Aquatic Ecosystems Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno

The Aquatic Ecosystems Analysis laboratory conducts limnological studies related to the restoration or conservation of aquatic ecosystems. We recognize that science is critical in developing long-term and sustainable public policy. We work closely with local, state, federal, tribal, and non-profit organizations to assist them in creating management strategies for their projects. These projects include the recovery of native species, management of invasive species, understanding the impacts of land use change (mining, urbanization, etc) and eutrophication on aquatic ecosystem health. We also assist in the development of natural resource management and conservation plans for the largest, freshwater fishes of the world.

Aquatic Ecosystems Analysis Lab - About Us

Our Projects

We are committed to working on projects that assist agencies & nongovernmental organizations in conserving and restoring aquatic ecosystems or improving basic knowledge in the field of limnology. Many of our projects focus on local, regional, or international issues.

Find out more about the Aquatic Ecosystems Lab's projects.

The Aquatic Ecosystems Laboratory is located on the main campus of the University of Nevada-Reno in the Department of Biology. Come talk to us about limnology or whatever aquatic is on your mind!

Classes for Spring Semester 2014:

GEOL 701K Paleolimnology

This course will examine the methods used in the acquisition of lake records,establishing age control, and will explore numerous proxies used in lake core analysis that span disciplines of sedimentology, paleontology, geochemistry, and geophysics. For more details about the course, please contact Dr. Paula Noble.

AEAL Internship Opportunities:

Castle Lake Research Station Summer 2014 Internship

The Aquatic Ecosystems Analysis Laboratory (AEAL) will hire 3 undergraduate researchers ($10/hr) to work at Castle Station (June 1 - Aug 22) and on weekends from Aug 29-Sept 28 to assist in the collection of ecological information from the lake and watershed. Students with a background in upper-division courses in water science are preferred applicants. This is an amazing way to receive field and ecological experiences in a short period of time and students are expected to engage in all activities related to the laboratory. You can expect to work on a wide variety of lake research projects, including outdoor field work and indoor lab work. To apply for these positions, please email a resume and letter of recommendation to Dr. Sudeep Chandra ( by March, 31st, 2014.

For more details, please visit Castle Lake Research Station Job Opportunities.

Water Quality Monitoring Internship

Are you interested in real-world research experience that can give you the professional edge? If so, Independent Study (BIOL 491) can provide an opportunity to conduct water chemistry and receive 3 academic credits.

We are seeking an intern to conduct nutrient chemistry laboratory analysis for the Spring semester (2014). To inquire, email Bonnie Trejo at