Andy Rost

Andy Rost

Teaching Associate Professor


Dr. Andy Rost is a Teaching Associate Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe campus where he teaches a range of Earth, Environmental Science, and Ecology classes. His teaching emphasizes placed-based instruction that highlights the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin Regions. As much as possible, he utilizes immersive field experiences as a powerful pedagogical tool to create highly impactful, student-centered, educational experiences. He is currently a Co-PI on an NSF-funded project in undergraduate biology education, RIVERS, that focuses on increasing the quantity and quality of river-based field courses at institutions throughout the United States. 

Research Interests

  • Experiential Education
  • Natural History
  • Stream Ecology
  • Benthic Algae
  • Stalked Diatoms
  • Water Resource Management


  • BA Political Science University of Vermont
  • MS Hydrologic Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno
  • PhD Hydrologic Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno


    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Outdoor Leadership
    • California Naturalist
    • Swiftwater Rescue
    • Wilderness First Aid

Selected Publications

  • Vonesh, J., Rost, A., Perry, D., McLaughlin, J., Storck, S., Brown, M., Laninga, T., Rugenski,
    A., Viers, J. 2019, RMS and Universities Collaborate to create a RIVER Field Studies Network, RMS Journal, vol. 32(3)
  • Rost, A.L., C.H. Fritsen, 2014. Influence of a tributary stream on benthic communities in a Didymosphenia geminata impacted stream in the Sierra Nevada, USA, Diatom Research 29(3) 249-257
  • Rost, A.L., C.H. Fritsen, & C.J. Davis, 2011. Distribution of Didymosphenia geminata in Sierra Nevada streams in relation to water chemistry and bedrock geology, Hydrobiologia 665:157-167
  • Rost, A. L., C. H. Fritsen, J. Memmott, C. Davis & E. Wirthlin, 2008. Environmental controls and potential food web impacts of Didymosphenia geminata, a comparative ecosystem study. In Bothwell, M. L. & S. A. Spaulding (eds), Proceedings of the 2007 International Workshop on Didymosphenia geminata. Canadian Technical Report on Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2795: 25.

Courses taught

  • Research Methods
  • Senior Research
  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Fundamentals of Environmental Interpretation
  • Hydrology and Water Resources
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Stream Ecology
  • Introduction to Geology
  • Natural History of the Rogue River
  • Snow Hydrology
  • Climate Change
  • Meteorology
  • California Naturalist
  • Lake Tahoe Basin Ecosystems
  • Nevada Energy Systems Field Course
  • Geology field courses (Lake Tahoe Basin, Pt. Reyes, Yosemite, Sierra Nevada)
  • Fire Ecology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Introduction to Outdoor Skills
  • Introduction to Sustainability
  • New Freshman Orientation