Students in the Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences are surrounded by world quality facilities at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and the Desert Research Institute (DRI). The UNR campus encompasses 60 major buildings on 200 acres (driving directions). There are six colleges, a division of continuing education, and four independent schools, including the School of Medicine-all to serve over 16,000 students. The DRI campus is located approximately five miles north of UNR (driving directions). It is situated on 32 acres within the DRI Research Park and is located adjacent to the Truckee Meadows Community College.
There are numerous laboratories and facilities to support the research undertaken by students in the program. For example, DRI has a certified analytical chemistry laboratory in which the staff also help train graduate and undergraduate students in the use of analytical and field instrumentation along with proper sampling methods. The systems microbial ecology lab examines the transfer of energy and cycling of materials within ecosystems that are mediated by microbial interactions. UNR has a stable isotope laboratory to measure the relative abundances (or the ratio) of the stable isotopes of C, O, H, N and S. There is an aquatic ecosystems analysis laboratory for limnological studies of aquatic ecosystems.
At DRI, the students can work in conjunction with the Center for Advanced Visualization, Computation and Modeling (CAVCaM) to visualize complex hydrologic data. Both UNR and DRI have Access Grid Nodes which is a video conferencing system that connects users to many sites throughout the world. DRI also houses numerous computer clusters for hydrologic simulations. DRI and UNR also have dedicated computer laboratories for teaching purposes.