Gayle Dana

( Desert Research Institute )


(775) 674-7538
  • Institution:Desert Research Institute
  • Departments: Division of Hydrologic Sciences
  • Research Fields: Snow Hydrology, Glacier Hydrology, Watersheds, Energy Balance, Evaporation, TMDLs
  • Disciplines: Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Biology, General, Hydrology and Water Resources Science, Physical Sciences
  • Location:Washoe County
  • Funding:EPSCoR - Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, NSF - National Science Foundation


Dr. Dana is the NSF EPSCoR Project Director and the Nevada State EPSCoR Director. Dr. Dana’s expertise is in surface water hydrology and energy balance of desert, seasonally snow-covered, and polar regions. Present research projects include 1) nutrient and sediment source assessment for TMDL development in the Lake Tahoe and Truckee River Watersheds; (2) hydrochemical modeling in a Lake Tahoe watershed (3) effects of fire on nutrient dynamics in forested watersheds, (4) evaporation from lakes and reservoirs in support of the Truckee River Operating Agreement, and (5) spatially distributed energy balance modeling for climate change detection in Antarctica. Dr. Dana is the Science Advisor to the Truckee River TMDL and Watershed Council, and is a collaborator with the McMurdo Dry Valleys Long Term Ecological Research project.