Why Interdisciplinary Research?

Interdisciplinary environmental graduate programs at the University of Nevada, Reno, offer graduate students the opportunity to work on novel research that often spans multiple disciplines.  Taking an interdisciplinary approach is increasingly needed to successfully address today’s complex environmental issues.

Students participating in our programs in Atmospheric Sciences; Environmental Sciences; Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology; and Hydrologic Sciences are given the opportunity to work with outstanding UNR and DRI faculty, and to develop the knowledge and skills needed to enter the professional workplace and to make substantial contributions to their respective fields.


Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology (EECB) is a multidisciplinary Ph.D. program. Research strengths include population biology, behavioral ecology, plant responses to climate change, conservation of endangered species and restoration of natural ecosystems.

Environmental Sciences promotes an interdisciplinary approach encompassing the fields of chemistry, geology, biology, ecology, physics, and human health.  


Hydrologic Sciences offers two tracks: hydrology, focusing track on surface water processes, watershed science and ecohydrology; and hydrogeology with a focus on subsurface flow, transport and geochemistry.

Atmospheric Sciences is a research-based interdisciplinary graduate program leading to a M.S. or Ph.D. The program is offered through a partnership between the University's Department of Physics and DRI's Division of Atmospheric Sciences.