Fabian Nippgen

Assistant Professor of Watershed Hydrology

Cole Green-Smith

MS student - Remote sensing of soil moisture 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.

Kyle Fitch

MS student - Effect of beaver impoundments on surface water connectivity

Kyle is an interdisciplinary MS student pursuing a degree in rangeland ecology and watershed management. His previous work ranges from the study of bulk finite strain across the PA salient, to thermal heterogeneities within urban streams in upstate NY. Outside of research, Kyle enjoys running, hiking, guitar, piano, and singing. Currently, he is studying the impact of beaver dams on surface and ground water movement in the Laramie range. Contact via email:

Wyatt Schiermeyer

Undergraduate Researcher

Wyatt is currently a senior in the Geology department and is working on a BS in Environmental Geology/Geohydrology with the intent to graduate December of 2019. His undergraduate research explores the use of UAVs to measure changes in turbidity in 1st to 3rd order streams and how beaver impoundments can reduce sediment export of watersheds. Along with his own project, he will be assisting Cole and Kyle with their research. Outside of school, Wyatt is an eager outdoorsman that spends his free time hiking, fishing, and dirt biking