Aquatic Ecology Laboratory

Lab Description

The Aquatic Ecology Laboratory conducts studies to examine the relationships between environmental factors and the structure and function of aquatic invertebrates and vertebrate communities. We work to develop strategies that minimize environmental influences of land-use practices by examining the effects of anthropogenic and natural disturbances on aquatic ecosystems. We also examine biogeography, taxonomy, and habitat preference of common and rare aquatic organisms in springs and rivers. We work closely with local, state, federal, and non-profit organizations to assists them in creating management strategies for aquatic projects.



John Umek, Ph.D.
Lab Director 


Desert Research Institute
2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512


Hydrologic Sciences