Geochemical and isotopic tracers
Groundwater recharge estimation
Paleohydrology and climate
Water resource management
B.S. Mathematics (Magna cum Laude), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 2003
M.Sc. (with Distinction) Environmental Change and Management, University of Oxford, 2003
Ph.D. Physical Geography, University of Oxford, 2007
Postdoctoral Fellow, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, 2007–Present
Lecturer, University of Oxford, 2005–2006
Laboratory Instructor, University of Oxford, 2005–2006
Associate, Environment International Ltd., Seattle, Washington, 2003–2004
Ma, J. Z., Z. Ding, W. M. Edmunds, J. B. Gates and T. M. Huang (2008). Limits to recharge of groundwater from Tibetan Plateau to the Gobi Desert, implications for water management in the mountain front. Journal of Hydrology 364: 128-141.
Gates, J. B., W. M. Edmunds, J. Ma, W. G. Darling, Z. Pang and A. A. Young (2008) Conceptual model of groundwater recharge to the Badain Jaran Desert from environmental tracers. Applied Geochemistry 23: 3519-3534.
Gates, J. B., W. M. Edmunds, J. Ma and P. R. Sheppard (2008) A 700-year history of groundwater recharge in the drylands of NW China. The Holocene 18(7): 1045-1054.
Gates, J. B., J. K. Böhlke and W. M. Edmunds (2008) Ecohydrological factors affecting nitrate concentrations in a desert phreatic aquifer in China. Environmental Science & Technology 42(10): 3531–3537.
Gates, J. B., W. M. Edmunds, J. Ma and B. R. Scanlon (2008) Estimating groundwater recharge in a cold desert environment in northern china using chloride. Hydrogeology Journal 16(5): 893-910.
Ma, J. Z., Z. Ding, J. B. Gates and Y. Su (2008) Chloride and the environmental isotopes as the indicators of the groundwater recharge in the Gobi Desert, northwest China. Environmental Geology 55(7): 1407-1419.
Gates, J. B., 2005, Groundwater irrigation in the development of the Grand Prairie rice industry: Arkansas Historical Quarterly, v. 64, no. 4, p. 394–413.
Gates, J. B., J. P. Nicot and B. R. Scanlon (2008) Spatial distribution of Arsenic in the Texas Gulf Coastal Aquifer System and inferences regarding hydrogeochemical controls. Eos Trans. AGU 89(53), Fall Meet. Suppl. H41E-0925.
Reedy, B. R., J. B. Gates and B. R. Scanlon (2008) Groundwater Depletion versus soil salinization in irrigated agriculture in semiarid Southern High Plains, Texas. Eos Trans. AGU 89(53), Fall Meet. Suppl. H11G-0853.
Edmunds, W. M., J. B. Gates and J. Ma (2008) Is groundwater in Northwest China a renewable resource?. International Association of Hydrgeologists Ineson Meeting on Water Scarcity and Water Security. Geological Society of London, 8 Oct 2008.
Scanlon, B. R., D. A. Stonestrom, R. C. Reedy and J. B. Gates (2008) Impacts of Climate and Land Use Change on Soil Water and Groundwater Quality in Semiarid Regions of the Southwestern United States. Eos Trans. AGU 89(53), Fall Meet. Suppl. H13J-01.
Gates, J. B., B. R. Scanlon and X Mu. (2008) Impacts of soil conservation measures on vadose zone drainage rates in the Chinese Loess Plateau. GSA Joint Assembly 2008.
Foster, I., J. Boardman, K. Rowntree, T. Mighall, L. Du Preez and J. B. Gates. (2008) Landscape response to climate and environmental change, Eastern Cape, South Africa. British Society for Geomorphology Annual meeting, Exeter, UK, July 2008.
Gates, J. B. and W. M. Edmunds (2007) Palaeorecharge in arid Northwestern China: Geochemical inferences and application to predicting hydrologic response to climate change. Eos Trans. AGU 88(52), Fall Meet. Suppl. H11F-0846.
Gates, J. B., Ma, J., Edmunds, W. M., and Sheppard, P. R., 2007, East Asian monsoon variability and groundwater recharge in Northern China (abs.): Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 36, no. 6.
Gates, J. B., and Edmunds, W. M., 2007, Identifying salinity sources and recharge mechanisms with stable isotopes: The Badain Jaran Desert, China (abs.): Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 36, no. 6.
Edmunds, W. M., Ma, J., and Gates, J. B., 2007, Geochemical indicators of water scarcity in Northwestern China (abs.), in 12th International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction, July 31–August 5, Kunming.
Gates, J. B., Edmunds, W. M., and Ma, J., 2006, Recharge rates to the Badain Jaran Desert, Inner Mongolia (abs.), in 34th Congress of International Association of Hydrogeologists, October 9–13, Beijing.
Gates, J. B., Edmunds, W. M., and Ma, J., 2006, Evidence for palaeowaters in the drylands of NW China (abs.), in International Workshop on the Isotope Effects in Evaporation, May 3–6, Pisa.
Gates, J. B., and Edmunds, W. M., 2006, Recharge investigations in an arid region of northwestern China using geochemical methods and environmental tracers (abs.), in Research in Progress Meeting, Geochemistry Group of the Mineralogical Society of London, March 7, London.
Gates, J. B., 2005, Paleohydrology of the Badain Jaran Desert (NW China) from unsaturated zone records (abs.), in Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers Postgraduate Forum, February 19, Nottingham.
British Council ORSAS, 2004–2007
Royal Geographical Society Hong Kong Grant, 2006
Recipient, Postgraduate Research Grant, British Geomorphological Research Group, 2006
Recipient, Royal Society (UK) Dudley Stamp Research Award, 2006
St. Catherine's College Grant, 2002
Richardson Mathematics Scholar, 1998