Fabian Nippgen

Assistant Professor of Watershed Hydrology

Graduate Students

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.

Viktor Stromberg

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

Co-advised with Dr. Ginger Paige.

Viktor holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Appalachian State University. His studies have brought him out west where he began his work in environmental consulting as a founding member of the environmental restoration LLC, Riparian Restoration. He is currently studying the effects of riparian vegetation on groundwater—surface water exchanges in the Laramie range. When not working, Viktor loves to play in Wyoming’s public land — snowboarding, fishing, climbing, and kiting.

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.

Undergraduate Students

Joseph Duncan

Undergraduate Researcher

Joseph is a currently a junior double majoring in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management, and Environment and Natural Resources. He is working in two different projects in the Laramie and Snowy ranges. Watershed management and research caught his eye while volunteering with Trout Unlimited. Whenever Joseph is not working, he is likely fly fishing or hunting all over the state of Wyoming.

Lab Alumni

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.

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.

Tate Beddingfield

Undergraduate Researcher

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