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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!

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

UV Vessel works at night to kill invasive aquatic plants
Vessel equipped with ultraviolet light attacks invasive aquatic plants at Tahoe

Public-private partnership project shows favorable results

white sturgeon in the fraser river
Global decline of migratory fish, Nevada fish migration affected by dams, development

College of Science’s Zeb Hogan co-author of comprehensive global report

Grid of three podcast participant headshots along with the Discover Science Podcast Series logo.
Exploring the relationship between space, race and STEM attainment on the Discover Science podcast

Dr. William F. Tate IV speaks with the College of Science about his research revealing the uneven contours of the education pipeline.

Professor Geoff Blewitt sits alongside a GPS station on a mountain that overlooks the valley of Reno and Sparks, Nev.
Using worldwide GPS data to study changes in Earth’s crust, from the Ice Age to today

The University’s 2020 Outstanding Researcher award recognizes the amazing discoveries, scientific contributions and career of Geoff Blewitt

Photo of Tommy Thompson sitting at the base of a rock face holding a map.
Tommy Thompson, Professor Emeritus and former director of the Center for Research in Economic Geology, graduates his 100th graduate student
Split screen showing screen grab of a young girl (left) and a man flyfishing (right) both with Sci-On Official Selection laurels overlain on the images.
Sci-On! Film Festival to feature two College of Science films

Watch the short documentary Fertile Waters and an episode of Mineral Monday, both official selections in the festival, on May 5 at 7 p.m. at the virtual festival.

Heather Winslow standing on the crater wall.
AGU Outstanding Student Presentation awarded to graduate student Heather Winslow

Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering student receives prestigious award granted to the top 5% of student participants.

Joel Scheingross and his PhD adviser Michael Lamb surveying waterfall plunge pools on Dry Meadow Creek in the Southern Sierra Nevada (credit: Roman DiBiase)
Joel Scheingross receives the 2019 Luna B. Leopold Award

Assistant Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering honored as an early career scientist by the American Geophysical Union.

The collapsed San Marin Hotel
Drop, Cover and Hold On in the Great Nevada ShakeOut public earthquake drill

College of Science’s seismological lab uses drill to help Nevadans learn, prepare for earthquakes

Doug Smith posing for a photo with a gray wolf in snowy Yellowstone National Park.
College of Science honor exceptional alumni

The College of Science and Mackay School honored an impressive group of alumni at the annual Alumni of the Year reception on September 25.

Granite Range near Gerlach
Great Nevada ShakeOut public earthquake drill Oct. 17

University of Nevada, Reno’s seismological lab uses drill to help Nevadans learn and prepare for earthquakes

A young Cambodian boy sorts fish on a dai net fishery boat.
Wonders of the Mekong Project receives USAID award funding

Biology professors Zeb Hogan and Sudeep Chandra receive 4 years of funding for their research in Cambodia.

Red Rock Canyon Rocks
Community leaders, science experts featured at 2019 Global Climate Change Summit

The Sept. 23 conference will discuss how climate change is impacting Nevada

Lake Tahoe
Mineral Monday field trip to Lake Tahoe

The College of Science favorite is back for a new season

AlertTahoe camera and tower install
Final AlertTahoe fire camera installation complete near Emerald Bay

Camera goes live on University of Nevada, Reno’s AlertWildfire website

Wells Nevada earthquake damage
Seismic Nevada: Sequence of 60 earthquakes in Sun Valley, Washoe Valley earthquake

College of Science leads effort to monitor, research, assess earthquake hazards

Ken Nussear sits in a plane wearing vintage army gear and a vintage parachute pack. He sits behind another similarly dressed man.
Remembering Normandy, a commemorative jump

Professor of Geography and US Army veteran paratrooper Ken Nussear participated in the 75th anniversary reenactment of D-Day

Fox Creek waterfall
New mechanism found for waterfall formation

Earth history calculations could change

The Lady Muckers take on the 41st Annual International Collegiate Mining Competition

The Mackay Muckers had enough female recruits for both men's and a women's teams for the first time in five years.

Margery McKnight Carr infront of Mackay Mines building
A woman among men: Margery's story

Margery McKnight Carr was the only woman and the third in history to have graduated from the Mackay School of Mines in 1951

Wendy Calvin with Mars Rover
Wendy Calvin looks back at 15 years of working on Mars

College of Science geologist on the science team for the rover Opportunity

old photograph of two women in front of Mackay Statue
A place in history: the Mackay School

A look back at some remarkable images from the Mackay School's past.

Image of river basin developed through airborne lidar mapping technology
Revealing our dynamic landscape through new high-resolution topographic data

Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology’s regional-scale lidar mapping provides novel insights into earthquake, flood and glacial history

Damaged two-story building in Wells, Nevada, after a 6.0 earthquake in 2008
Great Nevada ShakeOut public earthquake drill Thursday, Oct. 18

University of Nevada, Reno’s seismological lab uses drill to help Nevadans learn, prepare for earthquakes

Kirkwood camera installation
Historic Sierra Nevada peak site for newest AlertTahoe network camera

College of Science's Nevada Seismological Lab goes to great heights to help firefighters

Two students in a garden
Geography students help Reno refugees cultivate roots through community garden

Service learning opportunities offered in the geography department at the University of Nevada, Reno has students building community ties for marginalized populations

Noelle Ruggieri next to an American Dance Festival sign
Member of the Pack: One of the first women to graduate in new dance major offered through the School of the Arts

Noelle Ruggieri grows as a dancer and choreographer after summer internship

Photo of Jim Bell's book: The Ultimate Interplanetary Travel Guide: A Futuristic Journey Through the Cosmos
Planetary Scientist Jim Bell will take you on a vacation through space

Discover Science Lecture Series brings solar system tour guide and astronomer to talk with community

Fly Geyser
Mineral Monday: field trip to Fly Ranch

Explore this incredible geological site and hear the Burning Man Organization's plans for the property in this special field trip edition of Mineral Monday.

Holy Fire captured on Alert Wildfire camera
Seismo Lab's AlertWildfire mountaintop camera network slated for Sonoma County

College of Science and UC San Diego team with regional agencies to help firefighting efforts

Graham Kent speaks at Tahoe Summit about AlertTahoe fire camera system
Funding for AlertTahoe fire camera network announced at Tahoe Summit

College of Science’s Graham Kent talks about successful mountaintop fire tracking system

Drawer of ore samples
Mineral Monday: Mackay Stanford Ore Deposit Collection

Explore one of the Keck Museum's off-site storage locations with curator Garrett Barmore.

Student Jolene Norton holds up her report titled "Reno Local Food Assessment."
Developing regional solutions through undergraduate research (May 2018)

Through Community-Based Research, students explore problems and offer understanding, tools and ideas to make a difference

mt lincoln weather station
Sierra mountaintop laboratory keeps track of some of the worst weather in the country

Sugar Bowl Resort, University partner to study regional weather, climate and water impacts for California and Nevada

Fire camera installation
Innovation award presented to AlertTahoe mountaintop fire camera team

College of Science leads efforts to bring internet to the wilderness for hazard monitoring

carrying equipment to AlertTahoe fire camera site
AlertWildfire mountaintop camera network tracked 240 western wildfires in 2017

College of Science leveraging technology for public safety

Two men on a boat smiling at each other and holding a core
The messy history of pristine landscapes

Researchers reconstruct the relationship between changing sociopolitical conditions and their effect on the landscape.

Volcano viewing in Kamchatka
Active volcanoes lure College of Science geologist to remote Kamchatka

Philipp Ruprecht and team get treated to several eruptions in trek on northern peninsula

Professor Wendy Calvin with two students using a portable field spectrometer.
College of Science program helps launch the first multi-university graduate course

The University of Nevada, Reno partners with five other universities nationwide to offer new topics in hydrology research.

Fulgurite on display at the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum.
Mineral Monday: Fulgurite

Each Monday, explore the many amazing minerals, fossils and historical objects on display at the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum with curator Garrett Barmore.

Campus aerial image from north campus looking toward south Reno
Nevada Seismological Lab reports swarm of 90 earthquakes in south Reno

University reports several magnitude 2 and lower quakes, no damage reported

Students pose for a photo on top of a large dirt hill
Game of drones: College of Science students test the use of unmanned aircraft systems for research

The University of Nevada, Reno partners with five universities nationwide to teach new topics in hydrological research.

A photo showing the mountain range and fault line in Pleasant Valley following the 1915 earthquake.
Get Ready for Shaking during Annual Earthquake Drill

The Great Nevada ShakeOut is Oct. 19

University of Nevada, Reno campus
The Graduate School Honors Graduate Dean’s Award Winners
slide mountain fire camera
AlertTahoe fire camera network readies for robust fire season, adds cameras

Nevada Seismological Lab system helps firefighters respond to wildfires with mountaintop monitoring

John Cushman is shown with members of his research working in the University's Greenhouse Complex.
Molecular genetics and biosystems design research improves water-use efficiency of plants

2017 Nevada Regents’ Researcher Award recognizes the contributions of CABNR Foundation Professor John Cushman

Molecular Environmental Science Lab
Controlling antimicrobial contamination of soil and water with bacteria

Environmental engineer Frank Yang wins awards with environmental contamination work

Tom Albright
Climate change increases lethal dehydration risk in desert songbirds

College of Science-led multi-institution study focuses on southwest United States

Geothermal Plant
Meet the Geothermal Energy Center’s new director

Bridget Ayling took over the director position at the GBCGE last spring

Jill Heaton handles black mamba snakes
What Namibia can teach us

University of Nevada, Reno associate professor Jill Heaton's work in the southern African nation benefits students both there and here

Annie Kell near new fault
New fault discovered in earthquake-prone Southern California region

Scripps-led study offers new insights for hazard assessment models

Register now for the Oct. 20 Great Nevada ShakeOut public earthquake drill

University’s seismological lab uses drill to help Nevadans learn, prepare for earthquakes

Students listening to lecture in a classroom
University adds 16 new academic programs

New programs range from a minor in geography geotechnologies to graduate certificates in nuclear packaging

multi-hazard monitoring
USGS awards $3.7 million for ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning System

Nevada Seismological Lab to initially integrate eastern California within the Tahoe-Truckee corridor

Watershed Management
Nevada water resources specialist receives national award

University’s John Cobourn recognized for work with floods, Lake Tahoe’s clarity and other state water issues

Adrian Harpold
Slower snowmelt affects downstream water availability in western mountains

CABNR scientist part of team studying areas with significant snowfall

tahoe invasive fish removal research
World’s water ecology, ecosystem issues addressed by new Global Water Center

New University collaboration approved by the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents

Brandon Rasmussen standing among trees
Motivated senior becomes the University’s 9th Barry Goldwater Scholar

Brandon Rasmussen receives scholarship to pursue research in geophysics and geology

Granite Range near Gerlach Nevada
Magnitude 3.9 one of 300 earthquakes near Gerlach, Nevada

Nevada Seismological Lab in College of Science continues to monitor seismic activity

Scott Tyler CTEMPs at Shasta Lake
Scott Tyler – taking the world’s temperature on land, in the sea and in the air

Lasers and fiber optic cable used for research projects around the world

Foundation Professor Scott Tyler named Fellow of American Geophysical Union

Recognized for advancements in environmental processes through novel measurement, theory and international collaboration

Governor calls on University drought experts

As appointees to the Nevada Drought Forum, Doug Boyle and Mark Walker will help set the course to water sustainability for Nevada

Professor recognized for work in the field of strong-motion earthquake research

University of Nevada, Reno Professor John Anderson awarded the 2015 Bruce A. Bolt Medal

University Geology program excels at Geological Society of America meeting in Vancouver

Students took gold, silver and bronze medals in the Student Map Competition

University professor and undergraduate student continue work with Smithsonian

Team uses LiDAR and photogrammetry technology to create 3D scans of Ichthyosaur fossils

tyler at antarctica
Climate change effects on Antarctic ice shelf monitored 24/7 with fiber optics

McMurdo ice shelf and sea water interface temperatures recorded for first time by University of Nevada, Reno researcher

Secretary of Energy Moniz visits University of Nevada, Reno to talk geothermal

Students, faculty, industry leaders, agency reps participate in informal forum on geothermal in Nevada

tahoe fire cams
University fire cameras activated at Tahoe, newest camera tracking smoke from King Fire

College of Science seismological network does double duty as fire lookout system

Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology’s Cartography and GIS Lab receive Special Achievement award

Community and campus resource nationally recognized

Climate change puts endangered Devils Hole pupfish at risk of extinction

University and DRI research shows rare fish struggling to survive

tahoe research
Fire cameras activated, invasive species and nearshore work continues at Lake Tahoe

University and DRI continue important research work in many areas

NevCAN monitoring station
Tracking socio-environmental systems of mountain areas topic of international meeting

University of Nevada, Reno chosen for first-of-its-kind scientific gathering

mountain observatories
Mountain ecosystems scientists to convene at University July 16-19

International workshop to discuss socio-ecologic issues of mountain environments

Students get shaken up in earthquake simulator; trailer comes to University campus

University of Nevada, Reno’s Nevada Seismological Lab brings training and education trailer to area schools

Professor receives international accolades for geological research

University of Nevada, Reno professor Stacia Gordon to discuss her research on partial melting at awards banquet in Vienna

University professor to be honored at National Groundwater Expo

Scott Tyler will receive the John Hem Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering in December

Using Lake Tahoe photographs to blend art and science

Peter Goin has been using his photographs and those of others to research the visual history of Lake Tahoe for 25 years.

College of Science seismological lab tracks fires with multi-hazard camera network

New platform in works to monitor environment, multi-hazards for use by statewide emergency managers

University to join in Geothermal Summit and host National Geothermal Academy

University professor to sit on discussion panel at the National Geothermal Summit

Carson City earthquake swarm attracts attention of emergency managers

Nevada Seismological Lab and Nevada Department of Emergency Management send preparedness messages

Professor Franco Biondi awarded prestigious Fellowship to Harvard

College of Science forest researcher to study climate, environment over past centuries

University of Nevada, Reno geologist receives national mining award

State Geologist Emeritus Jonathan Price nominated by colleagues

John Muntean new director of Center for Research in Economic Geology

Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering unit leads industry collaboration

EarthScope selects Graham Kent to participate in national lecture series

Seismo Lab leader to talk on novel methods for underwater paleoseismology

Nevada Seismological Lab used quake-monitoring network to track Sutter’s Mill meteorite

Ken Smith's work helped locate impact area quickly, accurately

Geological Sciences' Russell is Dec. Employee of Month

Marie Russell, an ultimate 'can-do' person, is honored

Duck, cover and hold-on in “Great Nevada ShakeOut” earthquake drill 10/18 at 10:18

Series of 145 small quakes recorded by seismological lab in past week 10 miles from campus bring awareness to drill

2012 Earth Science Week provides free geological field trip

Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology guides “Tuff All Over: Exploring Faulted Volcanic Terrain in the Painted Hills, Virginia Mountains, West of Pyramid Lake"

Geography Club to host Radical Reels Film Festival Sept. 19

University student club offers high-adrenaline film night to fund educational events

Alpine Fault study shows new evidence for regular magnitude 8 earthquakes

College of Science seismologist Glenn Biasi co-authors report with GNS Science in New Zealand

University’s National Geothermal Academy recognized for outstanding leadership

University of Nevada, Reno Academy snags spot as finalist in Geothermal Energy Association’s Honors awards

Doug Boyle
Geography Department's Douglas Boyle appointed new Nevada State Climatologist

Heads State Climate Office in College of Science public service department

Director of Geology receives Lifetime Achievement Award

University of Nevada, Reno Director of Geology recognized for his contributions in earthquake risk reduction

Seismic Characterization and Offshore Seismic Research Project at San Onofre

University of Nevada, Reno and Scripps Institution of Oceanography to collaborate

University of Nevada, Reno researchers discover new research use for plaque

Interdisciplinary work yields new, easier, less destructive way to examine diets of ancient peoples by using dental calculus

University using new tech to record Antarctic Ocean, ice temps

Climate change effects to be monitored continuously with new fiber-optic distributed temperature sensing

Nevada scientists take the world’s temperature with $1 million grant

Tyler of geosciences to travel to Antarctica to measure ocean temperatures under McMurdo Ice Shelf

Seismo lab director co-authors report on cause of San Andreas earthquakes
Professors Starrs and Goin receive prestigious award
Professor discusses vandalism, discovery of African rock art
Nevada professors collaborate on California Ag Field Guide
Geography, UN Press win PROSE honorable mention
Hydrologist Scott Tyler named to national science panel
Suarez develops new solar distillation pond methods
State demographer releases population estimates
Professor to attend Climate Change Conference
National hydrological facility on campus funded by NSF
Hansen used GPS to record an exact location for setting up a surveying monument on Revelation Mountain, AK.
The Meticulous Mapmaker

Nationally recognized map maker dodges bear to study at the University

National Geographic to feature student in documentary
Scott Tyler out in Great Basin National Park with the “Mobile Environmental Thermal Laboratory” trailer.
Taking nature's temperature

Geological Sciences professor set to collect temperature data worldwide

Nevada second in Mars University Rover competition
Three grad programs rank in top 50
Making 'mom' proud, Wesnousky accepts Tibbitts Award