Assistant Research Scientist, Hydrogeologist
Daniel Saftner is an Assistant Research Hydrogeologist in the Division of Hydrologic Sciences at DRI specializing in water resources sustainability in arid regions. Dan’s current research focus is on rural drinking water supplies, specifically, arsenic in private well waters and groundwater security of small community water systems. He develops hydrologic tools and models used in human health studies and water management decision making pertaining to drinking water, environmental health, and sustainable recreation. As a member of the Microplastics and Environmental Chemistry Laboratory, Dan has a keen interest in the study of emerging environmental contaminants, including the distribution, sources, and fate of microplastics and PFAS in surface waters from the Mekong River of southeast Asia to hot springs in the Great Basin. Dan received his B.S. in Geology at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his M.S. from the University of Nevada, Reno. He was a Fulbright Scholar studying the geochemical controls of rural drinking water supplies in Niger, West Africa. Dans experiences as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon continue to motivate him to use his background in environmental sciences to serve disadvantaged populations.
hydrogeology of arid environments, water resources sustainability, rural drinking water supply, water quality, environmental exposures
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Developing a rapid-response tool for detecting algae using Landsat imagery, National Park Service GBCESU, September 1, 2014-December 31, 2016, P11AC8R001/P14AC01522
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Drinking Water Quality Analysis in Northern Nevada Residents and Behavior Change Among Domestic Well Users, NWRA Annual Conference: Las Vegas, NV
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Microplastics in the Mekong River, Cambodia: Preliminary results, Frontiers in Hydrology: San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Empowering Private Well Users in Rural Nevada to Monitor and Improve Drinking Water Quality through Free At-Home Testing and Community Participation, Frontiers in Hydrology: San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Plastic pollution in the Mekong River and Tonle Sap, Cambodia, North American congress for Conservation Biology: Reno, NV
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Living in a Geothermal Environment: The Impact of Geothermal and Tectonic Activity on Arsenic Concentrations in Domestic Wells in Northern Nevada and Northeastern California, USA, AGU Fall Meeting 2021: New Orleans, LA
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Naturally-occurring Heavy Metals in Unregulated Domestic Wells in Northern Nevada, USA: Assessing Geohealth Risks for Homes With or Without Water Treatment Systems, AGU Fall Meeting 2021: New Orleans, LA
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NASA Proposal Writing Workshop, NV Space Grant and NASA EPSCoR Statewide Virtual Meeting: Reno and Las Vegas, NV, April 30, 2021
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NASA Proposal Writing Workshop, Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Webinar: Reno and Las Vegas, NV, February 18, 2021
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