WRM Student Research


  • Bunk, Daniel. Changing demands from riparian ET and free water evaporation in the lower Colorado River Basin under different climate scenarios. (Advisor: Dr. Piechota)
  • Pakzadeh, Behrooz. Evaluation of artificial neural network and ARIMA modeling in forecasting inflow to Lake Powell. (Advisor: Dr. Abella)
  • Schwaebe, Lynn. Spawning, veliger growth, and desiccation of Dreissena Bugensis. (Advisors: Dr. Acharya, Dr. Nicholl)


  • Bird, Brian. Temporal and spatial assessment of evaporation, transpiration, and soil moisture redistribution. (Advisor: Dr. Devitt)
  • Kasimtseva, Nataliya. Removal of arsenic and strontium from aqueous solution using iron oxide coated zeolitized tuff. (Advisor: Dr. Papelis)
  • Link, Carolyn. Filtration and growth rate of Lake Mead quagga mussels (Dreissena bugensis) in laboratory studies and analyses of bioconcentration. (Advisors: Dr. Acharya, Dr. Papelis)
  • Lodhi, Amina. Detention basins for phosphorus and sediment control in Clark County, Nevada,. (Advisors: Dr. Acharya, Dr. Yu)


  • Giovine, Luke. A comparative analysis on the cultural demise of Native American Indians and the Spanish colonial government due to the lack of water management in the arid southwest (Advisor: Dr. Papelis)
  • Goreham, John. Bending of woody riparian vegetation as a function of hydraulic flow conditions. (Advisors: Dr. Stone, Dr. Yu)
  • Miller, Aaron. Water quality changes in a constructed wetland at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, NV. (Advisor: Dr. Gerstenberger)
  • Zimmerman, John. Improving sample collection methodology for soil vapor and soil contaminated with volatile organic compounds. (Advisor: Dr. Kreamer)


  • Brandt, Amanda. Modeling the unsaturated zone at the Area 5 Radioactive Waste Management Site: Effects of climate change and vegetation on flow conditions. (Advisors: Dr. Young, Dr. Kreamer)
  • Franky, Charlotte. An evaluation of model robustness: The system dynamics-based Gila/San Francisco River Basin decision support. (Advisor: Dr. Papelis)
  • Lockett, Anne. Quantifying the impact of reuse water on the soil and turf grass quality of golf courses. (Advisor: Dr. Devitt)
  • Pompeo, Jeffrie. Surface water interaction with the flood plain in the lower Virgin River Clark County, Nevada. (Advisor: Dr. Yu)
  • Shibeshi, Tesfaye. Preparation of iron oxide coated zeolitized tuffs for anion and cation sorption. (Advisor: Dr. Papelis)
  • Turkett, Warren. Evaluation of multi-probe environmental monitoring equipment with interagency cooperative sampling events in Lake Mead. (Advisor: Dr. Papelis)
  • Williams, Alan. The effect of erosion control structures on the distribution of selected nutrients and metals in the sediments of the Salt River, Arizona. (Advisor: Dr. Papelis)


  • Baron, Alexander. Interaction of surface and subsurface hydrological processes in the Lower Virgin Valley. (Advisors: Dr. Yu, Dr. Zhu)
  • Boettcher, Tracy. The effect of erosion control structures on the distribution of selected nutrients and metals in the sediments of the Las Vegas Wash. (Advisor: Dr. Papelis)
  • Dodds, Jeremy. Evapotranspiration monitoring methods within an irrigated mixed vegetation environment. (Advisors: Dr. Stone, Dr. Papelis)
  • Miller, Anthony. Dendrochronology and streamflow reconstructions in the Colorado River Basin. (Advisor: Dr. Papelis)


  • Benneman, Bud. Horizontal unsaturated flow across a single fracture. (Advisor: Dr. Nicholl)
  • Habte, Aron. On evaluating density driven groundwater flow in the closed basin. (Advisor: Dr. Yu)
  • Roslyn, Ryan. An analysis of the acoustic doppler velocimeter in low flow environments along the Las Vegas wash. (Advisors: Dr. Kreamer)
  • Shanahan, Seth. Phytoremediation of perchlorate by native and exotic riparian phreatophytes of the Las Vegas Wash, Nevada. (Advisor: Dr. Papelis)
  • Tighi, Shana. Uncertainty analysis: mid-term operational model for the lower Colorado River. (Advisor: Dr. Papelis)


  • Pan, Feng, Uncertainty analysis of radionuclide transport in the unsaturated zone at Yucca Mountain. (Advisors: Dr. Yu and Dr. Ye)


  • Koonce, Jeremy. Geochemical interpretation on groundwater flow in the Southern Great Basin. (Advisor: Dr. Yu)
  • Tanko, Daron. Kytoon observation of the Lake Mead boundary layer. (Advisor: Dr. Kreamer)


  • Brown, Christopher. The effects of irrigation and nitrogen management on water use of Tall Fescue. (Advisor: Dr. Devitt)
  • Cloud, Sarah. Testing the potential of system dynamics models for improving public participation in resource management. (Advisor: Dr. Stave)
  • Schaan, Christopher. Cyclic irrigation of turfgrass using a shallow saline aquifer. (Advisor: Dr. Devitt)


  • Brown, Nicole. Modeling the diffusion of reactive and nonreactive solutes in cores from the Cannikin Test Site, Amchitka Island, Alaska. (Advisor: Dr. Papelis)


  • Leskys, Algirdas. Response of Tall Fescue to saline water as influenced by leaching fractions and irrigation uniformity distribution. (Advisor: Dr. Devitt)


  • Desotell, Lloyd. Radionuclide dose assessment of groundwater migrating from the Bentham Event, NTS: A solute flux approach. (Advisor: Dr. Andricevic)
  • Sloop, Derek. Equilibrium studies of ion sorption on zeolitized tuff from Rainier Mesa, Nye County, Nevada. (Advisor: Dr. Papelis)


  • Buchanan, Timothy. The potential for use of storm water detention basins in the Las Vegas Valley for groundwater recharge. (Advisor: Dr. French)
  • Lawson, Stephen. Sublimation from snow packs in Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada and Dixie National Forest, Utah. (Advisor: Dr. Kreamer)
  • Sims, Douglas. The migration of arsenic and lead in surface sediments at Three Kids Mine, Henderson, Nevada. (Advisor: Dr. Hodge)
  • Zikmund, Kimberly. Potential use of high-salinity shallow ground or wash water for large-scale turf irrigation in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Advisor: Dr. Devitt)


  • Cox, Sara. Relationships between the groundwaters of Ash Meadows, Death Valley, Pahranagat Valley and the Nevada Test Site based on statistical analysis and modeling of trace element data. (Advisor: Dr. Hodge)
  • Earman, Samuel. The impact of nonpoint source pollution from mining wastes on water quality, Elko County, Nevada. (Advisor: Dr. Mizell)
  • Farmer, Dennis. Investigation of regional flow patterns in the Ash Meadows ground-water basin of southern Nevada using uranium isotope ratio. (Advisor: Dr. Hodge)
  • Miller, Julianne. Comparison of models to mitigate flood hazard to transportation alignments on alluvial fans. (Advisor: Dr. French)
  • Yelken, Mary. Trace element analysis of selected springs in the Virgin River Basin. (Advisor: Dr. Kreamer)


  • Rajagopalan, Vasanthakumar. Influence of grain size of a porous medium on the movement of diesel fuel due to water table fluctuations. (Advisor: Dr. Kreamer)
  • Shirley, Craig. Hydrostratigraphic units within the alluvium and tertiary volcanics of east central Yucca Flat, Nevada Test Site. (Advisor: Dr. Seaber)
  • Vallikat, Vinod. Transport of solutes in complex hydrogeological media. (Advisor: Dr. Andricevic)
  • Zukosky, Kim. An assessment of the potential to use water chemistry parameters to define ground water flow pathways at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. (Advisor: Dr. Kreamer)


  • Bashor, Arthur. Groundwater contamination by selenium, nitrate, coliform bacteria, and volatile organic compounds in the Las Vegas Valley, Nevada, shallow aquifer zone. (Advisor: Dr. Kreamer)


  • Sabapathi, Jaishankar. Effect of water table fluctuations on petroleum contamination distribution. (Advisor: Dr. Kreamer)
  • Schmeltzer, John. Effects of soil moisture, soil carbonate and organic matter contents on vapor phase sorption of volatile organic compounds using inverse gas chromatography. (Advisors: Dr. Steinberg and Dr. Kreamer)