Natural Resources Research


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

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

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

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