Featured Research


Creating tools to help decision-makers analyze economic development, diversification opportunities and consequences from alternative public land management policies on local economies.

Thomas Harris
Department of Economics
Start Date: 7-01-2017

rural humboldt county

This project characterizes the olfactory mechanisms that determine how the mosquito (Anopheles stephensi) specifically targets humans for blood feeding versus other animals.

Andrew Nuss
Department of Agriculture, Veterinary & Rangeland Sciences
Start Date: 7-01-2017

Anopheles stephensi mosquito

Evaluating how soil microbial activity and ecosystem Carbon and Nitrogen dynamics vary with vegetation cover, burn severity and time since fire in the Great Basin.

Erin Hanan
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Start Date: 7-01-2018

sagebrush fire

Evaluate soil carbon stocks, vegetation, and insect communities in two contrasting meadow ecosystems in the Great Basin.

Benjamin Sullivan
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Start Date: 7-01-2018

meadow research

Developing the crassulacean acid metabolism, prickly pear cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica and related species) as a biofuel crop for southern Nevada and semi-arid regions of the desert southwest.

John Cushman
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Start Date: 7-01-2012

opuntia cladode

The long-term goal of this project is to evaluate the field performance of prickly pear cactus and two related species as potential for forage, food, and biomass crops for southern Nevada and semi-arid regions of the desert southwest.

John Cushman
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Start Date: 7-01-2014

Cactus

Genome to phenome studies by generating first-ever transgenic ticks.

Monika Gulia-Nuss
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Start Date: 1-01-2018

removing tick from jar

Determine novel traits in tomatoes that can improve whole plant response and growth under high salinity and boron toxicity that ultimately benefit growers through better genotypes and higher yields.

Felipe Barrios Masias
Department of Agriculture, Veterinary & Rangeland Sciences
Start Date: 7-01-2018

tomato

Understanding how local sage-grouse population dynamics link to macro-ecological patterns and dynamics such as anthropogenic change to help improve forecasting of populations through space and time. 

Perry Williams
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Start Date: 7-01-2018

sage grouse

Investigation into the genetics underlying the production of specific, beneficial antimicrobial compounds thought to have antifungal properties against plant pathogens.

Dylan Kosma
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Start Date: 7-01-2018

carrots

Improving the health and growth performance of calves during warm dry summers in northern Nevada.

Amilton de Mello
Department of Agriculture, Veterinary & Rangeland Sciences
Start Date: 7-01-2017

fallon calf

The quantification of aspen mortality, growth, canopy cover and regeneration over large areas and across times to determine which populations of this critically important tree species are in decline, versus those that are stable or expanding, and the biotic and abiotic factors driving aspen performance.

J. Hall Cushman
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Start Date: 7-01-2018

aspen grove

Quantifing forest response to ongoing climate change and identify at-risk species, ecosystems, and services in Great Basin forests.

Sarah Bisbing
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Start Date: 7-01-2017

juniper

Developing sorghum varieties with better stress tolerance for Nevada growers.

Melinda Yerka
Department of Agriculture, Veterinary & Rangeland Sciences
Start Date: 7-01-2018

sorghum

Develop maps that cover the last 300-500 carbon dynamics at the State, County and Continental scales.

Robert Washington-Allen
Department of Agriculture, Veterinary & Rangeland Sciences
Start Date: 7-01-2018

brislecone tree rings