Dr. Douglas Sims

( College of Southern Nevada )


(702) 651-3627
  • Institution:College of Southern Nevada
  • Departments: Dean, School Of Science, Engineering, And Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Water Chemistry
  • Research Fields: Water, Chemistry, Geochemistry
  • Disciplines: Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Geochemistry, Hydrology and Water Resources Science, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Sciences
  • Location:Clark County
  • Funding:BLM - Bureau of Land Management, DoD - Department of Defense, DoE - Department of Energy, EPSCoR - Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, INBRE - IdeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NIH - National Institutes of Health, NSF - National Science Foundation, Private Industry, Space Grant - National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, USGS - U.S. Geological Survey


Dr. Sims has mentored dozens of undergraduate and postgraduate students over the years from basic lab and field techniques to postgraduate (MS and PhD) students through their programs. He enjoys helping budding scientist become comfortable with the field and to guide them in the direction of their choose. He specializes in teaching students high-value instrumentation use and function such as LCMSMS, ICP-MS, SEM-EDS, and many more so that students can leave the university/college with industry skills.


Douglas Sims is Dean, School of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics at the College of Southern Nevada. He leads a school of more than 280 staff (FT and PT) serving 18000+ students. His focus is in sediments, geochemistry, environmental chemistry, and paleohydrology in the Southern Great Basin and Mojave Desert. Current projects are paleohydrology of desert playas, trace metals scavenging by rock varnish, surface water quality, and sediment migration and transport of trace metals in agricultural soils.