The Watershed Hydrology Lab at the University of Wyoming studies how watershed structure (e.g. topography and vegetation) and climatic variability influence various metrics of watershed hydrologic response of natural and anthropogenically altered landscapes. To date, the research has focused on streamflow dynamics, the spatial distribution of water stored in a watershed, runoff source areas, and watershed memory effects. Approaches to disentangle these relationships in both natural and disturbed environments include a combination of field-based, remote sensing, and modeling methodologies. General interests include–but are not limited to–the following:

  • Watershed hydrology
  • Storage and memory (i.e. carry-over) effects
  • Evapotranspiration
  • Drone-based remote sensing
  • Snow hydrology
  • Disturbed/designed systems
  • Runoff source areas
  • (Shallow) groundwater dynamics

If you are interested in joining the lab, please send me an email at


  • NEW CLASS IN FALL 2019: REWM 4540, Drone-Based Remote Sensing.

  • Congrats to MS student Cole Green-Smith for winning 2nd price for his UCOWR poster presentation!

  • Congrats to undergraduate researcher Wyatt Schiermeyer for receiving a 2019 Wyoming NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Research Fellowship AND being accepted into the Wyoming Research Scholars Program!

Snowy Mountains, WY

Contact Information

Fabian Nippgen

UWyo Watershed Hydrology Lab

Department of Ecosystem Science and Management

University of Wyoming

Ag C 2009

Laramie, WY 82071

(307) 766-5012