Economic Impact

Biology Impact

Contributions to the local economy

  • We help to prepare physicians, physician assistants, nurses and other health care practitioners for the local and regional community.
  • We also train many personnel that are hired by local and science industry, such as Charles River and Sierra Sciences.
  • We teach a range of students that enter local agency positions (BLM, NDOW, USGS, USFWS, USFS) responsible for the management and conservation of local lands and flora and fauna.
  • We also mentor science educators and students involved in local outreach (Great Basin Institute, Tahoe Institute), helping to improve the scientific literacy of the public, and contributing to an educated workforce that stimulates the local economy.
  • The substantial extramural funding brought in by our faculty is an economic engine for the University and the local community. In addition, our grants and programs provide salaries for undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and research faculty.
  • Conservation research contributes to management and quality of many local ecosystems (e.g. Truckee River) and improves the tourism potential of our region (e.g., Lake Tahoe).

Industries we attract with our expertise

  • Environmental impact firms
  • NGOs
  • Biomedical research firms (especially those focused on neuroscience or cancer)
  • Biotechnology companies
  • Organic farming
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Companies seeking to locate in a region with a well educated workforce and a high quality natural environment