Fabian Nippgen

Associate Professor of Watershed Hydrology

Graduate Students

Salar Jarhan

PhD student - Modeling of water resources in snow-dominated systems

Co-advised with Dr. Ginger Paige

Salar joined the lab in fall of 2021. He received his B. Sc. from university of Tabriz (Iran) and M. Sc. from TU Dresden (Germany), where he already worked on large-scale hydrologic modeling and calibration. At UW, Salar works on modeling water resources in the Snowy Mountains by utilizing observational data at three different levels.  His research aims to improve current methods to monitor and model runoff generated by snowmelt in Wyoming’s mountain ranges. For recreation, Salar enjoys hiking, working out, and learning new languages.

Cole Green-Smith

MS student - Remote sensing of snow and runoff source areas

After graduating from Colorado State University in 2013 with a BS in Environmental Geology, Cole worked as a hydrogeologist and hydrologist for both private industry and government agencies. The pursuits of understanding natural systems (especially involving water) continue to drive Cole’s curiosity about his surroundings and human interactions with the environment. Through attending UWyo’s interdisciplinary Water Resources program, Cole hopes to expand his education and eventually help offer solutions to water issues in the western United States. When not looking at water, rocks or data, Cole can likely be found in the Desert Southwest, or any of the mountain ranges throughout Wyoming….climbing, hiking, skiing, drawing, and making music. 

Undergraduate Students



Fury joined the lab in the fall of 2019. In the field, her main tasks are 1) making sure no moose sneaks up on us, 2) digging holes, and 3) getting mud and water all over the field equipment. In the office, she requests pets from anybody entering.

Lab Alumni

Viktor Stromberg

MS student – Ecohydrological impacts on hyporheic exchange flow of mountain streams. 

Co-advised with Dr. Ginger Paige.

Viktor defended his thesis Spring 2023.

Clay Wells

Undergraduate Researcher

Clay graduated Spring 2023.

Paul Dubanski

Undergraduate Researcher

Paul will graduate Fall 2023.

Simon Martinez

Undergraduate Researcher

Simon graduated Spring 2023.

Katelyn Mitchem

Undergraduate Researcher

Katelyn graduated Spring 2023.

Tate Beddingfield

Undergraduate Researcher

Tate graduated in May 2021 with a BS in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management and Environment and Natural Resources.

Kyle Fitch

MS student - Deciphering beaver pond dynamics via remote sensing: Understanding landscape controls on  beaver  impoundment  area in  small  headwater catchments

Kyle defended his thesis in April 2021.

Joseph Duncan

Undergraduate Researcher

Joseph graduated Spring 2023.

Wyatt Schiermeyer

Undergraduate Researcher

Wyatt graduated December 2019 with a degree Environmental Geology/Geohydrology from the Geology department. His undergraduate research explored the use of UAVs to measure changes in turbidity in the Laramie River, WY.

Elijah True

Undergraduate Researcher

Elijah worked on a project on riparian ecohydrology in the Laramie Range, alongside other graduate and undergraduate researchers.