Kerri Jean Ormerod

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Kerri Jean Ormerod

Associate Professor, State Specialist


Kerri Jean Ormerod is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Extension. She is a human-environment geographer with primary expertise in public perceptions of reclaimed water and general interests in understanding how science, law, and technology interact and adapt to changing social values. She leads the Living with Drought Program, which is Extension's primary resource to connect the citizens of Nevada to essential drought resources, current research, and information to help address and assess the impacts of drought. She is also co-coordinator for the Community, Collaborative, Rain, Hail, and Snow Network in Nevada, which provides the platform for participants to map, measure, and report local precipitation and landscape condition information using low-cost equipment and an interactive website. 



B.A., Interdisciplinary Field Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2006
M.A., Geography, University of Arizona, Tucson, 2010
Ph.D., Geography, University of Arizona, Tucson, 2015


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Living with Drought

The program connects stakeholders with drought status information, essential research, and tools that can be used to help address and assess the impacts of drought in Nevada.


  • GEOG 306: Population Geography: Birth, Death, and Human Migration
  • GEOG 313: Research Methods
  • GEOG 438/638: Western Water Resources and Management

News & Journal Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...

Book Chapter(s)
What Role Can Water Markets Play in Adapting to Climate Change? Evidence from Two River Basins in the Western United States Koebele, E., Singletary, L., Hockaday, S., & Ormerod, K.J. 2021, In John C. Duerk (Ed.) Environmental Philosophy, Politics, and Policy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
Fact Sheets
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Climate Impacts in Nevada
Summarized in this fact sheet are specific details about how climate change has already and will continue to impact the state of Nevada and strategies that can be used to prepare for these changes.
McAfee, S., Restaino, C., Ormerrod, K., Dettinger, M., McEvoy, D., Kalansky, J., Cayan, D., Lachniet, M., Moser, S., VanderMolen, K., Wall, T. 2021, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS-21-06
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Reclaimed Water: Uses and Definitions
Reclaimed water is commonly defined as treated municipal wastewater that is able to be used again, a practice known as water reuse. Municipal water reuse in the United States occurs mostly in California, Florida, Arizona and Texas; but it is growing in other states, including Nevada.
Ormerod, K.J., Redman, S., and Singletary, L. 2020, Extension I University of Nevada, Reno FS-20-34
Reclaiming Water for Urban Foodsheds: State of Nevada Regulations and Permitting.
The Reclaiming Water for Urban Foodsheds project integrates basic scientific research with Extension outreach to examine the feasibility of using reclaimed water resources for irrigated agriculture in urban environments.
Sterle, K., Ormerod, K.J., Singletary, L., Pagilla, K., Hanigan, D., Verburg, P. and Yang, Y. 2020, Extension I University of Nevada, Reno, FS-20-11
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Nevada's Weather and Climate
Weather and climate are related, but they are not the same. The difference between weather and climate is time. Practically speaking, weather determines which clothes you decide to put on today, but climate determines the type of clothes that are in your closet.
Ormerod, Kerri Jean; McAfee, Stephanie 2017, Extension | Fact Sheet 17-04
Informational Publications
Western Water Law: Understanding the Doctrine of Prior Appropriation
Prior appropriation allocates water rights based on timing of use, place of use and purpose of use. It allows for diverting water from its source to fulfill water rights and determines who gets water during times of shortage.
Hockaday, S. and Ormerod, K.J. 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP-20-01
Special Publications
Climate Science Readiness and Training Needs of Nevada Extension Professionals
Special publication that evaluates the needs and institutional desires for incorporating climate change information into existing Extension programming. Includes assessment of attitudes, perceived knowledge levels, current efforts to address climate change and the need for training.
Kratsch, H., Cobourn, J., Chichester, L. and Ormerod, K. 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, SP-20-08