GRADUATE PROGRAM of HYDROLOGIC SCIENCES

Research Faculty


All Faculty - Listed Alphabetically

Desert Research Institute
Human management of watersheds affects aquatic invertebrate community structure
Areas of Study
Aquatic biology,  

Desert Research Institute
Dr. Adams´ research interests lie in the fields of geomorphology and landscape dynamics. Specifically, he is interested in how different geomorphic systems, including fluvial, lacustrine, and alluvial, respond to changes in climate and active tectonic deformation.
Areas of Study
Geomorphology,  

USGS - Geological Survey
Unsaturated zone hydrology, soil physics: effects of soil-plant-atmosphere interactions on flow and transport in natural and disturbed/engineered systems; methods for characterizing soil physical and hydraulic properties and for monitoring field conditions.
Areas of Study
Contaminant transport,   Soil science/pedology,   Vadose zone hydrology,  

Desert Research Institute
Areas of Study
Geochemistry,   Hydrology,   International work,   Water quality,   Water resources in developing countries,  

Desert Research Institute
Research focuses primarily on understanding the effects of global environmental change (a.k.a. "climate change") on the functioning and structure of terrestrial ecosystems, and deciphering the underlying ecological mechanisms driving the responses.
Areas of Study
Climate change,  

Desert Research Institute
Areas of Study
Water quality,   Water quality modeling,   Water resources engineering,   Water resources in developing countries,  

Desert Research Institute
Areas of Study
Vadose zone hydrology,  

Natural Resources and Environmental Science
A geoscientist with experience and interests in climate and forest dynamics, Holocene processes, and environmental change
Areas of Study
Dendrochronology,  

Geological Sciences & Engineering
I am a geoenvironmental engineer and hydrogeologist with research interests including environmental characterization, modeling, and experimental data collection. I am particularly interested in the study and development of data driven models of multi-phase fluid flow and transport in a wide variety of natural and engineered geomaterial systems.
Areas of Study
3-D numerical modeling,   Contaminant transport,   Evapotranspiration,   Hydrogeology,   Thermal modeling,   Vadose zone hydrology,   Water quality,   Water resource assessment/evaluation,   Water resources engineering,  

Geological Sciences & Engineering
Spectral properties of minerals and ices; Mars surface processes and materials; planetary exploration; field, laboratory and remote sensing mineral spectroscopy applied to exploration and drilling; geothermal energy.
Areas of Study
Geochemistry,   Geophysics,   GIS/spatial analysis,   Remote sensing,   Water quality,  

Desert Research Institute
Areas of Study
3-D numerical modeling,   Evapotranspiration,   Geology,   Ground water/surface water interactions,   Hydrogeology,   Hydrology,   Interdisciplinary modeling,   Sediment transport,   Surface water hydrology,  

Biology
My projects include recovering native species, managing nonnative species, understanding the effects of land use change (mining, urbanization, etc) on water quality, and developing natural resource management & conservation plans for the world´s largest, freshwater fishes.
Areas of Study
Limnology,  

Chen, Li

(702) 862-5349

li.chen@dri.edu

Desert Research Institute
Hydrologist
Areas of Study
Sediment transport,   Surface water hydrology,  

Desert Research Institute
My research interests are in many aspects of fluid dynamics and transport phenomena in multiphase, multicomponent systems above and below the land surface.
Areas of Study
Contaminant transport,   Hydrogeology,  

Csank, Adam

(775) 784-6663

acsank@unr.edu

Geography
Areas of Study
Biogeochemical cycles,   Climate change,   Dendrochronology,   Ecohydrology,   Environmental science,   Geology,   Global change,   Isotope geochemistry,   Paleoecology,   Paleohydrology,  

Danko, George

(775) 784-4284

danko@unr.edu

Mining & Metallurgical Engineering
Areas of Study
Thermal modeling,  

Desert Research Institute
Research interests are in hydrogeology and engineering. Dissertation dealt with arsenic transport in gold mine heap leach and waste rock impoundments.
Areas of Study
Carbon sequestration,   Geochemistry,   Hydrogeology,   Vadose zone hydrology,   Water quality,  

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Areas of Study

USGS - Geological Survey
My research focuses on improving our understanding and predictions of the variability, recent and future changes, and responses of rivers, groundwater, and water/living resources, mostly in the western US, to natural and human-induced climatic influences. I’ve done some seminal research regarding El Nino and Pacific decadal climate effects on global streamflow patterns, on climate change—past and future—across western North America, and on the nature and impacts of atmospheric rivers in the West and (more recently) globally.
Areas of Study
Global change,   Hydrology,   Monitoring,   Statistical analysis,   Surface water hydrology,   Water resource assessment/evaluation,   Watershed processes,  

Desert Research Institute
As a systems microbial ecologist, Dr. Fritsen studies the transfer of energy and cycling of materials within ecosystems that are mediated by bacteria, algae and protists. His work focuses on how the microbes and their interactions are influenced by the time-varying physical features of their environment.
Areas of Study
Ecology,  

Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Geochemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Biogeochemical Interactions of Contaminants in the Environment
Areas of Study
Contaminant transport,  

Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Streamflow generation mechanisms; geomorphological controls on hydrochemistry; ecohydrologic feedbacks following forest disturbance; snow-vegetation interactions; water availability following environmental change
Areas of Study
Climate change,   Ecohydrology,   Evapotranspiration,   GIS/spatial analysis,   Global change,   Ground water/surface water interactions,   Hydrology,   Remote sensing,   Surface water hydrology,   Water resource assessment/evaluation,   Watershed processes,  

Desert Research Institute
My dissertation research examines limnological and geochemical processes in mine pit lakes associated with precious-metal mining in Nevada. I also have extensive experience in ground-water sampling, ground-water monitoring network design and evaluation, and modeling water-rock reactions using aqueous thermodynamic geochemical models including PHREEQC, NETPATH, EQ3/6, and Geochemist’s Workbench.
Areas of Study
Geochemistry,   Modeling,  

Desert Research Institute
Areas of Study
Aquatic ecology,   Biogeochemical cycles,   Limnology,   Paleohydrology,  

Hiibel, Sage

(775) 327-2260

shiibel@unr.edu

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Areas of Study
Biogeochemical cycles,   Ground water/surface water interactions,  

Desert Research Institute
Areas of Study
3-D numerical modeling,   Climate change,   Evapotranspiration,   GIS/spatial analysis,   Ground water/surface water interactions,   Remote sensing,   Water resource assessment/evaluation,  

Desert Research Institute
Areas of Study
Geology,   Geomorphology,   Sediment transport,   Watershed processes,  

University of Las Vegas
Dr. Kreamer´s research pursuits include: water supply and quantity in National Parks and other wilderness areas, vadose zone hydrology, groundwater - surface water interactions, and international hydrology and clean water supply
Areas of Study
Climate change,   Contaminant transport,   Ground water/surface water interactions,   Hydrogeology,   Hydrology,   International work,   Isotope geochemistry,   Limnology,   Paleohydrology,   Water resources in developing countries,  

Geological Sciences & Engineering
The goal of my research is to accurately image and characterize subsurface structures in seismically difficult areas, with high-resolution experiments.
Areas of Study
Geophysics,   Seismology,  

Desert Research Institute
My objective is to conduct research on groundwater sustainability as related to climate changes in West Africa and Nevada.
Areas of Study
Climate change,   Water quality,  

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Areas of Study
Sediment transport,   Water quality,   Wetlands,  

Geography
Applied climatology, high latitude climate, downscaling
Areas of Study
Climate change,   Evapotranspiration,   Extreme value theory,   Global change,   Statistical analysis,  

N/A
Areas of Study
Climate change,   Environmental science,   GIS/spatial analysis,   Ground water/surface water interactions,   Remote sensing,   Riparian hydrology,   Water resource assessment/evaluation,   Water resources in developing countries,   Watershed processes,  

Desert Research Institute
Dr. McConnell’s research interests include snow and global-scale hydrology, ice core and atmospheric chemistry, glaciology, and ice sheet mass balance - with particular emphasis on understanding the role of human activities in global climate and sea level change.
Areas of Study
Hydrology,   Ice cores,  

Geological Sciences & Engineering
My research draws from both Earth science and engineering to formulate and test mechanistic, predictive models that quantitatively describe the behavior of surface processes such as floods, landslides, and debris flows
Areas of Study
3-D numerical modeling,   Climate change,   Geomorphology,   GIS/spatial analysis,   Interdisciplinary modeling,   Numerical methods,   Sediment transport,   Statistical analysis,   Surface water hydrology,   Watershed processes,  

Desert Research Institute
Areas of Study
Climate change,  

Desert Research Institute
Dr. McGwire has extensive experience in mapping, monitoring, and modeling of cultural and environmental systems using remote sensing, geographic information systems, statistical, and modeling techniques.
Areas of Study
Climate change,   GIS/spatial analysis,   Modeling,   Monitoring,  

Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Alternative fuels and environmental photo-chemistry of organic compounds focusing on pesticides on soil surfaces
Areas of Study
Contaminant transport,   Geochemistry,   Water quality,  

USGS - Geological Survey
My research interest is focused on understanding the role of streambed geochemistry and morphology on ground water-surface water interactions and implications for stream ecology.
Areas of Study
3-D numerical modeling,   Aquatic ecology,   Contaminant transport,   Ground water/surface water interactions,   Hyporheic exchange,   Nutrient cycling,   Stream restoration,   Surface water hydrology,   Vadose zone hydrology,  

Noble, Paula

(775) 784-6211

noblepj@unr.edu

Geological Sciences & Engineering
Areas of Study
Aquatic ecology,   Climate change,   Geology,   Paleoecology,   Paleohydrology,   Stratigraphy,  

Desert Research Institute
My research interests include quantification of exchange processes of pollutants and other atmospheric species between soils, plants, and the atmosphere, with an emphasis on how human activities (e.g., anthropogenic emissions, global change) affect these processes.
Areas of Study
Atmospheric pollution,   Biogeochemistry,  

Panorska, Anna

(775) 784-1565

ania@unr.edu

Mathematics and Statistics

Statistical and probabilistic models for describing and forecasting physical and chemical processes in watersheds. Total Maximum Daily Loads modeling.
Areas of Study
3-D numerical modeling,   Contaminant transport,   Heterogeneous systems,   Hydrogeology,   Stochastic processes,   Vadose zone hydrology,  

Desert Research Institute
Dr. Parashar´s research interest is in the area of mathematical characterization and numerical modeling of anomalous dispersion at pore-scale and computation of flow and transport in fractured geologic systems.
Areas of Study
Atmospheric modeling,   Contaminant transport,   Denitrification,   Ecology,   Extreme value theory,   Heterogeneous systems,  

Desert Research Institute
Dr. Pohll´s major research interest is in numerical simulation of hydrologic systems. Evaluation of complex hydrologic systems requires tools from the traditionally fragmented fields of surface water hydrology, groundwater hydrogeology, and statistics.
Areas of Study
3-D numerical modeling,   Contaminant transport,   Thermal modeling,   Vadose zone hydrology,  

Geological Sciences & Engineering
Areas of Study
Geochemistry,  

N/A
Areas of Study
3-D numerical modeling,   Ground water/surface water interactions,   Hydrogeology,   Hyporheic exchange,  

Qualls, Jerry

(775) 327-5014

qualls@unr.edu

Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Biogeochemistry, formation of soil organic matter by microbial and chemical transformations, microbial mineralization of humic substances,
Areas of Study
Nutrient cycling,  

Desert Research Institute
Areas of Study
Hydrology,  

USGS - Geological Survey
Research interests include the fields of hydrochemistry (particularly nitrate contamination of ground water), chemical limnology, sedimentary geochemistry, paleolimnology (including paleoclimate research), ecology, geothermal and Antarctic research, and hydrogeology.
Areas of Study
Geochemistry,   Limnology,   Paleohydrology,   Scaling of hydrologic processes,  

Sada, Don

(775) 673-7359

Don.Sada@dri.edu

Desert Research Institute
Dr. Sada´s primary research interest examines the relationships between environmental factors and the structure and function of arid land aquatic invertebrate and vertebrate communities. He also works on aquatic mollusk biogeography and taxonomy, habitat preference of rare aquatic animals in springs, and designing management programs for isolated wetlands species.
Areas of Study
Aquatic biology,  

Desert Research Institute
Areas of Study
Aquatic ecology,   Aquatic restoration,   Biogeochemical cycles,   Carbon sequestration,   Limnology,   Nutrient cycling,   Soil science/pedology,   Water quality,   Wetlands,  

Desert Research Institute
Dr. Schumer’s primary research interests involve stochastic models for environmental processes. She uses mathematical models to enhance understanding of subsurface transport in porous and fractured media, surface-subsurface exchange, sediment transport, as well as geomorphic processes and their signature in the geologic record.
Areas of Study
Extreme value theory,   Heterogeneous systems,   Hydrogeology,   Scaling of hydrologic processes,   Stochastic processes,   Stratigraphy,  

Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Areas of Study
Hydrology,   Isotope geochemistry,  

UNCE - Admin
Areas of Study
Climate change,   GIS/spatial analysis,   Global change,   Interdisciplinary modeling,   International work,   Water resources in developing countries,  

USDA - Agricultural Research Service
Areas of Study
Ecology,  

USGS - Geological Survey
Areas of Study
Geochemistry,  

Truckee Meadows Water Authority
Areas of Study
Climate change,   GIS/spatial analysis,   Interdisciplinary modeling,   Risk assessment,   Statistical analysis,   Water resource assessment/evaluation,  

Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Soil biogeochemistry, coupled biogeochemical cycles, above-ground below-round interactions,primary and secondary succession
Areas of Study
Biogeochemical cycles,   Carbon sequestration,   Climate change,   Ecology,   Global change,   Nutrient cycling,   Soil chemistry,   Soil science/pedology,   Statistical analysis,  

Agriculture, Nutrition and Veterinary Sciences
Rangeland Vegetation Management, Creeks and Communities, Nevada Youth Range Camp
Areas of Study
Geomorphology,   Riparian hydrology,  

Mathematics and Statistics
Analytical analysis of partial differential equations appearing in groundwater flow modeling; construction of approximate solutions to partial differential equations and ordinary differential equations; numerical methods for flows through porous media.
Areas of Study
Hydrogeology,   Numerical methods,  

Geological Sciences & Engineering
Dr. Tempel´s research involves quantification of geochemical processes in natural settings using with laboratory experiments and geochemical modeling methods. Additional interest in carbonate and clastic diagenesis, particularly as diagenesis relates to energy resource exploration.
Areas of Study
Geochemistry,  

Desert Research Institute
My general research interests include hydrogeology, water chemistry, age dating groundwaters, groundwater recharge and discharge processes, watershed hydrology and chemistry, evaluating water resources, and water resource potability and sustainability in developing countries.
Areas of Study
Water quality,   Water resource assessment/evaluation,   Water resources in developing countries,  

Tyler, Scott

(775) 784-6250

styler@unr.edu

Geological Sciences & Engineering
Dr. Tyler’s areas of focus span the wide range of arid region hydrology, with particular interest in bridging the gap between hydrogeology and soil physics in the newly emerging area of vadose zone hydrology. He is currently involved with studies of moisture flux and groundwater recharge in arid environments.
Areas of Study
Hydrogeology,   Vadose zone hydrology,  

Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Effects of large-scale environmental perturbations (climate change, N deposition) on natural and managed terrestrial ecosystems with a special emphasis on soil biogeochemical processes.
Areas of Study
Climate change,   Soil chemistry,   Soil science/pedology,  

Desert Research Institute
Surface Hydrology; Contaminant Transport; Environmental Engineering
Areas of Study
Surface water hydrology,  

USDA - Agricultural Research Service
Areas of Study
Agriculture/irrigation,   Hydrology,   Watershed processes,  

Geography
Areas of Study
Carbon dating,   Climate change,   Dendrochronology,   Geomorphology,   Global change,   International work,   Paleoecology,   Sediment transport,   Water resources in developing countries,  

Yang, Yu (Frank)

(775) 682-6609

yuy@unr.edu

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Yang is mainly interested in the geochemistry of molecular-level uncharacterized natural organic matter (NOM) and the impact of NOM on the environmental fate of critical pollutants under the framework of global climate change.
Areas of Study
Biogeochemical cycles,   Carbon dating,   Climate change,   Contaminant transport,   Geochemistry,   Soil chemistry,   Water quality,  

Benedict, Chris

(775) 843-8568

cbenedict@washoecounty.us

Not Accepting Student

Washoe County
Areas of Study

Bullard, Tom

(775) 673-7420

Tom.Bullard@dri.edu

Not Accepting Student

Desert Research Institute
Areas of Study
Geomorphology,  

Chambers, Jeanne

(775) 784-5329

chambers@unr.edu

Not Accepting Student

USDA - Forest Service
Areas of Study

Jacobsen, Roger

(775) 673-7364

roger@dri.edu

Not Accepting Student

Desert Research Institute
Areas of Study
Geochemistry,  

Jasoni, Richard

(775) 673-7472

richard.jasoni@dri.edu

Not Accepting Student

Desert Research Institute
Some of my research interests include groundwater use by phreatophytic vegetation, measuring sap flow from phreatophytic and non-phreatophytic vegetation, isotopic analysis of xylem water, basin scale evapotranspiration (using eddy covariance), reservoir evaporation (using eddy covariance), and the effects of climate change on groundwater recharge an discharge.
Areas of Study
Climate change,   Ecosystem ecology,   Global change,   Plant science,  

Johnson, Dale

(775)

dwj@cabnr.unr.edu

Not Accepting Student

Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Biogeochemical cycling and soils
Areas of Study
Biogeochemical cycles,   Soil chemistry,  

Lancaster, Nick

(775) 673-7304

Nick.Lancaster@dri.edu

Not Accepting Student

Desert Research Institute
Areas of Study
Sediment transport,  

Miller, Wally

(775)

wilymalr@cabnr.unr.edu

Not Accepting Student

Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Areas of Study
Soil chemistry,   Soil science/pedology,  

Niswonger, Richard

(775) 887-7727

rniswon@usgs.gov

Not Accepting Student

USGS - Geological Survey
Dr. Niswonger’s major research interest is in numerical simulation of hydrologic systems. Evaluation of complex hydrologic systems requires tools from multiple disciplines including of surface water hydrology, groundwater hydrogeology, statistics, geography, and biology.
Areas of Study
3-D numerical modeling,   Climate change,   Ground water/surface water interactions,   Numerical methods,   Surface water hydrology,   Thermal modeling,   Vadose zone hydrology,  

Pinsky, Mark

(775) 784-6725

pinsky@unr.edu

Not Accepting Student

Mathematics and Statistics
Areas of Study
Numerical methods,  

Price, Jonathan

(775) 784-6691

jprice@unr.edu

Not Accepting Student

Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Areas of Study
Geochemistry,   Geology,  

Saito, Laurel

(775) 322-4990

laurel.saito@tnc.org

Not Accepting Student

The Nature Conservancy
I work with interdisciplinary approaches to water resources management. My past work has focused on interdisciplinary modeling and current work involves policy, conservation, and ecosystem management.
Areas of Study
Aquatic ecosystem modeling,   Aquatic restoration,   Ecohydrology,   Ground water/surface water interactions,   Interdisciplinary modeling,   Water policy,   Water resource assessment/evaluation,  

Susfalk, Rick

(775) 673-7453

Rick.Susfalk@dri.edu

Not Accepting Student

Desert Research Institute
Areas of Study
Nutrient cycling,   Sediment transport,  

Taylor, Ken

(775) 673-7375

Ken.Taylor@dri.edu

Not Accepting Student

Desert Research Institute
Areas of Study
Climate change,  

Walker, Mark

(775) 784-1938

mwalker@cabnr.unr.edu

Not Accepting Student

Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Non-point source management for public drinking water protection, microbial contaminants in water, risk assessment and modeling for water supply protection.
Areas of Study
Environmental science,   Geochemistry,   Risk assessment,