Rina Schumer, PhD Expert Witness
Curriculum Vitae

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  • Phone: (775) 250-7833
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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties: Hydrology and Environmental

Specialty Focus: Hydrogeology,Groundwater,Subsurface,Environmental Cleanup,Pollution,Contamination,Agricultural chemicals,Aquifer,PFAS,TCP,MTBE,VOC,Chlorinated Solvents,Nitrate,Pesticides,Fumigants,Perchlorate, Water Rights,Drinking Water,Data Analysis,Statistics,Water Resources,Modelling,Solute Transport,Geology

Education: PhD Hydrogeology, University of Nevada, Reno; MS Applied Mathematics, University of Nevada, Reno; BA Earth and Environmental Sciences, Wesleyan University

Years in Practice: 26


Additional Information

Dr. Schumer is a Research Professor of Hydrology and has served as both the Assistant Vice President for Research and the Assistant Vice President for Academic and Faculty Affairs has at the Desert Research Institute, the environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education. She has a BA in Earth & Environmental Sciences from Wesleyan University and graduate degrees in Applied Mathematics (MS) and Hydrogeology (MS, PhD) from the University of Nevada, Reno. Prior to moving to Nevada, she worked for Hydro-Environmental Technologies, Inc. in Massachusetts, where she performed environmental monitoring, site assessments, as well as installation, operation, and maintenance of groundwater remediation systems. She has more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and has been an Associate Editor for the journal Water Resources Research. Her basic and applied research is generally related to transport in environmental systems with emphasis in hydrogeology as well as sediment and solute transport in rivers and watersheds. Dr. Schumer served as Associate Director for the University of Nevada Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences and has taught a variety of hydrogeology classes at the university, in addition to acting as primary advisor to postdoctoral associates, PhD and Master’s students. She has been in leadership positions for the Consortium for Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences and the Hydrology Section of the American Geophysical Union and served as reviewer for dozens of journals in environmental sciences as well as agency panels. Dr. Schumer has been retained as a hydrogeology expert on water rights matters and toxic torts focused on groundwater contamination. She has worked on cases in California, Nevada, Illinois, and New York.