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Devon Eckberg is a civil engineer with a background in mountain and watershed hydrology, surface water management, civil design, and modeling and analysis of riverine systems. Devon has always been driven by a desire to understands the systems she lives and plays in, which drew her to graduate research focusing on snow hydrology and mountain watersheds. Her research focus explored how forest structure alterations affected snowpack and subsequent water quantities and timing within a snow-driven catchment. She spent a lot of time in the mountains programming and installing field equipment in the summers by foot and snow surveys in the winter by skis. She has experience working on various environmental remediation designs, including landslide mitigation, geomorphic hazard assessment and mitigation, mine closure and solid waste, and general civil site improvements. She loves to get deep into complex hydraulic models, enjoys a fun, tricky grading project, and always looks forward to the days she gets to get her boots dirty. She can always be found with her little sidekick, Paxton, a mini Australian shepherd who goes everywhere she does, whether it be mountain biking, backcountry skiing, office, beach, or his favorite, the local hardware store.

  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Nevada at Reno, 2015
  • M.S., Hydrology, University of Nevada at Reno, 2020
  • Truckee Meadows Regional Storm Water Quality Monitoring Program, City of Reno, Washoe County, Nevada
  • Coldstream Restoration Project, Placer County, California

Harpold, A. A., Krogh, S. A., Kohler, M., Eckberg, D., Greenberg, J., Sterle, G., & Broxton, P. D. (2020). Increasing the efficacy of forest thinning for snow using high-resolution modeling: A proof of concept in the Lake Tahoe Basin, California, USA. Ecohydrology, February, 1-14.

The best part of my job is the people I get to work with and the complexities of the analysis and design of natural systems.

I really enjoy doing fieldwork in my backyard, in the greater Tahoe/Truckee area. I like developing a deeper connection and understanding of the places you live and the environments you play in day-to-day.

My ideal vacations are the ones you come home more tired than when you left. Summer ski trips in South America top the list, but anywhere that you get to stand at the top of big mountains, preferably in the snow, and preferably on skis.