Curriculum Vitae

Foundation Professor
Dept. of Geologic Sciences and Engineering
University of Nevada, Reno
styler [@] unr [.] edu

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B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut; Storrs, Connecticut. June 1978

M.S. Hydrology, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology; Socorro, New Mexico
Thesis Title: Field Results of Borehole Infiltration Tests. June 1983

Ph.D. Hydrology/Hydrogeology, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada
Dissertation Title: Fractal Applications to Soil Hydraulic Properties.  August 1990


Director, Centers for Transformative Environmental Monitoring Programs

Professor, Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering and Director of Graduate Studies

Visiting Professor, Catholic University of Chile and EPFL, Lausanne Switzerland

Professor and Director, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Geological Sciences, Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences

Professor, Desert Research Institute and Department of Environmental and Resource Sciences

Associate Professor, Desert Research Institute and Department of Environmental and Resource Sciences

Assistant Research Soil Scientist, Water Resources Center, Desert Research Institute, University and Community College System of Nevada

Staff Hydrologist, Water Resources Center, Desert Research Institute

Research Engineer, Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory


Hut, R., S. Tyler rand T. van Emmerik. (2016). Proof of concept: Temperature-sensing waders for environmental sciences.  Geosci. Instrum. Methods and Data Sys. doi:10.5194/gi-5-45-2016.

Fisher, A.T., K. Mankoff, S. Tulaczyk, S. Tyler, N. Foley, and the WISSARD Science Team. 2015. High Geothermal Heat Flux Measured below the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Science Advances. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500093

Assouline, S., Li, D., Tyler, S., Tanny, J., Cohen, S., Bou-Zeid, E., Parlange, M. and Katul, G. G. (2015) On the variability of the Priestley-Taylor coefficient over water bodies. Water Resour. Res. doi:10.1002/2015WR017504

Kobs, S.,D.Holland, V. Zagorodnov,A. Stern,and S. Tyler (2014), Novel monitoring of Antarctic ice shelf basal melting using a fiber-optic distributed temperature sensing mooring, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41,doi:10.1002/2014GL061155

Selker, J, S. Tyler and M. Wing. CTEMPs Begins Support of Unmanned Aerial Systems for Earth Science Investigators, (2015). EOS. 96, doi:10.1029/2015EO03540


Tyler, S.W., J.S. Selker, M.B. Hausner, C.E. Hatch, T. Torgersen and S. Schladow. Environmental temperature sensing using Raman spectra DTS fiber optic methods. 2009. Water Resources Res. DOI: 10.1029/2008WR007052.

Tyler, S.W., D. Holland, V. Zagorodnov, A. Stern, C. Sladek, S. Kobs, W. White, F. Suárez and J. Bryenton. Using Distributed Temperature Sensors to monitor an Antarctic ice shelf and sub-ice shelf cavity. 2013. Jour. Of Glaciology. DOI: 10.3189/2013JoG12J207.

Hausner, M.B., K. P. Wilson, D. G. Gaines and S.W. Tyler. Interpreting seasonal convective mixing in Devils Hole, Death Valley National Park, from temperature profiles observed by fiber-optic distributed temperature sensing. 2012. Water Resources Res., 48, 5. DOI: 10.1029/2011WR010972.

Tyler, S.W., J. B. Chapman, S. Conrad, D. Hammermiester, D. Blout, J. Miller, M. Sully and J. Ginanni (1996), Soil Water Flux on the Nevada Test Site: Temporal and Spatial Variations over the Last 120,000 Years. Water Resources Research. 32(6): 1481-1499.

Wheatcraft, S.W. and W. Tyler (1988), An Explanation of Scale-Dependent Dispersivity in Heterogeneous Aquifers using Concepts of Fractal Geometry. Water Resources Research, Vol. 24(4): 566-578.


Dr. Tyler has conducted field research on hydrologic cycles in a wide variety of climates and environments, and has extensive experience developing interdisciplinary field teams and field experiments. Recently, he has become a leader in the application of Raman spectra fiber-optic temperature measurements (DTS), working on snow basal temperatures, stream/groundwater interactions, soil temperature and mixing in deep lakes and is the co-director of NSF’s Center for Transformative Environmental Monitoring Programs ( Dr. Tyler has recently deployed fiber sensing systems in the Antarctic to monitor ice shelf melting.


S. Assouline, Volcani Institute; M. Berli, DRI; A. Childress, UNR; M. Conklin, UC-Merced; J. Constanz, USGS; J. Dozier, UCSB; K. Glander, Duke Univ.; T. Ghezzehei, UC-Merced; S. Gorelick, Stanford; C. Hatch, UMass; D. Holland, NYU; H. Huwald, EPFL; W.B. Lyons, Ohio State Univ.; J. McNamara, Boise State Univ.; W. Miller, UNR; K. Moffet, UT-Austin; J. Munoz, Universidad Catolica- Chile; B. Neilsen, USU; M. Parlange, EPFL; G. Pohll, DRI; L. Saito, UNR; J. Schladow, UC-Davis; S. Silliman, Notre Dame; J. Selker, Oregon State Univ.; S. Steele-Dunne, TU-Delft; T. Torgersen, NSF; N. Van de Geisen, TU-Delft; V. Zagordnov, Ohio State Univ. Ph.D. Advisor: S. Wheatcraft, Univ. of Nevada, Reno (retired), M.S. Advisor: D. B. Stephens, New Mexico Tech (retired)

Students: W. Albright, DRI; B. Andraski, USGS; C. Cooper, DRI; P. Hartsough, UC-Davis; K. Font, Or. DEQ; S. Kampf, Colo. State Univ.; D. Decker, DRI; J. Leising, SNWA; S. Kranz, D. Prudic, USGS; E. Twom, F. Ramsing, G. Webb, J. Green, J. Kinder, F. Suarez, J. Aravena, M. Hausner, L. Williamson


Dr. Tyler has conducted and published research from each of the seven continents in the area of hydrology and water resources. He speaks fluent French and rudimentary Spanish.