Thomas Ott

Graduate student
Thomas Ott smiling outside next to crops being watered by equipment.
When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.
Benjamin Franklin


As the quote above suggests, we do not know the worth of water until there is none left. This quote resonates with my research and with my interests, water sustainability, specifically in the context of agriculture.

Once completing my BS in hydrogeology at the University of Nevada, Reno, I decided to apply for the University’s Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences. After being accepted, I began work with my advisor, Justin Huntington, Ph.D., using remote sensing techniques to estimate evapotranspiration in central Nevada and comparing to pumping rates. Our goal is to help farmers use their water more efficiently and sustainably.