05 2018 (May)

Ecosystem science and management student wins UW’s outstanding thesis award

Researcher seated at camp table timing water flows with various pieces of equipment.
Carey runs a computer-controlled rainfall simulation experiment coupled with ERT (Electrical Resistivity Tomography) in the Crow Creek watershed east of Laramie.

Graduate student Austin Carey in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management received the Outstanding Master’s Thesis award for the University of Wyoming.

Carey graduated in December 2016 with a master’s degree in rangeland ecology and watershed management with a dual degree in water resources through the water resources program. His thesis was, “Partitioning surface and subsurface flow in a semi-arid rangeland watershed.”

His research focused on understanding and measuring the partition of rainfall into surface and subsurface flow on a rangeland watershed, says his adviser, Professor Ginger Paige.

She says his thesis was written in five chapters, three of which were written as publications. Two have been published, and a third is in preparation for submission.