Innovating to advance our understanding and knowledge of the earth-atmosphere system

A dynamic field incorporating physics, chemistry, hydrology and mathematics that explores the structure of the Earth's atmosphere.

About us

The Interdisciplinary Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Program

Learn more about the Atmospheric Sciences graduate program, the admissions process and resources for student support.

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About us

Learn more about our research interests and interdisciplinary departments and partners that create our unique academic program. 

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Degree programs

Admission requirements, deadlines, program timelines, funding information and more outlining the doctoral and master's programs.

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Student resources

Program handbook, career information, and a list of student organizations and campus resources. 

Meet people who are as passionate about the planet as you are.

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People of Atmospheric Sciences

Our faculty come together from more than eight units across campus and the Reno area. Learn more about their areas of interest and current projects. 

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Research areas

Research in Atmospheric Science is shaping the way we understand our planet, the resources on it, and how we protect it.

Achievements and announcements

Anne Heggli

Anne Heggli publishes manuscript

May 2022: Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student Anne Heggli (advisor: Ben Hatchett) has published a manuscript titled, “Toward snowpack runoff decision support.

Mohammad Sadrian

Mohammad Sadrian publishes manuscript

May 2022: Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student Mohammad Sadrian (advisor: Wendy Calvin) published his manuscript titled, “Contrasting mineral dust abundances from X-ray diffraction and reflectance spectroscopy.

Shuang Xia

Shuang Xia successfully defends thesis

May 2022: Atmospheric Sciences master’s student Shuang Xia (advisor: Dr. Dan McEvoy) defended his master’s thesis titled, “Identifying indicators and timescales of agricultural drought in the Northeast United States using crop area-weighted drought indices.”

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Palina Bahdanovich presents at DRI seminar

January 2022: Atmospheric Sciences master’s student Palina Bahdanovich presented her research at the DRI science seminar. Title: “Analysis of Chemical Compounds Found in Common Bioaerosols Using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (1H-NMR)”

Kevin Axelrod

Kevin Axelrod successfully defends prospectus

January 2022: Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. student Kevin Axelrod defended his prospectus “Chemical Composition, Volatility Analysis, and Oxidative Aging of Atmospheric Bioaerosols.”

Hatef Firouzkouhi

Hatef Firouzkouhi successfully defends master's thesis

January 2022: Atmospheric Sciences master’s student Hatef Firouzkouhi defended his master’s thesis “Characteristics of Household Solid Waste Open Burning Emissions.”


Our impact

Nevada Today news stories from the Atmospheric Sciences and the departments that contribute to the program.

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Ana de Bettencourt-Dias named Foundation Professor

de Bettencourt-Dias has a lengthy list of contributions to her field, as well as invaluable service to the University and its students.

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Lucas Ingvoldstad named USDA Director of Rural Development in Nevada

Alumnus of the Department of Geography’s Land Use Planning Master’s program aims to address climate change and invest in climate-smart infrastructure in rural Nevada

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Nevada receives $20 million National Science Foundation research award for fire science

NSF EPSCoR investment will increase capacity for wildland fire research, education, and workforce development