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MSU grad student receives major award for hydrology research

July 17, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – A Montana State University graduate student has won the 2013 Horton Research Award from the American Geophysical Union. The award is one of the highest awards possible for students in hydrology and water resources.

Fabian Nippgen, a doctoral student in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, is the second LRES and MSU student to win the award. The first was Diego Riveros-Iregui, who received his in 2007.  

Nippgen's research focuses on watershed ecohydrology and the influences of lateral water redistribution, vegetation, and watershed memory on storage patterns, upland-riparian-stream connectivity, and streamflow dynamics.  Nippgen is currently working as a visiting student and research associate with 2001 Horton recipient Brian McGlynn at Duke University. Nippgen continues to work with committee members Lucy Marshall of MSU and Ryan Emanuel of North Carolina State. 

The Horton Award is designed to promote excellence through encouragement of the next generation of professionals in the hydrological sciences.  It is awarded each year to one or more students during their candidacy for a doctorate in hydrology, water resources, or a closely related field. 

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