The 2018 Symposium will take place April 12-13, 2018

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


2018 Theme
Hydrology Horizons:
Innovations in Water Science


SEEC Auditorium Room 120, CU Boulder East Campus


  • Submission opens 19 Feb, 2018.
  • Abstract deadline 23 Mar, 2018.
  • Email for a link to the abstract submission page.

Keynote Speakers

  • Masaki Hayashi: Professor of Geoscience, University of Calgary; 2018 Henry Darcy Lecturer.
  • Erin Hotchkiss: Assistant Professor of Biology, Virginia Tech.
  • Cindy Paulson: Senior VP & Chief Technical Officer, Brown & Caldwell.

Local Guest Speakers

  • Jennifer Back: National Wild & Scenic Rivers Program Co-Lead, NPS.
  • Rebecca Barnes: Assistant Professor of Env. Science, Colorado College.
  • Tzahi Cath: Professor of Engineering, Colorado School of Mines.
  • Sheila Murphy: Research Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey.
  • Sara Rathburn: Professor of Geology, Colorado State University.
  • Mike SanClements: Scientist, National Ecological Observatory network.

CU Professor Guest Speakers

  • Katja Friedrich: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department.
  • Eve-Lyn Hinckley: Environmental Studies Program.
  • Joe Ryan: Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering Department.

Hosted by

  • CWEST - Center for Water, Earth Science and Technology
  • INSTAAR - Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research

Participating Units

  • CU Graduate School
  • ATOC - Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
  • CEAE - Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering
  • EBIO - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • ENVS - Environmental Studies
  • GEOG - Geography
  • GEOL - Geological Sciences


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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