Dr. Junran Li

Junran Li

Assistant ProfessorKeplinger Hall M239
junran@utulsa.eduResearch Website

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, 2008
  • M.S., Water Resource Management, University of Wyoming, 2003
  • M.S., Ecosystem Ecology and GIS, Chinese Academy of Science, 2001
  • B.S., Geology, Jilin University, 1998

Areas of Research Focus

  • Aeolian geomorphology and atmospheric dust
  • Terrestrial biogeochemistry in arid and semiarid environment
  • Ecosystem change in response to climate and land use and land cover change
  • Spatial analysis and modeling, and remote sensing

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • Assistant Researcher, UCLA, Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering, 2009-2013
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cornell University, Department of Biological and Envinromental Engineering, 2008-2009

Professional Affiliations

  • American Geophysical Union - Biogeosciences
  • Soil Science Society of America
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Association of American Geographers

Courses Taught at TU

  • Geomorphology (GEOG 3043/6053)
  • Hydrogeology (GEOL 4513/6513)


  • Evaluation of a new model of aeolian transport in the presence of vegetation
    Li J, Okin GS, Herrick JE, Belnap J, Miller ME, Vest K, and Draut AE. Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface, 2013, 118, doi: 10.1002/jgrf.20040.
  • Relating variation of dust deposition on the snow to bare soil dynamics in the western United States
    Li J, Okin GS, Skiles SM, and Painter TH., Environmental Research Letters, 2013(8) 044054, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/400054.
  • Landscape scale variation in nitrous oxide flux along a typical Northeastern US topographic gradient in the early summer
    Li J, Anderson T, Walter TM., Water, Air & Soil Pollution, 2012, doi: 10.1007/s11270-011-0965-8.
  • A simple method to estimate threshold friction velocity of wind erosion in the field
    Li J, Okin GS, Herrick JE, Belnap J, Munson SM, and Miller ME., Geophysical Research Letters, 2010, doi:10.1029/2010GL043245.