Sujith Ravi

Associate Professor
Director of the Envi. Sci. Program

Associate Editor: Journal of Geophysical Research -Earth Surface (American Geophysical Union & Wiley)
Associate Editor: Ecosphere (Ecological Society of America)


PhD (Environmental Sciences – Hydrology), University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA. (Advisor: Dr. Paolo D’Odorico)

M.S (Environmental Sciences – Hydrology), University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA.

B.S (Agriculture), Kerala Agricultural University, India.


Assistant Professor (2014 – Current), Department of Earth & Environmental Science, Temple University.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2012 – 2014), Department of Environmental Earth System Science, School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University (Advisors: David Lobell & Chris Field)

Assistant Research Professor/postdoctoral scholar (Aug 2009 – April 2012), Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UA Biosphere 2, University of Arizona. (Advisors: Travis E Huxman)

Graduate Research Assistant/Associate (Jan 2003 – Sept 2008), Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (Jan 2003 – May 2007), Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia.


Associate Editor : Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface (American Geophysical Union & Wiley) (2019- Current)

Associate Editor (subject matter): Ecosphere (Ecological Society of America) (2012 – current)

Guest Editor: Aeolian Research (Elsevier) (2011-2012).

Review panel: National Academy of Science:  NRC Report on challenges and opportunities in the interdisciplinary field of earth surface (2010).

Reviewer: NSF National Science Foundation –  Environmental Biology, Geomorphology and Land-Use Dynamics, Atmospheric & Geospace Sciences

Reviewer: Israel Science Foundation

Reviewer: National Geographic Society

Reviewer: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)Journal of Geophysical Research-BiogeoWater Resources Research, Ecosystems, Advances in Water Resources, Geophysical Research Letters,  Geomorphology, Ecohydrology, PLOS-One, Philosophical Transactions  of the Royal Society, Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment, Soil Science Society of America Journal, Plant and Soil, Oecologia, Plant Ecology, Biogeosciences, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Journal of Environmental Management, PLOS One, Ecology & Evolution, Ecosphere, Landscape Ecology, Ecological Applications, Aeolian Research, Environmental Science & Technology, Land Degradation & Development, Journal of Arid Environments, Environmental Monitoring & Assessment, Earth Surface Processes & Landforms

Convener & Session Chair

American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2015 fall meeting Hydrology session: Ecohydrology of Water-Stressed Environments I & II.

American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2014 fall meeting Hydrology session: Advances in Dryland Ecohydrology.

American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2012 fall meeting Hydrology session: Dryland Ecohydrology: Critical Issues & Technical Advances.

American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2011 fall meeting Biogeosciences/Hydrology session: Rapid vegetation shifts in drylands: An ecohydrologic and biogeomorphic perspective.

American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2010 fall meeting Biogeosciences/Hydrology session: Aeolian Processes: Biophysical Drivers and Biogeochemical Implications.


American Geophysical Union, Ecological Society of America, Sigma Xi – The Scientific Research Society (elected member), International Society of Aeolian Research (founding member).


National Science Foundation NSF CAREER 2020

American Geophysical Union Editors Citation for Excellence in Refereeing.

Distinguished Faculty Award , Temple University

Dissertation Year Fellow, University of Virginia.

Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Sciences & Engineering, University of Virginia .

Chosen as alternate for NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship Program .

UNESCO- IGCP-500 International Travel Fellowship.

Robert L Ellison Award for Interdisciplinary Studies

Robert Huskey Travel Fellowship, University of Virginia.

Moore Research Award

Hydrology Award  – Outstanding graduate student in Hydrology, University of Virginia.

European Geophysical Union, Travel Support award.

Governors Fellowship, University of Virginia.

National Merit Scholarship, Government of India.


Soil erodibility of saline agricultural soils: Mositure bonding forces in saline soils and impacts on dust emission, National Science Foundation – Geomorphology & Land use Dynamics, 450K. (PI :S Ravi, Co-PI Paolo D’Odorico (Funded 2021- 2024)

NSF GEO-REPS (Funded 2022-2023)

InSPIRE 2.0: Solar and agriculture co-location in urban areas, Department of Energy (Co-I, sub-tier partner with NREL : S Ravi, 90K) recommended funding (2022 – 2024).

Combined land use of solar energy and agriculture for socioeconomic and environmental co-benefits, National Science Foundation – Environmental Sustainability, 506 K. (PI: NSF CAREER) (FUNDED 2020).

InSPIRE 2.0: Solar and agriculture co-location in off-grid and remote locations, Department of Energy (Co-I, sub-tier partner with NREL S Ravi, 90K) Funded 2019 (2019 – 2021).

IMAGINE Grant: To provide instruments for the education of students in hands-on, interactive classes that focus on teaching about sensors, instruments (Campbell Scientific). 11K (2020)

Internationalization Grant Program, Establishing a Joint Research Partnership with Indonesia on Sustainable Renewable Energy Development in the Tropics, Temple University, 4K (Funded 2018).

Quantifying post-disturbance sediment redistribution using rare earth element tracers, NSF- Geo & Land use Dynamics: Collaborative Research, $ 400,000. (PI – S Ravi) . (FUNDED 2015)

The Meeting SunShot Cost and Deployment Targets through Innovative Site Preparation and Impact Reductions on the Environment, Department of Energy, (Co-PI, sub-tier partner – S Ravi) (FUNDED 2016)

Technology Fee Proposal: Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (ED XRF) Analyzer for EES, Temple University – CST, 60K. (Funded 2017).

Innovative Research Analysis Award (2014): $50,000 (Sujith Ravi, Jordan Macknick (Awarded 2014)

Collaborative research: Enhancement of soil erosion by fire-induced water repellency, NSF- Land Use Dynamics, $180,000; 2008-2010 (Contributing author/researcher, PI – Paolo D’Odorico). (FUNDED)

Ravi, S., NSF – Sevilleta LTER Summer Research Grant (2007) ($4000).

Ravi, S., Moore Research Award (2007), University of Virginia ($ 4000).

Ravi, S., Exploratory Research grants (2003 & 2006), University of Virginia ($2000).

Ravi, S., Department of Environmental sciences Overhead Research Grant (2004), University of Virginia ($ 3500).