Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2023: 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Location: CSU Lory Student Center, Ballroom D (venue and parking information link)

Tuesday March 21, 2022

Download Schedule & Abstracts






LSC Ballroom D

Showcase (A)

2:20 PM

Reid Maynard

Is Local Food More Sustainable? Comparing Local Food Production to Conventional Centralized Agriculture in the Contiguous United States Through Life Cycle Assessment

LSC Ballroom D

Showcase (A)

2:25 PM

Andrea Loudenback

Mad for Manure: How Precision Management of Nutrient Flows Can Mitigate Environmental Impacts of Manuresheds

LSC Ballroom D

Showcase (A)

2:30 PM

Curtis Kline

GMO-Free Territories and the Defense of Traditional Seed Systems

LSC Ballroom D

Showcase (A)

2:35 PM

Karen Gupta

The Relationship Between Portable Toilets in Construction and Sustainability Metrics

LSC Ballroom D

Showcase (A)

2:40 PM

Laura Supple

Participatory models of regenerative urban infrastructures as complex adaptive social-ecological-technological systems

LSC Ballroom D

Showcase (A)

2:45 PM

Cibi Vishnu Chinnasamy

Urban Scaling Patterns in Municipal Water Uses

LSC Ballroom D

Showcase (A)

2:50 PM

Marin Wiltse

Comprehensive characterization of oil-field produced water treated by nanofiltration and reverse osmosis membranes for potential reuse in agriculture

LSC Ballroom D

Showcase (A)

2:55 PM

Lucas Roy

A Climate-Centered Analysis of Historical Australian Streamflow and Population Density From 1980-2019

LSC Ballroom D

Showcase (A)

3:00 PM

Dixie Poteet

Past, Present, and Potential Future Flows of a Non-Perennial Stream

LSC Ballroom D

Showcase (A)

3:05 PM

Joseph Bindner

Predicting Soil Texture Using 1-D Convolutional Neural Networks based on Field Hyperspectral Images

LSC Ballroom D

Showcase (B)

3:30 PM

Brianna Corsi

Morpho-dynamic Processes in the Bernalillo Reach of the Middle Rio Grande

LSC Ballroom D

Showcase (B)

3:35 PM

Tristen Anderson

Middle Rio Grande Montaño Reach: Morphodynamic Processes and Silvery Minnow Habitat

LSC Ballroom D

Showcase (B)

3:40 PM

Chelsey Radobenko

Middle Rio Grande River Hydraulic Modeling: A comparison between 1D and 2D hydraulic modeling and the impacts to quantifying Silvery Minnow Habitat in the Bernalillo Reach of the Middle Rio Grande River.

LSC Ballroom D

Showcase (B)

3:45 PM

Helen Flynn

A Spatiotemporal Analysis of the Correlation Between Snow Water Equivalent and Baseflow in Colorado

LSC Ballroom D

Showcase (B)

3:50 PM

Alexis Foster

A Social-Climatological Study of Snow and Winter Weather Perspectives

LSC Ballroom D

Showcase (B)

3:55 PM

Abdullah Al Fatta

Assessing Aquifer Properties and Groundwater Storage Change in the San Luis Valley, Colorado from In-Situ and InSAR Data

LSC Ballroom D

Showcase (B)

4:00 PM

Cavin Alderfer

Analyzing Trends in Groundwater Storage and in Salt and Nutrient Concentrations in Surface Water and Groundwater Bodies in the United States from 1920-2020

LSC Ballroom D

Showcase (B)

4:05 PM

Mickey Means-Brous

Geomorphic influences on salmonid recolonization in a Colorado post-fire environment

LSC Ballroom D

Showcase (B)

4:10 PM

Phoebe White

Evaluation of sub-hourly Quantitative Precipitation Estimates in Colorado’s mountains using machine learning

Science in 4-minutes or less!

The Student Showcase will feature 4-minute ‘lightning talks’, bite-sized bits of science that showcase the essence of your research. Though it can be more challenging to deliver an impactful lightning talk than a 20-minute presentation, this important scientific communication skill can engage an audience in a wide variety of topics in a short amount of time. For more information please download the Student Showcase Guidebook!

Students are tasked with presenting an engaging snap-shot of their research, prepared for both academic and non-academic audiences. These “big-picture” presentations should discuss real-world applications, advice, and future research directions.



Hydrology Days evaluators include BOTH traditional academic researchers and non-academic audiences (e.g., consultants/private industry, municipalities/utilities, government, and non-profit organizations working across the Food-Energy-Water sector).

  • Focus on these four questions: What was the motivation for conducting your research? What did you do? What did you or do you expect to find? Why does it matter (real-world implications or advice)?



Lightning Tips

Make sure to download the Student Showcase Guidebook which provides helpful information about the intentions, audience and additional resources to preparing your presentation!

Check out this 18-minute workshop for more tips:

Here are a few recommendations from the Nature Career Guide published on June 23, 2021:

Start strong. In the first few sentences, the audience should know why they need to pay attention. You have a fraction of your allotted minutes to establish credibility.

Tell a story. Whether a talk is one minute long or 20, it should be framed by a basic narrative. Start with a research question and follow up with experimental methods and results: the credibility that you established at the outset will build, and the audience can actually learn something.

Pace yourself. It’s normal to speak quickly when the clock is ticking, but that isn’t the best way to convey complicated scientific concepts. Don’t try to fit in more words per minute; instead, find words and images that really matter.

Keep slides simple. Some lightning speakers try to cram many concepts into each slide, but that’s a mistake. Images should be as economical as words, holding just enough information to make important points without visual overload.

Practice. Don’t follow a script, but you should practice your talk enough to know where you’re going and how long it takes to get there.

Powerpoint Templates

Participants must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Contestants must have a NAME slide – place this slide BEFORE your content slide
  • Prepare slide in 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Slides must be uploaded to the corresponding folder no later than 5pm Sunday March 19, 2023 (you will NOT be allowed to upload your slides right before you present!)
    • Google folders to upload presentations: 

Though not required, students may consider using the templates below to organize their presentations.  While there is no limit to the number of slides you may present during your 4-minutes, please keep your slides simple and follow the tips provided in the Student Showcase Guidebook!


Abstract Template

All presentations are to be accompanied by an abstract for publication in the conference proceedings. The format should follow the template and instructions here:



Cash prizes will be awarded to the top-scoring student presentations. In addition, select presenters will be featured in a special issue of Colorado Water; the publication produced by the Colorado Water Center devoted to highlighting water research and activities at CSU and throughout Colorado. Check out the most recent Special Hydrology Days Issue of Colorado Water!

Depending on the number of participants, cash prizes may be awarded in multiple categories (i.e., there may be more than one round of awards):

  • First Place = $500
  • Second Place = $250
  • Third Place = $100


Those interested in entering the competition must adhere to posted deadlinesregister and submit an abstract (select “Student Showcase (lightning talk)”) to finalize their participation. 

  • Students are defined as those enrolled at an accredited university in an Undergraduate, Masters, or PhD program
  • Students must submit a properly formatted abstract by March 3, 2023
  • Students are required to present their work in the assigned session
  • Register for the conference as a student by March 6, 2023

Selected competitors will be contacted to confirm participation in the Student Showcase in March. 


This event is organized by the One Water Solutions Institute at Colorado State University.  For questions or comments regarding Hydrology Days please contact: