Research

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

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

  • Climate science

    Climate science specializations

    • Atmospheric modeling
    • Carbon sequestration
    • Climate science
    • Dendrochronology
    • Environmental science
    • Global change
    • Ice cores
    • Paleoecology
    • Paleohydrology
    • Snow
  • Ecohydrology

    Ecohydrology research specializations

    • Aquatic biology
    • Aquatic ecology
    • Aquatic ecosystem modeling
    • Aquatic restoration
    • Dendrochronolgy
    • Ecohydrology
    • Ecology
    • Ecosystem ecology
    • Environmental Science
    • Evapotranspiration
    • Geomorphology
    • Ground water/surface water interations
    • Hydrology
    • Hyporheic exchange
    • Limnology
    • Paleoecology
    • Paleohydrology
    • Plant science
    • Riparian hydrology
    • Snow
    • Stream restoration
    • Watershed processes
    • Wetlands
  • Geochemistry

    Geochemistry research specializations

    • Atmospheric pollution
    • Biogeochemical cycles
    • Biogeochemistry
    • Carbon dating
    • Contaminant transport
    • Denitrification
    • Environmental science
    • Geochemistry
    • Geology
    • Geophysics
    • GIS/spatial analysis
    • Ice cores
    • Isotope geochemistry
    • Limnology
    • Nutrient cycling
    • Risk assessment
    • Soil chemistry
    • Water quality
    • Wetlands
  • Geomorphology

    Research specializations

    • Geology
    • Geomorphology
    • Geophysics
    • GIS/spatial analysis
    • Sediment transport
    • Soil science/pedology
    • Watershed processes
  • Hydrogeology

    Research specializations

    • Carbon sequestration
    • Contaminant transport
    • Evapotransportation
    • Extreme value theory
    • Geology
    • Geophysics
    • GIS/spatial analysis
    • Ground water/surface water interactions
    • Heterogeneous systems
    • Hydrogeology
    • Hyporheic exchange
    • Isotope geochemistry
    • Numerical methods
    • Paleohydrology
    • Scaling of hydrologic processes
    • Seismology
    • Stochastic processes
    • Vadose zone hydrology
    • Water quality
    • Water resource assessment/evaluation
    • Water resources engineering
    • Water resources in developing countries
  • Hydrology

    Research specializations

    • Contaminant transport
    • Ecohydrology
    • Evapotranspiration
    • GIS/spatial analysis
    • Ground water/surface water interactions
    • Hydrology
    • Ice cores
    • Isotope geochemistry
    • Limnology
    • Numerical methods
    • Paleohydrology
    • Riparian hydrology
    • Snow
    • Stochastic processes
    • Surface water hydrology
    • Water quality
    • Water resource assessment/evaluation
    • Water resources in developing countries
    • Watershed processes
  • International water resources

    Research specializations

    • Agriculture/irrigation
    • Contaminant transport
    • Geology
    • Geophysics
    • Hydrogeology
    • International work
    • Surface water hydrology
    • Water policy
    • Water quality
    • Water resource assessment/evaluation
    • Water resources in developing countries
  • Modeling

    Research specializations

    • 3-D numerical modeling
    • Aquatic ecosystem modeling
    • Atmospheric modeling
    • Contaminant transport
    • Extreme value theory
    • GIS/spatial analysis
    • Interdisciplinary modeling
    • Modeling
    • Numerical methods
    • Remote sensing
    • Scaling of hydrologic processes
    • Snow
    • Statistical analysis
    • Stochastic processes
    • Thermal modeling
    • Water quality modeling
  • Monitoring and methods

    Research specializations

    • Agriculture/irrigation
    • Aquatic restoration
    • Carbon dating
    • Dendrochronology
    • Desalination
    • Education/technical training
    • Geothermal energy
    • Modeling
    • Monitoring
    • Remote sensing
    • Risk assessment
    • Snow
    • Stream restoration
    • Water policy
    • Water resource economics

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 can work in conjunction with the Applied Innovation Center for Advanced Analytics (AIC) to visualize complex hydrologic data.  Both UNR and DRI have Access Grid Nodes which is 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.