Daren Nelson

Faculty Member

Dr. Daren Nelson


Dr. Daren Nelson is currently an Assistant Professor of Hydrology within the Earth Science Department. Daren received his B.S. in Geology from Utah State University, M.S. in Hydrology from the University of Idaho, and his Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Utah.

My current research interests have focused on four basic areas: hydrology/hydrogeology, process geomorphology, the application of GIS technologies in hydrologic and geologic investigations, and geoscience education. Projects that I am currently working on include studying the groundwater impacts of hurricanes in North Carolina, understanding the paleohydrology/geomorphology of Lake Bonneville, and making digital field trips and 3D models for geoscience education. In addition to these projects, I am looking to initiate studies of surface and groundwater interactions in Utah Valley and the sustainable management of water resources in Utah.

If you are a student and are interested in these or any other related topics please contact me for possible collaborations.

Classes that I teach at UVU

GEO 1010: Introduction to Geology
ENVT 1110: Introduction to Environmental Management
ENVT 3790: Hydrology I
ENVT 4790: Hydrology II
GEOG 3600 / GIS 3600: Introduction to GIS


Ph D, University of Utah, 2012

Major: Geology

MS, University of Idaho, 2004

Major: Hydrology

BS, Utah State University, 2002

Major: Geology


GEO 480R

Earth Science Seminar, Spring 2022

ENVT 4790

Hydrology II, Spring 2022

ENVT 1110

Introduction to Environmental Management PP, Spring 2022

GEO 1010

Introduction to Geology PP, Spring 2022

GEO 489R

Student Research, Spring 2022

Scholarly/Creative Works

Nelson, Daren T, Maharjan, Madan , "Hydrologic response of Hurricane Florence and Michael on the Black Creek Aquifer, North Carolina, USA." .
Nelson, Daren T, Jewell, Paul W, "Late Pleistocene Lake Shambip and Lake Smelter in Rush Valley Utah, U.S.A. during the regressive occupation of Lake Bonneville." .
Nagy-Shadman, E , Rivera, T , M, Abolins , W, Hansen , Nelson, Daren T, L, Rademacher , M, Richaud , (2018) "Integrating InTeGrate_ Faculty Assess Classroom Experiences" .
Nelson, Daren T, (2018) "The Robeson Groundwater Project_ A partnership with the community. " .
Jewell, Paul W, Nelson, Daren T, (2016) "Insights into Lake Bonneville using remote sensing and digital terrain tools." .
Nelson, Daren T, Jewell, Paul W, (2015) "Geological map of unconsolidated deposits in the Hogup Bar Quadrangle, Box Elder County, Utah" .