Associate Research Professor


Contact Info

Institution: Desert Research Institute

Phone: (775) 673-7352

Address: 2215 Raggio Pkwy, Reno, Nevada 89512, US


Research Disciplines

  • Ecology

  • Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems

  • Limnology

  • Climate Change

  • Hydrogeology

  • Hydrologic Response

  • Watershed Management

Research Interests

Devils Hole pupfish, groundwater-surface water interactions, heat as a tracer


  • Devils Hole Focused Condition Assessment Phase I (PI with co-PI John Umek)
  • Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan Support at Fort Hunter Liggett and Parks Reserve Forces Training Area (co-PI with PI Tiffany Pereira and co-PI Brad Sion)
  • Modeling the impacts of sub-seasonal variability on Devils Hole (PI)
  • Devils Hole Strategic Plan Phase 1: Chronology and inventory of management practices (PI)


Mark Hausner is an Associate Research Professor of Hydrology at the Desert Research Institute. He has a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University, an MS in Hydrologic Science from the University of Nevada Reno, and a PhD in Hydrogeology from UNR. Mark began his career in stormwater engineering on the east coast, and came to the Great Basin in 2002. His research focuses on fluxes of heat and water in the environment, with a particular emphasis on interfaces between physical hydrology and ecology. With a wide ranging group of collaborators, he often works across traditional disciplines and has published peer-reviewed papers on topics as diverse as fiber-optic distributed temperature sensing, heat as a tracer for groundwater flow, effects of climate change on desert fish populations, and the use of beavers for stream restoration.


  • PhD, Hydrogeology, University of Nevada Reno, 2013
  • MS, Hydrologic Science, University of Nevada Reno, 2010
  • BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 1997