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Jimmy Li, PhD

Jimmy Li, PhD
Assistant Professor of Geosciences
College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
918-631-3013 Keplinger Hall Room L107


PhD – University of Virginia MS – University of Wyoming BS – Jilin University


Research Interests

Surface Biogeochemical Processes

Teaching Interests



  • Li J and Okin GS. Carbon and nitrogen dynamics with enhanced wind erosion-model evaluation and prediction. In: Fernandez-Bernal A. and Alberto De La Rosa M (eds.). Arid Environments and Wind Erosion. 2009. ISBN: 978-1-60692-411-2, Nova Science Publishers, Inc., New York.

  • Guo X, Fu B, Chen L, Ma K, Li J. The spatio-temporal variability of soil nutrients in Zunhua plain of Hebei Province: semivariogram and Kriging Analysis. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2000, 55(5): 555-566.

  • Chen L, Li J, Fu B. Synthetic assessment and cluster analysis for eco-environment in Three-gorge Reservoir areas. Rural Eco-Environment, 2001, 15 (4): 218-224.

  • Li J, Chen L, Guo X, Fu B. Effects of land use structure on non-point source pollution. China Environmental Sciences, 2000, 20 (6): 506-510.

  • Chen L, Li J, Guo X, Fu B. Temporal and spatial characteristics of surface water quality in Jiyun River. Environmental Sciences, 2000, 21 (6): 61-64.

  • Fu B, Liu G, Chen L, Ma K, Li J. Scheme of ecological regionalization in China. Acta Ecologica Sinica, 2001, 21(1): 1-6.

  • Fu B, Guo X, Chen L, Ma K, Li J. Soil nutrients changes due to land-use changes in northern China–a case study in Zunhua County, Hebei Province. Soil Use and Management, 2001, 17: 294-296.

  • Li J, Chen L, Guo X, Fu B. Temporal and spatial characteristics of non-point source N in surface water of Yuqiao Reservoir Basin. Scientia Geographica Sincia, 2002, 22(2): 238-242.

  • Guo X, Fu B, Chen L, Ma K, Li J. Effects of land use on soil quality in a hill area—-A case study in Zunhua County, Hebei Province. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2001, 56 (4): 447-455.

  • Fu B, Guo X, Chen L, Ma K, Li J. Land use changes and soil nutrient changes: a case study in Zunhua County, Hebei Province. Acta Ecological Sinica, 2001, (21) 6: 926-931.

  • Li J, Okin GS, Alvarez L, Epstein H. Quantitative effects of vegetation cover on wind erosion and soil nutrient loss in a desert grassland of southern New Mexico, USA. Biogeochemistry, 2007, 85:317-332.

  • Guo X, Fu B, Chen L, Ma K, Li J. Land use effects on soil properties in a hilly area, Northern China. Ekológia (Bratislava), 2004, 23 (1): 1-13.

  • Zhang S, Chen L, Fu B, Li J. The risk assessment of non-point pollution of phosphorus from agricultural lands: A case study of Yuqiao Reservoir watershed. Quaternary Research, 2003, 23 (3):262-269.

  • Li J, Okin GS, Alvarez L, Epstein H. Effects of wind erosion on the spatial heterogeneity of soil nutrients in two desert grassland communities. Biogeochemistry, 2008, 88:73-88.

  • Li J, Okin GS, Alvarez L, Epstein H. Sediment deposition and soil nutrient heterogeneity in two desert grassland ecosystems, southern New Mexico. Plant and Soil, 2008, doi: 10.1007/s11104-008-9850-7.

  • Li J, Okin GS, Epstein HE. Effects of enhanced wind erosion on surface soil texture and characteristics of windblown sediments. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, 2009, doi:10.1029/2008JG000903.

  • Ravi S, D’Odorico P, Goudie A, Okin GS, Li J, Breshears D, Field J, Swap R, Thomas A, Zobeck T. Aeolian Processes and the biosphere. Review of Geophysics, 2011, 49, RG3001, doi:10.1029/2010RG000328.

  • Alvarez LJ, Epstein HE, Li J, Okin, GS. Spatial patterns of grasses and shrubs in an arid grassland environment. Ecosphere, 2011, doi:10.1890/ES11-00104.1.

  • Li J, Okin GS, Herrick JE, Belnap J, Munson SM, and Miller ME. A simple method to estimate threshold friction velocity of wind erosion in the field. Geophysical Research Letters, 2010, doi:10.1029/2010GL043245.

  • Li J, Okin GS, Skiles SM, and Painter TH. Relating variation of dust deposition on snow to bare soil dynamics in the western United States, Environmental Research Letters, 2013 (8) 044054, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/8/4/044054.

  • Alvarez LJ, Epstein HE, Li J, Okin, GS. Aeolian process effects on vegetation communities in an arid grassland ecosystem. 1.Ecology and Evolution 2(4), (2012), pp. 809-821.

  • Li J, Anderson T, Walter TM. Landscape scale variation in nitrous oxide flux along a typical Northeastern US topographic gradient in the early summer. Water, Air & Soil Pollution, 2012, doi: 10.1007/s11270-011-0965-8.

  • Vest KR, Elmore AJ, Kaste JM, Okin GS, Li J. Estimating total horizontal flux within shrub-invaded groundwater dependent meadows using empirical and mechanistic models. Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface, 2011JF002297, accepted.

  • Li J, Okin GS, Herrick JE, Belnap J, Miller ME, Vest K, and Draut AE. Evaluation of a new model of aeolian transport in the presence of vegetation, Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface, 2013, 118, doi: 10.1002/jgrf.20040.

  • Li J, Flagg C, Okin GS, Painter TH, Dintwe K, Belnap J. On the prediction of threshold friction velocity of wind erosion using soil reflectance spectroscopy. Aeolian Research, 2015, 10.1016/j.aeolian.2015.10.001.

  • Lü Y, Zhang L, Feng X, Zeng Y, Fu B, Yao X, Li J and Wu B. Recent ecological transitions in China: greening, browning, and influential factors. Scientific Reports, 2015, 5:8732, DOI:10.1038/srep08732

  • Li J, Okin GS, Tatarko J, Webb NP, Herrick JE. Consistency of wind erosion assessments across land use and land cover types: A critical analysis. Aeolian Research, 2014, doi:10.1016/j/aeolia.2014.04.007.

  • Liu S, Su X, Dong S, Chen F, Zhao H, Wu X, Zhang X and Li J. Modeling aboveground biomass of an alpine dessert grassland with SPOT-VGT NDVI. GIScience and Remote Sensing, 2015, DOI: 10.1080/15481603.2015.1080143

  • Epstein HE, Okin GS, Li J, Alvarez LJ. Wind erosion and ecosystem consequences following vegetation removal in a Chihuahuan Desert grassland. Global Land Project News, 2009 (5):3-4

Courses Taught

  • Hydrogeology
  • Independent Study
  • Research and Dissertation
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Environmental Geochemistry