Graduate Programs

Conduct your research at DRI while earning your degree through the Universities

DRI provides a learning environment strongly focused on collaborative, interdisciplinary research. DRI faculty members participate in Atmospheric, Environmental, and Hydrologic Science academic programs with the University of Nevada, Reno, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Nevada State College.


Nevada Graduate Programs Connected to DRI

Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Program - University of Nevada, Reno

Atmospheric Sciences encompasses many areas of study that explore the atmosphere’s physical characteristics, motions and processes, and how these influence all aspects of the environment and human life. Atmospheric scientists interpret and predict weather patterns, analyze climate trends, monitor air quality, working in a wide variety of agencies, laboratories, businesses and educational institutions.


Atmospheric Sciences
Vera Samburova, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor at DRI
Phone: (775) 674-7149

Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences - University of Nevada, Reno

Students within the Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Program can specialize in surface water hydraulics, watershed hydrology, water resources evaluations, water quality, geomorphology, and limnology. Specific areas of emphasis in Hydrogeology include groundwater contaminant transport, geochemical evolution of ground waters, nutrient transport processes, vadose zone hydrology, ground water resource evaluation and ground water modeling.


Hydrologic Sciences
Alexandra Lutz, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor at DRI
Phone (775) 673-7418

Environmental Sciences Graduate Program - University of Nevada, Reno

A graduate degree in environmental sciences provides opportunities to contribute to our field in impactful ways. Through comprehensive research and interdisciplinary studies, our students are challenged to address a wide-ranging assortment of rapidly changing environmental issues and concerns that are posing significant tests to the world today. Learn more about the graduate program, the admissions process and resources for student support.


Environmental Sciences
Stan Omaye
Program Director at UNR
Phone (775) 784-1375

Graduate Program in Water Resources Management - University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The Water Resources Management program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is a flexible, interdisciplinary course of study leading to a Master of Science degree. It is a technically and scientifically based program that blends the physical aspects of the hydrologic sciences with policy and management issues. Students enter the program from a wide variety of undergraduate programs, then take classes and conduct research with faculty from federal, state, and local government agencies.


Water Management Resources
Michael Nicholl
Program Director at UNLV
Phone: (702) 895-4616