Dale Devitt

Dale Devitt


Life Sciences
SEB 4172
Mail Code


Dale Devitt is a soil and water scientist who focuses his research on soil plant water relationships in arid environments. Much of his research has addressed osmotic and matric interactions on plants, with special emphasis on irrigated systems with poor quality water. He currently is the UNLV water component lead of the NSF EPSCoR climate change study in which two transects comprised of sophisticated weather stations are being placed on two mountain ranges in Nevada.

He is also the Director of the Center for Urban Water Conservation that conducts both applied and basic research related to urban water related issues. A current study is investigating the fate and transport of pharmaceuticals in turfgrass systems irrigated with recycled water.

Dale Devitt received his B.S. degree in Environmental Science, M.S. degree in Soil Science and Ph.D. in Soil Science all at the University of California Riverside. He is the author of 72 peer reviewed publications and one book. In his spare time he interacts with community-based organization addressing homelessness, is an avid wine maker and enjoys the outdoors.


Soil and Water Scientist, Water Management, Water Conservation, Water Quality, Evapotranspiration, Salinity, Climate Change, Biofuels


I am the Director of the Center for Urban Water Conservation. My research focuses on water use in urban areas. However, recently my research has also focused on water use at the ecosystem level assessing potential environmental consequences of water diversion and or climate change.

Additional Information

SEB Program Group: Arid Lands Soil-Plant-Water Stress Interactions
SEB Lab Location: 4157
SEB Lab Phone Number: 702-895-4699