., Thomas E. Gill and Jasper G. Konter, 2012. Analysis of Atmospheric Dust in the Southwest using Radiogenic Isotopes. Abstracts of NOAA 6th Biennial Education and Science Forum, Tallahassee, FL, March 28, 2012, abstract #P068.

Lee, Jeffrey A., Ted M. Zobeck, Thomas E. Gill, Miguel Dominguez Acosta, and Porfirio Peinado, 2012. Potential dust production from wind-erodible soils on the Southern High Plains and Chihuahuan Desert: preliminary findings. Abstracts of the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New York, NY, Feb. 27, 2012, abstract #47639.

Knox, John A., Thomas E. Gill, and David J. Novlan, 2012. Fear of Bouncing: Societal and Scientific Contexts of Wind-Related Bounce House Hazards. In: Abstracts of the Seventh Symposium on Policy and Socio-Economic Research, American Meteorological Society 92nd Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, January 23, 2012, Poster No. 329, Paper No. 202775.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications:

White, Warren, Nicole P. Hyslop, Krystyna Trzepla, Sinan Yatkin, Randy S. Rarig, Jr., Thomas E. Gill, and Lixin Jin, 2015. Regional transport of a chemically distinctive dust: gypsum from White Sands, New Mexico (USA). Aeolian Research 16: 1-10.

Muhs, Daniel A., Joseph M. Prospero, Matthew C. Baddock and Thomas E. Gill, 2014. Identifying sources of aeolian mineral dust: past and present. pp. 51- 74 in: Stuut, Jan-Berend and Peter Knippertz (Editors). Mineral Dust- A Key Player In The Earth System. Springer,   ISBN 978-94-017-8977-6, doi:10.1007/978-94-017-8978-3_3 (Invited book chapter)

Charlevoix, Donna, Rajul Pandya, Alison Bridger, Thomas E. Gill, Elaine Hampton, Redina Herman, John A. Knox, Wen-Whai Li, and Diane Stanitski, 2014. New Directions for The AMS Symposium on Education. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 95(9):1465-1467, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00273.1

Ginoux, Paul, Joseph M. Prospero, Thomas E. Gill, N. Christina Hsu and Ming Zhao, 2012. Global scale attribution of anthropogenic and natural dust sources and their emission rates based on MODIS Deep Blue aerosol products. Reviews of Geophysics 50:RG3005, 36 pp., doi:10.1029/2012RG000388 . (Invited manuscript)

Rojo, Lila, Thomas E. Gill, and Melanie A. Barnes, 2012. Intercomparison of PIXE and ICP-OES analyses of aeolian dust from Owens Lake, California. Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research 36(1): 83- 102, doi: 10.1111/j.1751-908X.2011.00058.x

Lee, Jeffrey A., Matthew C. Baddock, Mbongowo J. Mbuh, and Thomas E. Gill, 2012. Geomorphic and land cover characteristics of aeolian dust sources in west Texas and eastern New Mexico, USA. Aeolian Research 3(4): 459- 466, doi:10.1016/j.aeolia.2011.08.001

Recognitions

Co-Chair, Pan American Node for Global Dust and Sand Early Warning System Dust Sources, Compositions and Effects Sub-Group; World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Associate Editor, Aeolian Research; Elsevier Science Publishers

Professional Geologist, State of Texas- License #3496

Co-Editor, Bibliography of Aeolian Research; online at:
http://www.csrl.ars.usda.gov/wewc/biblio/bar.htm