Bachelor in Science - Ecohydrology
Ecohydrology is an emerging science defined by the interface between ecology and
hydrologic sciences by focusing on the interactions between components of the hydrologic
cycle and the distribution, structure, function, and dynamics of biological systems.
The Bachelor of Science in Ecohydrology at the University of Nevada Reno is the only B.S.
program offered in the United States.
What is Ecohydrology?
Ecohydrology is a new integrative science that involves finding solutions to issues
surrounding water, people, and the environment. One of the fundamental concepts
involved in ecohydrology is that the timing and availability of freshwater is intimately
linked to ecosystem processes, and the goods and services provided by fresh waters
to societies. This means that emphasis is placed on the hydrological cycle and its
effects on ecological processes and human well-being.
Why Major in Ecohydrology?
Ecohydrology provides a way for policy-makers, governments (at all levels, from
the local to the national), and civil society to work towards sustainable water
resources management by enhancing the capacity of ecosystems to absorb adverse impacts.
Concretely, this means that ecohydrology aims to reverse the degradation of ecosystem
services by regulating hydrological and ecological processes at the same time.
- field investigations of water resources;
- analysis and synthesis of data;
- reporting, including writing and presentation; and
- analysis using models, including application of geographic information systems.
What kind of salary do ecohydrologist grads earn?
In 2010, the median annual income nationwide for
hydrologist was $75,690 (Bureau
of Labor Statistics).
Who do I contact for more information about Ecohydrology?
Dr. Laurel Saito, Professor, Faculty Advisor
Phone: (775) 784-1921
Office: 220a Max Fleischmann Ag
Page last updated: 3/8/2013