The 2017 Symposium will take place April 6-7, 2017

Hydroscience presentations by students, faculty, and Boulder-area researchers. Keynotes and guest talks by distinguished scientists.


2017 Theme
Collaboration and Connections:
Protecting and Restoring Water Resources


SEEC Auditorium Room 120, CU Boulder East Campus


  • Submission opens 20 Feb, 2017.
  • Abstract deadline 10 Mar, 2017.
  • Email for a link to the abstract submission page.

Keynote Speakers

  • Jill Baron: Senior Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Colorado State University - Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory
    "Scaling Nitrogen Effects and Management Issues from Small Watersheds to the Globe: Towards an International Nitrogen Management System"
  • Laurel Larsen: Assistant Professor of Physical Geography, University of California, Berkeley
    "Unraveling Complexity from Two Directions: Hydroecological Systems Seen Through the Lenses of Modeling and Data"
  • Otto Strack: Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering, University of Minnesota
    "Application of Elementary Solutions in Groundwater Modeling"
  • Brad Udall: Senior Water and Climate Research Scientist/Scholar, Colorado State University - Colorado Water Institute
    "The Collision of 19th Century Water Law, 20th Century Water Infrastructure and 21st Century Climate Change: Navigating the New Realities"

Guest Speakers

  • Laura Belanger: Water Resources and Environmental Engineer, Western Resource Advocates
    "Engineering and the Environment: Informing and Influencing Policies and Projects"
  • Anne Castle: Senior Fellow, Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment, University of Colorado, Boulder
    "The Colorado River: Where Water Scarcity Sparks Collaboration"
  • James Eklund: Director, Colorado Water Conservation Board
    "Implementing Colorado's Water Plan"

Participating Units

Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) - Center for Water, Earth Science and Technology (CWEST) - CU Graduate School - Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC) - Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering (CEAE) - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EBIO) - Environmental Studies (ENVS) -Geography (GEOG) - Geological Sciences (GEOL)


The symposium consists of posters and presentations by CU-Boulder students (graduate and undergraduate) as well as presentations by faculty and Boulder area researchers (ie USGS, NOAA, NCAR). In addition, there will be keynote and guest speakers by influential members of the hydrosciences field.

The annual symposium provides a great opportunity and friendly setting for students to learn what their fellow students and researchers are doing, both within and outside their sub-discipline.

Who's Invited?

The Symposium is open to all CU-Boulder students (grad & undergrad) and faculty working in any aspect of hydrologic sciences, especially those doing interdisciplinary research (e.g. hydrogeology, hydroecology, aquatic biology, biogeochemistry, environmental and water resource engineering, etc.). We also invite hydroscience researchers in the Boulder area to submit an abstract (ie, USGS, NOAA, NCAR). Submitting a poster or talk that you have already presented at another conference is fine, as long as it does not violate an agreement you made with the other conference. Making a presentation of a collaborative study for which you are not first author is fine too, as long as you made a substantial contribution and are familiar with all aspects of the study.

More information

Abstracts should be no longer than 3000 characters (about 400 words). Up to three figures may be submitted. See the "Submit Abstract" page for more details. Other questions? Email us at


Graduate student Kim Raby (ENVS & INSTAAR) collects water quality samples in Cunningham Gulch outside of Silverton, Colorado, August 2004. An EPA study used water quality as an indicator of ecosystem health, with data subsequently fed into a scientifically based decision support tool for county land-use planners and resource managers. Photo: Susan Padgett (CU Denver).


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