Dr. A. Joshua West


I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC). My position means that I teach undergraduate and graduate students, conduct research along with a group of co-workers here in LA and further afield, and try to help make the University a better learning environment! I am affiliated with the USC Environmental Studies Program, an undergraduate program emphasizing education in the interdisciplinary nature of environmental problems. I am privileged to hold an endowed early career chair at USC, thanks to the generosity of the Zinsmeyer family.

If you are interested in my work, I encourage enquiries from anyone, and especially from students interested in attending USC, either as undergraduates or graduates, and anyone who may be interested in joining my group as a student or post-doctoral researcher.


My area of specialty focuses on the chemical processes operating at the Earth's surface, and how these processes maintain a habitable planet that supports life. Read more here...


I teach undergraduate and graduate students, in larger courses for student who have little background in science and in advanced specialized courses. Read more here...


Students & postdoctoral scholars work with me. Their contributions are vital to progress of our research - and to the vibrant atmosphere of our community at USC! Read more here...

Associate Professor of Earth Sciences and

Zinsmeyer Early Career Chair in Marine Studies

Department of Earth Sciences,

University of Southern California,

3651 Trousdale Pkwy - Zumberge Hall 117

Los Angeles, CA 90089 USA


ph. +1-213-740-6736

Latest news!

January 2017: I'm honored and humbled to have been selected as the 1st Berner Lecturer at the Goldschmidt conference.

See older news here...