Animal Science Research


Increase our understanding of mosquito vectors relevant to West Nile virus transmission in Nevada.

Claudia Rückert
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Start Date: 7-01-2019

Culex Mosquitoe close up

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

Investigate how phthalates present in the drinking water of dairy farms negatively impact fertility of dairy cows through epigenetic mechanisms.

Luis Fernando Schütz
Department of Agriculture, Veterinary & Rangeland Sciences
Start Date: 7-01-2019

nevada dairy cows

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

In collaboration with the Nevada Department of Wildlife this project will analyze data obtained from GPS collars on pronghorn to delineate migratory pathways and locations of stopovers as well as to train a graduate student on state of the art methods to analyze movement data.

Kelley Stewart
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Start Date: 7-01-2020

pronghorn

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

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 goal is to evaluate the interaction of microRNAs with the state of steady internal, physical, and chemical conditions maintained by humans.

Amilton de Mello
Department of Agriculture, Veterinary & Rangeland Sciences
Start Date: 7-01-2019

finishing diet at feedlot