Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences

One of the most well-established interdisciplinary programs of its kind in North America.

Established in 1962, the Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences has always been a collaboration between the University of Nevada, Reno and the Desert Research Institute.

About us

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Hydrologic Sciences

The University of Nevada, Reno's hydrology program focuses on studies of water in the environment including its role in geologic and biogeochemical processes, ecosystem functions, and climate science. Learn more about the 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. 

Discover areas of expertise and meet the faculty within each area to find a research direction you love. 

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Research areas

Our hydrologic sciences research faculty have expertise in contaminant transport, watershed hydrology, ecohydrology, aqueous geochemistry, global climate change, groundwater hydraulics, vadose zone hydrology, surface water hydrology and water resources engineering. Learn more about our current research.

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People of Hydrologic 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. 

Achievements and announcements

Hydrology Graduate student Rose Petersky talks snow pack

In collaboration with NASA, Rose Petersky collected snow information around weather towers in the Sagehen Creek watershed. Learn more about this research in recent publications: "Now you see it, now you don't: a case study of ephemeral snowpacks and soil moisture response in the Great Basin, USA," in the Hydrology and Earth System Sciences journal, and "The sensitivity of snow ephemerality to warming climate across an arid to montane vegetation gradient," in the journal Ecohydrology. 

Read the Nevada Today story. 

Hydrologic Sciences student Beatrice Gordon receives Graduate Dean's Fellowship award

Beatrice Gordon, a Ph.D. student in Hydrology, was awarded the  Graduate Dean's Fellowship Award  for the 2019-20 academic year. The Graduate Dean's fellowships are a one-stime $35,000 award for incoming domestic and international doctoral students in any approved University of Nevada, Reno doctoral program  who show the potential to make substantive contributions to their discipline.

Congratulations, Beatrice!

GPHS students awarded scholarships at Nevada Water Resources Association annual meeting

The Nevada Water Resources Association annual meeting was held Feb 11-13 in Las Vegas. GPHS students received several NWRA scholarships:

  • Spencer Whitman received the NWRA Graduate Scholarship ($1000)
  • Aidan Manning received the Clare Mahannah Scholarship ($1000)
  • Ben Bardet received the Northern Nevada Scholarship ($500)

Thomas Ott, Jr. takes third place

Thomas Ott, Jr. took third place at the Nevada Water Resources Association Graduate Student Poster Competition.

Congratulations, Thomas!

Our impact

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

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USDA grants $4.97 million for research evaluating snowpack and water allocation

Is agriculture at risk from changing water availability? Twelve researchers from five institutions in three states, representing several academic disciplines, aim to find out.

University research informs public, agencies on drought response

From historic role to today’s rangeland, soil, forest, water and megadrought expertise, faculty members help Nevada, western U.S.

$3.8 million project will help northern Nevada build resiliency to future droughts

University of Nevada, Reno and Desert Research Institute to engage stakeholders, explore solutions to the region’s changing water supplies to enhance water sustainability and climate resiliency