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Garrett Rue

Garrett Rue

PhD 2019

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

Departments / Academic Programs


  • PhD: University of Colorado Boulder, 2019
  • MS: University of Colorado Boulder, 2015
  • BA: University of Colorado Boulder, 2012

Research Programs, Labs, and Groups

Contact Information

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


field sampling, physical hydrology, aqueous and analytical chemistry, dissolved organic matter isolation/characterization/measurement, chromatography, spectroscopy, spectrophotometry, spectrometry

Research Interests

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


Here I am appearing in a recent New York Times feature on climate change researchers in the field.


Videos from my field research:

Digging the snowpit at the annual Snow Survey, Niwot Ridge, Colorado, 2017.

What is an Asgard Ranger? Time-lapse video of stream sampling, McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica, 2013.

Algae Ops, Dry Valleys, 2013.


  • International Research Exchange (LOREX) Fellowship; Abisko Research Station (Sweden), Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography, 2019
  • Scholars Across Virtual Institutes, Grand Paradiso Summer School (Italy): Critical Zone & Ecosystem Dynamics, SAVI Program, NSF Critical Zone Observatory Network National Office, 2018
  • Office of Science Graduate Student Research Fellowship, U.S. Department of Energy, Environmental Molecular Science Lab, 2018
  • ARCS Foundation Scholar, Achievement Rewards for College Scientists,
  • CUAHSI Pathfinder Fellowship, NSF Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, 2017
  • Environmental Studies Program Research Grant, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2016
  • Carol B. Lynch Graduate Fellowship, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2015
  • Travel Award- Geochemistry of the Earths Surface Conference (14-Paris), NSF Critical Zone Observatory Network National Office, 2014
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Grant, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2012
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