S. McKenzie Skiles portrait
  • Associate Professor, Sch Of Environ,Society&Sustain

Research Summary

My research interests include snow hydrology, light absorbing particulates in snow/snow energy balance, remote sensing of the cryosphere, and cryosphere-climate interaction. My research methods combine numerical modeling with laboratory analysis and field/remotely sensed observations. One of my main research trajectories is investigating the impacts of mineral dust/black carbon deposition on snow in the Western US, where changing snowmelt patterns have important implications for water security.


  • Bachelor of Science, Environmental Studies, University of Utah
  • Bachelor of Science, Geography, University of Utah
  • GIS Certificate, Geography, University of Utah
  • Master of Science, Geography, University of Utah. Project: Interannual Variability in Radiative Forcing by Desert Dust in Snowcover in the Colorado River Basin
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Geography, University of California-Los Angeles. Project: Dust and Black Carbon Radiative Forcing Controls on Snowmelt in the Colorado River Basin