Updates from the Director

May, 2022

Anne Nolin smiles in studio portrait. Anne is a white woman of middle age with blue eyes and sandy brown hair.

Dr. Anne Nolin

Professor and Director, Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences

Congratulations to our Spring 2022 Graduates

Kudos to our graduating students. Earning a graduate degree is an accomplishment requiring not only intelligence and creativity but perseverance – even more so during the past two years of Covid. We are all so proud of you:

  • Ben Bardet, Hydrogeology M.S. Modeling arsenic behavior during artificial aquifer recharge (advisor: Greg Pohll, DRI).
  • Lauren Bartels, Hydrology M.S. What Drives Cities to Adopt Groundwater Banking? A Cross-Case Analysis of U.S. Cities (advisor: Elizabeth Koebele).
  • Brianda Hernandez Rosales, Hydrogeology M.S. Feasibility and Implementation Plan for Rainwater Harvesting in Peach Springs, AZ on the Hualapai Indian Reservation (advisor: Alex Lutz).
  • Arielle Koshkin, Hydrology M.S. Changes in Snow Hydrology after a Severe Wildfire (advisor: Anne Nolin).
  • Dylan Morlang, Hydrogeology M.S. “Hydrochemical response of groundwater following the 2020 Monte Cristo Range Earthquake sequence within Mineral and Esmeralda counties” (advisor: Paula Noble).
  • James Phillips, Hydrogeology M.S. “Modeling and Life Cycle Analysis of a Membrane Bioreactor-Membrane Distillation Wastewater Treatment System for Potable Reuse” (advisor: Sage Hiibel).

Congratulations Ben, Lauren, Bri, Ari, Dylan, and James – and thank you to their advisors. Well done!

GPHS Leadership Transition

Effective July 1, 2022, I will be stepping down as Program Director and Dr. Alex Lutz will take on this role for GPHS. I am honored to have served as Director over the past four years and am proud of the progress we have made in creating a stronger and more inclusive program. I will continue to fully support GPHS and know that the program will be in excellent hands with Alex, who has served as Associate Director for the past 4 years. Thank you for this opportunity to serve. Please be patient as we make this transition.

Admissions Success!

We made offers to six prospective students, all of whom accepted! This is a testament to the value of Gradventure as all of these students were recruited in person at this year’s Gradventure event. We are pleased to welcome Victor Bautista (Hydrogeology M.S.), Emmanuel Cobbinah (Hydrogeology Ph.D.), Ally Fitts (Hydrology Ph.D.), and Hannah Lukasik (Hydrology, Ph.D. and NSF Graduate Research Fellow), Andy Pavlu (Hydrogeology M.S.), and Alyssa Radakovich (Hydrology Ph.D.). This continues our upward trajectory of the total number of Ph.D. students enrolled in the program.

Student Awards

I am pleased to recognize the outstanding GPHS students who have received awards and scholarships this year:

  • Jesse Jo Rego (advisor: Elizabeth Koebele) NWRA 2022 S.A.S.S. Spring Scholarship Winners
  • Lauren Bartels (advisor: Elizabeth Koebele) received the Women in Water Scholarship
  • Elijah Boardman (advisor: Adrian Harpold) has received an NSF Graduate Student Fellowship.
  • Dylan Morlang (advisor: Paula Noble) won The People’s Choice  Award at the 2022 NWRA conference
  • Palistha Shrestha (advisor: Braimah Apambire) won 1st place in the Student Poster competition at the 2022 NWRA conference
  • Brianda Hernandez Rosales (advisor: Alex Lutz) won 2nd place in the Student Poster competition at the 2022 NWRA conference
  • Abbie Sandquist (advisor: Scott Allen) for winning 1stplace in the 3MT Master’s Thesis Category for her presentation “The water that doesn’t make it to your sink: a large fraction of rain evaporates from plants before reaching the ground”. Abbie was also selected to attend the CUAHSI Summer Institute this summer to work on projects to advance the National Water Model.

Special thanks to Dean David Zeh who retired at the end of April.

Dean Zeh has been a steadfast supporter of all the Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs and GPHS in particular. He leaves behind a tremendous legacy and will be sorely missed.  

WaterWorks is back!

We had our first WaterWorks event in two years! Students and local water professionals gathered at Lead Dog Brewery to hear Chris Cottingham from Montgomery & Associates, speak about his career trajectory and his role at M&A. Many thanks to Montgomery & Associates for sponsoring the event. WaterWorks will return in the fall. Stay tuned! 

Recent publications from our faculty and students (GPHS student-led)

  • *Manning, A. L., Harpold, A., & Csank, A. (2022). Spruce beetle outbreak increases streamflow from snow-dominated basins in southwest Colorado, USA. Water Resources Research, 58, e2021WR029964. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021WR029964
  • *Gordon, B. L., Brooks, P. D., Krogh, S. A., Boisrame, G. F. S., Carroll, R. W. H., McNamara, J. P., and Harpold, A.A. (2022). Why does snowmelt-driven streamflow response to warming vary? A data-driven review and predictive framework. Environ. Res. Lett. 17 053004
  • Liu, X. and F. Biondi. Inter-specific transpiration differences between aspen, spruce, and pine in a sky-island ecosystem of the North American Great Basin. Forest Ecology and Management 491, art. 119157 (10 pp.), DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2021.119157.
  • Piovesan, G. and F. Biondi. On tree longevity. New Phytologist 231: 1318–1337 (Tansley Review), https://nph.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nph.17148.
  • Liu, X., E. Ziaco, and F. Biondi. Water-use efficiency of co-occurring sky-island pine species in the North American Great Basin. Frontiers in Plant Science - Functional Plant Ecology 12, art. 787297 (11 pp.), DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2021.787297, https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpls.2021.787297/full
  • Balanzategui, D., H. Nordhauß, I. Heinrich, F. Biondi, N. Miley, A.G. Hurley, and E. Ziaco. Wood anatomy of Douglas-fir in eastern Arizona and its relationship with Pacific Basin climate. Frontiers in Plant Science - Functional Plant Ecology 12(1812), art. 702442 (14 pp.), DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2021.702442, https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpls.2021.702442/full
  • Mae Sexauer Gustin, Benjamin Ingle, Sarrah M. Dunham-Cheatham 2022. Further investigations into the use of tree rings as archives of atmospheric mercury concentrations, Biogeochemistry, DOI 10.1007/s10533-022-00892-1
  • Mae Sexauer Gustin, Sarrah Dunham-Cheatham, Jiaoyan Huang, Steve Lindberg, Seth Lyman. Development of an understanding of reactive mercury: A review, Invited paper Atmosphere Special Issue Atmospheric Mercury Monitoring, Analysis, and Chemistry: New Insights and Progress toward Minamata Convention Goals Atmosphere 2021, 12, 73. HTTPS:// doi.org/10.3390/atmos12010073
  • Osterwalder, S., Dunham-Cheatham, S.M., Ferreira Araujo, B., Magand, O., Thomas, J.L., Baladima, F., Pfaffhuber, K.A., Berg, T., Zhang, L., Huang, J., Dommergue, A., Sonke, J.E., Gustin, M.S., 2021. Fate of Springtime Atmospheric Reactive Mercury: Concentrations and Deposition at Zeppelin, Svalbard. ACS Earth Space Chem. Volume 6 Issue 1 Page 249-249 DOI10.1021/acsearthspacechem.1c00429
  • Sarrah M. Dunham-Cheathama, Kelly B. Klingler, Margarita Vargas Estrada, Mae Sexauer Gustin Using a next-generation sequencing approach to DNA metabarcoding for identification of adulteration and potential sources of mercury in commercial cat and dog foods Science of the Total Environment, 778, 146102, DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.146102
  • Mae Sexauer Gustin, Deyi Hou, Filip Tack The term “heavy metal(s)”: History, current debate, and future use. Science of the Total Environment, 789 (2021) 147951 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.147951 0048-9697
  • Mae Sexauer Gustin, Sarrah M. Dunham-Cheatham, Lei Zhang, Seth Lyman, Nicole Choma, Mark Castro  Use of membranes and detailed HYSPLIT analyses to understand atmospheric particulate, gaseous oxidized, and reactive mercury chemistry, Environmental Science and Technology, 2021, 55,893-901 https://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.0c07876.
  • John N. Louie and Philipp Ruprecht, 2021, The blast, the quake, and the bomb: A guide to high-energy events in western Nevada, USA: in J. Florsheim, C. Koeberl, N. Riggs, and M. P. McKay, eds., 2021 GSA Section Meeting Guides: Geological Society of America Field Guide 61, https://doi.org/10.1130/2021.0061(09).
  • Eric Eckert*, Michelle Scalise*, John N. Louie, and Kenneth D. Smith, 2021, Exploring basin amplification within the Reno metropolitan area in Northern Nevada using a magnitude 6.3 ShakeOut scenario: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 112(1), 457-473, posted online 25 August, DOI: 10.1785/0120200309.
  • John N. Louie, Aasha Pancha, and Brendan Kissane, 2021, Guidelines and pitfalls of refraction microtremor surveys: Journal of Seismology, June 7, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10950-021-10020-5, open access. (corrections to Acknowledgements: DOI 10.1007/s10950-022-10089-6).
  • Michelle E. Scalise*, Arben Pitarka, John N. Louie, and Kenneth D. Smith, 2021, Effect of random 3D correlated velocity perturbations on numerical modeling of ground motion from the Source Physics Experiment: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 111(1), 139-156, https://doi.org/10.1785/0120200160.
  • Cosgrove, C.L., J. Wells, A. W. Nolin, J. Putera, L. R. Prugh (2021). Seasonal influence of snow conditions on Dall’s sheep productivity in Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve. PloS One, 16(2), p.e0244787.
  • Nolin, A. W., E. A. Sproles, D. E. Rupp, R. L. Crumley, M. J. Webb, R. T. Palomaki, and E. Mar (2021). New snow metrics for a warming world. Hydrological Processes, 35(6), e14262. https://doi-org.unr.idm.oclc.org/10.1002/hyp.14262
  • Steger, C., J. A. Klein, R. S. Reid, S. Lavorel, C. Tucker, K. A. Hopping, R. Marchant, T. Teel, A. Cuni-Sanchez, T. Dorji, G. Greenwood, R. Huber, K-A. Kassam, D. Kreuer, A. Nolin, A. Russell, J. L. Sharp, M. S╠îmid Hribar, J. P.R. Thorn, G. Grant, M. Mahdi, M. Moreno, D. Waiswa (2021). Science with society: Evidence-based guidance for best practices in environmental transdisciplinary work, Global Environmental Change, 68, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2021.102240
  • Tsang, L., M. Durand, C. Derksen, A. Barros, D-H. Kang, H. Lievens, H-P. Marshall, J. Zhu, J. Johnson, J. King, J. Lemmetyinen, M. Sandells, N. Rutter, P. Siqueira, A. Nolin, B. Osmanoglu, C. Vuyovich, E. Kim, D. Taylor, I. Merkouriadi, L. Brucker, M. Navari, M. Dumont, R. Kelly, R. S. Kim, T-H. Liao, and X. Xu (2021). Review Article: Global Monitoring of Snow Water Equivalent using High-Frequency Radar Remote Sensing, The Cryosphere Discuss. https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-2021-295
  • Wilson, A. C., A. W. Nolin, K. Bladon (2021). Assessing the role of snow cover for post-wildfire revegetation across the Pacific Northwest, J. Geophys. Research–Biogeosciences, 126, e2021JG006465. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021JG006465

New Grants

  • Adam Czank (Principal), Mae Gustin (Co-PI), Peter Weisberg (Co-PI) Collaborative Research:
  • Investigating tree rings as archives for atmospheric Hg concentrations using Hg, carbon isotopes, and comparisons to other proxies. National Science Foundation,  $ 757,272,  07/22 to 6/26.
  • Gustin, Mae S (Principal), Seth Lyman (Utah State University Co-Principal), Armstead Russell
  • (Georgia Tech Co-Principal), William Johnson (University of Utah Co-Principle)
  • Collaborative Research: Development of an understanding of ambient RM chemistry,
  • reactions forming, and methods for measurement. National Science Foundation, $1,402,353, 2021-12/24.
  • Anne Nolin (Principal), Stephanie McAfee (Co-PI), Eric Marchand (Co-PI), Sean McKenna (Co-PI), Laurel Saito (Co-PI), SRS RN (Track 2): Nevada Water: A Science-With-Society Research and Education Network, National Science Foundation,  $150,000, 04/22 to 03/23.
  • Julia Klein (Colorado State University, Principal), Anne Nolin (Co-PI), Robin Reid (Colorado State University, Co-PI), Timberly Roane (U. Denver), Dominique David-Chavez (Colorado State University, Co-PI), Catherine Tucker (U. Florida, Co-PI); AccelNet-Implementation: Accelerating Transformations to Sustainability Across the World’s Mountains, $1,998,265, 2022-2027.
  • Keith Jennings (Lynker, Principal), Monica Arienzo (DRI, Co-PI), Anne Nolin (Co-PI), Meghan Collins (DRI, Co-PI), NASA, "Rain or Snow? Observing Precipitation Phase with Citizen Science Data", $76,515, 2021-2022.
  • Kelly Gleason (Portland State University, Principal), Anne Nolin (Co-PI), Glen Liston (Colorado State University, Co-PI), Cenlin He (NCAR, Co-PI), Snow Albedo in the Taiga Forests of Alaska and Impacts on Snow Hydrology: Constraining the uncertainties and accuracy requirements across disturbance regimes, spatial scales, and years, NASA, $476,049, 2022-2025.

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