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 and modeling methodologies. General interests include–but are not limited to–the following:

  • Watershed hydrology
  • Storage and memory (i.e. carry-over) effects
  • Evapotranspiration
  • 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


Our latest paper on the effects of mountaintop mining on streamflow quantity and quality published in Environmental Science and Technology:

Nippgen, et al., Creating a More Perennial Problem? Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Enhances and Sustains Saline Baseflows of Appalachian Watersheds, Environmental Science & Technology, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b02288

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Open position: I am currently recruiting a motivated PhD student for a project on evapotranspiration variability and potential effects on watershed storage. Part of this PhD is funded by a Wyoming NASA Space Grant. Start date would be Fall 2018 or Spring 2019. Email me if you are interested:

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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