The 17th Annual Hydrologic Sciences Symposium

From Source to Sink: Reimagining the Applied Hydrologic Sciences

April 12-13, 2023 in SEEC S228 and online.

PDF VERSION of the schedule.

Attending remotely? Details will be emailed to registered attendees.


The 17th Annual Hydrologic Sciences Symposium at CU Boulder is organized by students affiliated with the interdisciplinary Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Program and is open to all aspects of hydrologic sciences; interdisciplinary entries are particularly encouraged (e.g. hydrogeology, hydroecology, aquatic biology, biogeochemistry, environmental and water resource engineering, etc.). 

The 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. Abstracts are accepted from graduate and undergraduate students, researchers, and faculty at CU Boulder and other colleges and universities as well as Colorado hydroscience researchers from the community and institutions such as USGS, NOAA, or NCAR.

Who is invited?

The Symposium welcomes anyone interested in hydrologic sciences. 

Present Your Research

Student abstracts were accepted until April 8, 2023. Questions? Email us at

Keynote Address

  • Thomas Adams Senior Hydrometeorological Advisor at the United States Agency for International Development

The evolution of Hydrologic Forecasting — serendipity from failure and when things don’t quite work out

Darcy Lecture

  • Alicia Wilson Professor of Hydrogeology in the School of the Earth, Ocean, and Environment at the University of South Carolina

Please check your assumptions at the coastline: 15 years of wading through salt marshes

Guest Speakers

  • Mazdak Arabi One Water Solutions Institute, Colorado State University

  • Sharon Bywater-Reyes Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Northern Colorado

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Lessons Learned from Colorado River Restoration Projects

Impacts of innovative water security solutions on water literacy: A case-study from Aurora, Colorado

  • Michael Kerwin Department of Geography and the Environment, University of Denver

Mega-drought Demands Mega-changes: Can the Western USA Learn from South Africa’s Response to the Day Zero Drought?

The Co-evolution of Humans, Climate, Water, Earth and Biota: The Next Chapter?

Understanding the Wood Regime to Support Stream Management

2023 Student Symposium Steering Committee

Hosted by

  • INSTAAR - Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research 


  • BOASE - Hydrologic Sciences and Water Resources Engineering Seminar Series

  • CEAE - Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering 

  • ENVS - Environmental Studies 

  • GEOG - Geography 

  • GEOL - Geological Sciences