Nine areas in which to change the world.

Learn about our research areas and facilities and connect with faculty as you consider topics of specialization for your degree program.

Graduate research areas and specializations

Learn more about the areas in which our faculty specialize and find an area of research that excites you.

In the lab or in the field, you can't beat the Great Basin.

Students in the Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences are surrounded by world quality facilities at the University of Nevada, Reno and the Desert Research Institute. The University campus encompasses 60 major buildings across 200 acres. There are six colleges, a division of continuing education, and four independent schools, including the School of Medicine -- all to serve more than 19,000 students. The 32-acre DRI campus is located approximately five miles north of the University. 

Research facilities

There are numerous laboratories and facilities to support the research undertaken by students in the program. For example, DRI has a certified analytical chemistry laboratory in which the staff also help train graduate and undergraduate students in the use of analytical and field instrumentation along with proper sampling methods.  The systems microbial ecology lab examines the transfer of energy and cycling of materials within ecosystems that are mediated by microbial interactions. The University has a stable isotope laboratory to measure the relative abundances (or the ratio) of the stable isotopes of C, O, H, N and S. There is an aquatic ecosystems analysis laboratory for limnological studies of aquatic ecosystems.

At DRI, the students visualize complex hydrologic data.  Both the University and DRI have Access Grid Nodes (AGN) – a video conferencing system that connects users to many sites throughout the world.  DRI also houses numerous computer clusters for hydrologic simulations.  Both DRI and the University also have dedicated computer laboratories for teaching purposes.