Garrett Rue

Garrett Rue

Graduate Student

  • PhD Candidate, Environmental Studies
  • Teaching Assistant, Dept of Environmental Engineering
  • Teaching Assistant, Dept of Environmental Studies
  • Teaching Assistant, Dept of Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory
  • Teaching Assistant, Dept of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology



  • MS: University of Colorado Boulder, 2015
  • BA: University of Colorado Boulder, 2012

Contact Information

Office: SEEC, GS-148
Lab: SEEL, 185


hydrologic measurement, aquatic chemistry, dissolved organic matter isolation/characterization/measurement, chromatography, spectroscopy, spectrophotometry, trace metals analysis, field sampling

Research Interests

acid rock drainage; acid mine drainage; water quality; stream ecology, limnology, geology, rare earth element mineralogy; geochemistry; biogeochemistry; photobiogeochemistry; physical hydrology; watershed management


Here I am appearing in a recent New York Times article


Videos from my field research:


  • CUAHSI Pathfinder Fellowship, NSF Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, 2017
  • Environmental Studies Program Graduate Research Grant, University of Colorado Boulder, 2017
  • ARCS Foundation Scholar, Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, 2016
  • Carol B. Lynch Graduate Fellowship, University of Colorado Boulder, 2015
  • CZO Travel Grant- Geochemistry of the Earths Surface Conference (14), NSF Critical Zone Observatory National Office, 2014
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Grant, University of Colorado Boulder, 2012
Photo Gallery




Mike SanClements,Fernandez, I. J.,Lee, R. A.,Roberti, J. A.,Adams, M. B.,Garrett Rue,Diane M. McKnight{/exp:playa:children, 2018: Long-term experimental acidification drives watershed scale shift in dissolved organic matter composition and flux. Environmental Science & Technology, early online publication. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b04499

{playavHq0PTZk:title},,Rachel Gabor,Pitlick, J.,Tfaily, M.,{playaRyj4iQPh:title}{/exp:playa:children, 2017: Concentration-discharge relationships during an extreme event: Contrasting behavior of solutes and changes to chemical quality of dissolved organic material in the Boulder Creek Watershed during the September 2013 flood. Special section, "Concentration-Discharge Relations in the Critical Zone." Water Resources Research, 53(7): 5276-5297. DOI: 10.1002/2016WR019708

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Current Courses

  • CVEN-5323: Applied Stream Ecology Emphasizes the integration of hydrologic, chemical, and biological processes in controlling river, stream, and reservoir ecosystems at several spatial scales. Students apply ecosystem concepts to current environmental and water quality problems and learn field methods in field trips and a team project.

Past Courses

  • ENVS-4800: Mineral Development in the Rockies Mineral Development in the Rockieswill address the extraction of non-renewable natural resources in the Rocky Mountain West of the United States and Canada. The course will address scientific, policy and ethical aspects of mineral resource development.
  • EBIO-1220: General Biology II
    Provides a concentrated introduction to organisms, homeostasis, development, behavior, and ecology. Emphasizes fundamental principles, concepts, facts, and questions reenforced through lab exercises
  • ATOC-1050: Weather and Atmosphere
    ntroduces principles of modern meteorology for nonscience majors, with emphasis on scientific and human issues associated with severe weather events.
  • ENVS-3173: Creative Communication The objectives for this course are (1) to generate multimodal compositions and (2) engage with various dimensions associated with the environment and sustainability. We also work to deepen our understanding of how issues can be expressed using innovative communication techniques such as as sketch comedy.
  • : Ecosystem Field Studies (Colorado)
    This 3-week outdoor course focuses on experiential & applicable scientific field research methods. Instruction is delivered with active, inquiry-based activities incorporating observation & data collection, small working groups, lecture, focused exploration & spectacular off-site ecosystem trips. Students create and implement an original field research project to culminate the class.


Outreach Statement

  • Mountain Research Station Open House 2017, Stream Ecology Station (Benthic Invertebrates)
  • INSTAAR Snow Internship 2016, Graduate Volunteer
  • INSTAAR Open House 2013-2015, Stream Station (Discharge Measurement)
  • Research Experience for Community College Students (RECCS); Student Mentor (2013, 2014)
  • 2013 Corden Pharma Colorado Regional High School Science Fair; Student Mentor, Chris Arehart (2nd Place)

American Geophysical Union (AGU) Meeting 2017

American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting 2017

Geologic Society of America (GSA) Meeting 2016 & 2013

Geochemistry of the Earth's Surface (GESS-7), Paris Meeting 2014

AGU Congressional Meet Day, USGS Coalition Reception, Washington D.C. 2013

Internation Mine Water Association (IMWA) Meeting 2013