Laurel Saito

( University of Nevada, Reno )


(775) 322-4990
  • Institution:University of Nevada, Reno
  • Departments: Natural Resources and Environmental Science
  • Research Fields: Aquatic Ecosystem Management, Interdisciplinary Modeling In Water Resources, Reservoir Management, Ecosystem Modeling, Stable Isotope Analysis, Surface Water Quality, Hydrodynamic Modeling, Hydrology And Hydraulic Analyses, Water Quality Data Management
  • Disciplines: Hydrology and Water Resources Science, Natural Resources and Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation and Research, Physical Sciences
  • Location:Washoe County
  • Funding:NSF - National Science Foundation


Fresh drinking water means everything to all people. Laurel Saito, director of the graduate hydrologic sciences program, is ensuring that an entire generation of scientists and educators will be working to make sure that the world’s water supply remains clean and available.

She is one of the prime forces in the country’s only undergraduate ecohydrology major. Saito’s own research focuses on novel interdisciplinary water modeling approaches on water quality.

She’s collaborated with the U.S. Geological Survey and has helped link successful cooperation on water quality issues across western U.S. interstate watersheds.