Kerri Jean Ormerod

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Kerri Jean Ormerod

Assistant 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


Dry lake bed

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...

Fact Sheets
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
snow in the sierras
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