Not all superheroes wear capes. Some wear lab coats.

With nine areas of research and our world-class facilities and faculty, you can consider a myriad of topics of specialization -- and ways you'll help the planet.

Graduate research areas

Learn more about the areas in which our faculty specialize and find an area of research that excites you.

An unbeatable combination of faculty, facilities and physical location.

Students in the Atmospheric Sciences graduate program are surrounded by world quality facilities at the University of Nevada, Reno and the Desert Research Institute. The University campus encompasses 60 major buildings across 200 acres. There are six colleges, a division of continuing education, and four independent schools, including the School of Medicine -- all to serve more than 19,000 students. The 32-acre DRI campus is located approximately five miles north of the University.  There are numerous laboratories and facilities to support the research undertaken by students in the program. DRI and UNR provide space and technology resources (computers, servers, databases, software, printers, lab instruments, etc.) to run laboratory experiments, perform data analyses, and allocate student and faculty offices.

The Organic Analytical Laboratory

The Organic Analytical Laboratory, directed by Dr. Andrey Khlystov, is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation providing a full range of analytical capabilities for identifying and quantifying trace organic contaminants in the atmosphere.

The Storm Peak laboratory

The Storm Peak laboratory (SPL, DRI) is a permanent mountain-top facility used for research and training in the Rocky Mountains of northwestern Colorado. Ideally situated for in-cloud measurements, this facility enables greater understanding and characterization of the meteorological processes than are otherwise not available elsewhere.

Patrick Arnott's Observatory

Patrick Arnott, Ph.D. operates an observatory for in situ and remote sensing measurements of atmospheric aerosol and radiation.  The observatory is located on the top floor and roof of the Leifson Physics building at the University campus.