David M Rey


David Rey is a Ph.D. candidate at Colorado School of Mines and has been a Pathways student intern in the Earth System Processes Division of the Water Resources Mission Area since 2016. David's specialty is in arctic and alpine hydrology, however he has expertise in a variety of field, geophysical, and numerical modeling methods. Some recent work David has been involved with includes:

  • Developing hydrologic models to investigate water use impacts of potential renewable energy implementation scenarios.
  • Using airborne geophysical surveys, remote sensing, and statistical clustering to investigate surface and groundwater connectivity of lakes in arctic wetlands.
  • Geophysical observation and modeling of unsaturated permafrost dynamics.
  • How the seasonal connectivity of different ecological communities to headwater streams influences nitrogen cycling in alpine ecosystems.
  • Several expeditions as a team lead to characterize winter permafrost and stream talik conditions.


Ph.D. Candidate Hydrology, Colorado School of Mines, Current

M.S. Hydrology, Colorado School of Mines, 2017

B.S. Earth Science, Montana State University, 2012



Rey, D., Walvoord, M., B. Minsley, Rover, J., and Singha, K. (2019), Investigating lake-area dynamics across a permafrost-thaw spectrum using airborne electromagnetic surveys and remote sensing time-series data in Yukon Flats, Alaska, Environmental Research Letters. 14, 025001, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aaf06f https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aaf06f

Rey, D., Singha, K., (2019), Exploring the effects of climate change on water avaliability for renewable energy development in the Indian Wells Valley, California. Hydrogeology Journal (Submitted)



Minsley, B.J., Pastick, N.J., Wylie, B.K., Kass, M.A., Ebel, B., Rey, D., Chase, B.F.W., and James, S.R., 2018, Alaska permafrost characterization: Geophysical and related field data collected from 2016-2017: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P99PTGP4.  

Minsley, B.J., Emond, A.M., and Rey, D.M., 2017, Airborne electromagnetic and magnetic survey data and inverted resistivity models, western Yukon Flats, Alaska, February 2016: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F7QC01P9.