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

Providing beneficial information on demographic parameters that determine population growth or decline as well as providing detailed information on high quality habitats that are selected by ewes to enhance lamb survival.

Kelley Stewart
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Start Date: 9-01-2015

Bighorn lamb with collar

Arthropod pests are numerous and result in billions of dollars in lost revenue annually. Traditionally, control of these pests has relied on insecticidal chemical applications or genetically modified crops. However, insecticide resistance has emerged in response to these strategies and new control measures are needed.

Andrew Nuss
Department of Agriculture, Veterinary & Rangeland Sciences
Start Date: 7-01-2016

Manduca sexta, Tobacco Hornworm catipillar

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

This project investigates the regulation of adding and removing chemical marks (epigenetics) to the molecular packages that hold the blueprints (genes) that might be effecting heart enlargement and stiffness, with emphasis on controlling obesity-induced heart dysfunction. In addition, this project focuses on dietary food components that block these chemical marks and therefore would protect against heart enlargement and stiffness.

Brad Ferguson
Department of Nutrition
Start Date: 7-01-2016

Obesity in children

The long-term goal of this watershed scale project is to build a comprehensive understanding of the mutiple impacts of pinyon-juniper encroachment on Great Basin rangelands. 

Tamzen Stringham
Department of Agriculture, Veterinary & Rangeland Sciences
Start Date: 7-01-2011

Pinyon and juniper research area in Porter Caynon, Nevada

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

This project investigates how changing snowpacks are modulated by landscape hydrological processes through a multi-scale approach that integrates field observations, remote sensing of snow and vegetation, and physically-based modeling. 

Adrian Harpold
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Start Date: 7-01-2015

Harpold lab taking measurements

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

Water and nutrient deficits decrease a tomato root hydraulic conductivity (i.e., increase resistance) and can affect water uptake, resulting in daily transient plant water deficits and reduced carbon assimilation capacity. The goal is to understand how the interaction of plant nutritional status and water availability affects young root development and physiology under drying soil and upon re-watering.

Felipe Barrios Masias
Department of Agriculture, Veterinary & Rangeland Sciences
Start Date: 7-01-2016

Tomato bloom

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

The overall goal is to develop a social marketing campaign that will lead to a reduced intake of sugar-sweetened beverages among children participating in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and those eligible for SNAP. 

Jamie Benedict
Department of Nutrition
Start Date: 9-01-2010

Rethink your drink

Developing sorghum varieties with better stress tolerance for Nevada growers.

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

sorghum

This research has the potential to make transformational improvements in our understanding of Sierra Nevada biogeochemistry while also connecting citizens to regional meadows and forests that supply water, forest products, and cattle. Improving our understanding of the amount of carbon contained in different ecosystem pools, and the rates of greenhouse gas emissions from the soil, will assist in future management and restoration of meadows.

Benjamin Sullivan
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Start Date: 6-01-2016

citizen scientist helping with research

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

Wine grow well in arid and semi-arid environments. This is particularly relevant in a dry state like Nevada. A long-term goal of our research is to develop improved strategies for enhancing drought resistance mechanisms in wine grapes.

Grant Cramer
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Start Date: 7-01-2009

Wine grapes grown in Nevada