Dr. Brad Sion

( Desert Research Institute )


(803) 917-7794
  • Institutions:Desert Research Institute, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Departments: Department Of Geological Science And Engineering, Division Of Earth And Ecosystem Sciences
  • Research Fields: Quaternary Geology, Pedology, Hydrology
  • Disciplines: Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Physical Sciences
  • Funding:DoD - Department of Defense, DRI - Desert Research Institute


I have mentored students with a variety of experience levels and in varying capacity during my time at DRI. I have served on five graduate student committees (1 PhD and 4 MS) and currently mentor three postdoctoral researchers. I have also mentored several students in the field and laboratory settings outside of a student committee member role.


Brad Sion is an Assistant Research Professor of Geomorphology at the Desert Research Institute. He has a BS in Geology and Environmental Geoscience from the College of Charleston, and an MS and PhD in Hydrology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology with a focus on geomorphology and Quaternary geology. Brad began his research career in central New Mexico studying soils and landscape evolution. His research has expanded to areas in southern Nevada, central and southern California, and parts of the midwestern US, and focuses on soil geomorphology and applied soils research. He currently participates in a wide range of research projects that specifically rely on the use of soil datasets to infer landscape characteristics and processes. Examples include vehicle trafficability, surficial geologic mapping, effects of Quaternary climate change on landscape stability, and timing and rates of geomorphic processes.