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Sujith Ravi

Title:Post Doctoral Scholar
Primary Affiliation:Department of Environmental Earth System Science
Office Location:Y2E2, Room 349
Research Lab:Lobell Laboratory
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    PhD  (Environmental  Sciences - Hydrology),  University  of  Virginia,  Charlottesville,  USA.   

    M.S  (Environmental  Sciences),  University  of  Virginia,  Charlottesville,  USA.  2005

    B.S  (Agriculture),  Kerala  Agricultural  University,  India. 2002       


  • 1) Sankey,  J  and
    S.  Ravi (2012),  Quantifying 
    soil  change  in 
    degraded  landscapes:  shrub encroachment and effects of fire and
    vegetation removal in desert grasslands, Journal
    of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences
    , DOI: 10:1029/2012JG002002.
  • 2) Ravi, S., P. D’Odorico, A. S.
    Goudie, A. D. Thomas, G. S. Okin, J. Li, D.D. Breshears, J. P. Field,  T. 
    E.  Huxman,  S. 
    Van  Pelt,  J. 
    J.  Whicker,  R. 
    J.  Swap  and 
    T.  M.  Zobeck, 
    Aeolian processes and the biosphere. Reviews
    of Geophysics
    , doi: 10.1029/2010RG000328. [Featured in the cover & most
    popular paper of the year (2011) in Reviews of Geophysics]
  • 3) Ravi, S., M. Baddock, and T. M.
    Zobeck (2012) Field evidence for differences in post fire sediment transport
    related to vegetation type in semi arid grasslands, Aeolian Research.
  • 4)Turnbull,  L., 
    B.  Wilcox,  S. 
    Ravi,  J.  Belnap, 
    G.  S.  Okin, 
    K.  Caylor  and 
    T.  E.  Huxman (2012),  The 
    role  of  ecohydrological  interactions 
    and  feedbacks  on 
    ecosystem  state change, Ecohydrology.
  • 5)Wilcox  B.  P.,
    L.  Turnbull, M.  H. 
    Young, J.  Williams, S.  Ravi, M. 
    S.  Seyfried, D.  R. Bowling, R.  S. 
    Scott, T.  Caldwell,  J. 
    Wainwright  and  M. 
    Germino,  Ecohydrological
    consequences  of  grasses 
    invading  shrublands:  Comparing 
    cold  and  warm 
    deserts, Ecohydrology 4, doi: 10.1002/eco.247.
  • 6) Baddock, M., T. M. Zobeck, S, Ravi,
    P. D’Odorico, S. van Pelt, and A. Bhattachan, Wind erosion in burned semi arid
    shrublands: Field test of the fire soil hydrophobicity erosion linkage, Journal
    of Arid Environments, (accepted).
  • 7) Ravi, S., D. D. Breshears, T. E.
    Huxman and P. D’Odorico (2010), Land degradation in drylands: Interactions
    among hydrologic   aeolian processes and
    vegetation dynamics. Geomorphology, 116: 236 245.  [Top 25 hottest articles in 2010 in
  • 8) Field J. P., J. Belnap, D. D.
    Breshears, J. C. Neff, G. S. Okin, J. J. Whicker, T. H. Painter, S. Ravi, M. C.
    Reheis and R. R. Reynolds (2010), The ecology of dust. Frontiers in Ecology and
    Environment, 8: 423 430. [Featured in the cover]
  • 9) Ravi,  S. 
    T.  E.  Huxman, 
    S.  L.  Collins 
    and  P.  D’Odorico 
    (2010),  Interactions  between aeolian processes and  fires: Implications for  rangeland 
    management.  Rangeland  Ecology and Management, (Invited synthesis),
    63:267 274. [Featured in the cover]
  • 10) Ravi, S., P. DʹOdorico, L. Wang, C.
    White, G.S. Okin and S. L. Collins (2009), Post fire resource redistribution  in 
    desert  grasslands:  A 
    possible  negative  feedback 
    on  land degradation. Ecosystems,
    12(3): 434   444.
  • 11) Ravi, S., P. DʹOdorico, S. L.
    Collins and T. E. Huxman (2009), Can biological invasions induce
    desertification? New Phytologist, 181(3): 508  
    511.  [In Faculty of 1000 in
  • 12) Ravi, S.  and P. 
    DʹOdorico  (2009),  Post fire 
    resource  redistribution  and 
    fertility  island dynamics: A
    Modeling approach. Landscape Ecology, 24(3): 325   335.
  • 13) Ravi,  S. 
    and  T.  E. 
    Huxman  (2009),  Land 
    degradation  in  the Thar 
    Desert.  Frontiers  in Ecology and Environment, 7(10): 517 518.
  • 14) Ravi, S., P. D’Odorico, T.M. Zobeck
    and T.M. Over (2009), The effect of fire induced soil hydrophobicity  on 
    wind  erosion  in 
    a  semi arid  grassland: 
    Experimental  observations and
    theoretical framework. Geomorphology, 105 (1): 80   86.
  • 15) Ravi, S., P. D’Odorico, L. Wang and
    S. L. Collins (2008), Form and function of grass ring patterns in arid
    grasslands: the role of abiotic controls. Oecologia, 158: 545   555.
  • 16) Hui,  J.W.C., 
    B.  I.  Cook, 
    S.  Ravi,  P. D’Odorico 
    and  J.D.  Fuentes 
    (2008),  Dust rainfall feedbacks
    in West African Sahel. Water Resources Research, 44: W05202.
  • 17)Ravi,  S., 
    P.  DʹOdorico,  T.  M.  Zobeck, 
    T.  M.  Over, 
    and  S.  L. 
    Collins  (2007),  Feedbacks between  fires 
    and  wind  erosion 
    in  heterogeneous  arid 
    lands.  Journal  of  Geophysical
    Research – Biogeosciences, 112: G04007.
  • 18) Ravi,  S., 
    P.  D’Odorico  and 
    G.S.  Okin  (2007), 
    Hydrologic  and  aeolian 
    controls  on vegetation patterns
    in arid landscapes. Geophysical Research Letters, 34: L24S23.
  • 19) Ravi, S., P. D’Odorico, B. Herbert,
    T.M. Zobeck and T.M. Over (2006), Enhancement of wind  erosion 
    by  fire induced  water 
    repellency. Water  Resources  Research, 42: 
    W11422. [AGU Editorʹs Choice: Surface Processes]
  • 20) Ravi, S., T.M. Zobeck, T.M. Over,
    G. S. Okin and P. D’Odorico (2006), On the effect of wet  bonding 
    forces  on  the 
    threshold  friction  velocity 
    for  wind  erosion. 
    Sedimentology,53(3): 597  609.
  • 21) Ravi,  S., 
    and  P.  D’Odorico 
    (2005)  A  field analysis  of 
    the  dependence  of 
    wind  erosion threshold velocity
    on air humidity. Geophysical Research Letters, 32: L21404.
  • 22) Ravi, S., P. D’Odorico, T.M. Over
    and T.M. Zobeck (2004), On the effect of air humidity on  soil 
    susceptibility  to  wind 
    erosion:  The  case 
    of  air dry  soils. 
    Geophysical  Research Letters, 31:
    L09501. [AGU Editorʹs Choice: Surface Processes]
  • Book chapters/Technical reports
  • 23) Washington Allen,  R. 
    and  S.  Ravi, 
    (2011),  Dryland  Analysis 
    &  Monitoring  in Encyclopedia  of 
    Life  Support  Systems (Ed. 
    Squires,  V.  R), 
    UNESCO EOLSS  Publishers, Oxford,
  • 24) Turnbull,  L. Ravi, 
    S.,  and  Wainwright, 
    J. Case  studies  in Patterns 
    of  land  degradation 
    in drylands: understanding self organized geomorphic systems, Springer.
  • 25)Ravi,  S., 
    (2008),  Feedbacks  between 
    Fires  and  Soil 
    Erosion  Processes  at 
    the  Desert  Margins, PhD 
    Dissertation,  University  of 
    Virginia,  Charlottesville,  USA.
  • 26) Ravi, S., (2005), The Effect of Air
    Humidity on Soil Susceptibility to Wind Erosion, MS thesis, University of
    Virginia, Charlottesville, USA.
  • 27)National  Research 
    Council  (NRC)  Report 
    (2008):  A  Frontier 
    in  Earth  Surface 
    Processes: Dynamic 
    Interactions  of  Life 
    and  its  Landscapes (contributing  author 
    from  Meeting  of Young Researchers in Earth Sciences MYRES
  • 28) Reinhardt  L 
    et  al.  (78 
    contributing  authors)  (2010), 
    State  of  Science, 
    Dynamics interactions of life and its landscapes: feedbacks at the
    interface of geomorphology and ecology. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms,
    35:78 101.
  • 29) Ravi, S, J. Li. and T. M. Zobeck
    (2012) Aeolian Processes: Biophysical Drivers and Biogeochemical Implications,
    (Editorial), Aeolian Research.  

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