Thomas Gill

Geological Sciences Building
El Paso Texas, 79968
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Thomas E. Gill
Professor, Earth, Environmental and Resource Sciences - Environmental Science and Engineering

Dr. Gill is an Earth system scientist whose primary scientific interests are in atmosphere-lithosphere interaction, particularly aeolian (wind-related) processes (wind erosion, dust storms, sandstorms, fugitive dust, blowing sand, sand dunes) and atmospheric aerosols (particulate matter, PM10, PM2.5) of geological origin, and their roles in biogeochemical cycling, environmental change, and environmental and human health. Gill's research uses aspects of geomorphology, sedimentology, geochemistry, remote sensing, ecology, wind engineering, and meteorology to study the generation, transport, deposition, and management of aeolian sediments and aerosols, as well as to investigate the interactions and cycling of materials between the atmosphere, lithosphere and biosphere, at all spatial scales.Dr. Gill's research interests also include the environmental geochemistry, source appointment and biogeochemistry of trace elements; the geomorphology, sedimentology, and geochemistry of saline lakes and playas; salt/evaporite mineralogy; earth system science, especially the relationship between landforms, climate/weather, and ecosystems; mesoscale meteorology and air pollution meteorology; the application of X-ray spectrometric techniques and trace element analyses in earth science; natural resource management in arid and semiarid lands; the intersection of art and environmental science; and applications of meteorology to homeland security.


  1. Aeolian processes
  2. Dust storms
  3. Playas/dry lakes
  4. Aerosols
  5. Weather
  6. Air quality
  7. Air pollution
  8. Climate
  9. Deserts
  10. Sandstorms
  11. Earth system science
  12. Saline lakes/playas and evaporites
  13. Environmental geochemistry
  14. Environmental health
  15. Geomorphology
  16. Sedimentology
  17. Meteorology
  18. Climatology
  19. Soil
  20. Arid lands
  21. X-ray spectrometry
  22. Biogeography
  23. Trace elements
  24. Science education
  25. Art and the environment.