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Department of Biology researchers take on the challenge of protecting our most precious resource

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UV Vessel works at night to kill invasive aquatic plants
Vessel equipped with ultraviolet light attacks invasive aquatic plants at Tahoe

Public-private partnership project shows favorable results

Portrait photo of Kent Sanders, Nevada's 2020 Distinguished Researcher
Research ‘rock star’ has advanced gastroenterology science and scientists

Celebrating the impressive record of scientific advancements, funding and mentorship of Kent Sanders, Nevada’s 2020 Distinguished Researcher

white sturgeon in the fraser river
Global decline of migratory fish, Nevada fish migration affected by dams, development

College of Science’s Zeb Hogan co-author of comprehensive global report

James Simmons holds a Lahontan Cutthroat Trout at Summit Lake
Lahontan Cutthroat Trout thrive at Paiute’s Summit Lake in far northern Nevada

University collaborates with tribe to protect the longest self-sustaining population of trout

Student sampling milkweed plants
Milkweed, only food source for monarch caterpillars, ubiquitously contaminated

Harmful pesticides found in Western Monarch breeding ground

Photo of Matt Forister with a butterfly on his cheek.
Matt Forister named University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Professor

Trevor J. McMinn Research Professor of Biology works to understand insects including butterflies and other pollinators, and to affect public perception of insects in the Western United States

Zeb Hogan holding Payara in rewa river
World-traveling biologist honored with Ozmen’s Global Engagement Award

Research to find, study and protect freshwater megafish and freshwater biodiversity a major focus

Tibbitts Award winner Amy Fitch Zooms with her CHS 440 class
In classroom or on Zoom, Tibbitts winners impacting students' lives

Amy Fitch and Elena Pravosudova are 2020 Tibbitts Teaching Excellence award winners

Davidson Mathematics and Science building
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP) awarded to five College of Science students and one recent graduate

Faculty share congratulations with NSF GRFP recipients and students offer advice for others interested in applying.

Split screen showing screen grab of a young girl (left) and a man flyfishing (right) both with Sci-On Official Selection laurels overlain on the images.
Sci-On! Film Festival to feature two College of Science films

Watch the short documentary Fertile Waters and an episode of Mineral Monday, both official selections in the festival, on May 5 at 7 p.m. at the virtual festival.

tiny worms under microscope
Obesity linked to sleep loss? Researchers identify how metabolism regulates sleep

Energy conservation may be a major function of sleep, according to new study

fox in natural history museum
Want to advance museum science? Citizen scientists can help from home

College of Science biologist contributes to global effort

Elizabeth Everest dons a sun hat while on a boat in Cambodia with local Wonders of the Mekong team members.
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award recipients pursue overseas teaching and research opportunities

Elizabeth Everest and Connor Billman of the Department of Biology both received the prestigious award.

Matteo Aureli, Mohammed Ben-Idris and Jamie Voyles-Ensor are panel presentation speakers.
What does it take to receive a National Science Foundation CAREER award?

The latest prestigious early-career awards will advance research in wildfire-smoke forecasting, battery performance and understanding brain function

Dani Salcido with Earthwatch volunteers
Caterpillar loss in tropical forest linked to extreme rain, temperature events

Plant, caterpillar, parasitoid interaction studied for 22 years by biologists in College of Science

Doug Smith posing for a photo with a gray wolf in snowy Yellowstone National Park.
College of Science honor exceptional alumni

The College of Science and Mackay School honored an impressive group of alumni at the annual Alumni of the Year reception on September 25.

Khmer man with giant catfish in the Tonle Sap River
Freshwater megafauna populations declining globally

First comprehensive global population study of giant freshwater fish, mammals, reptiles and amphibians shows sharp declines, highlighting the need for timely and targeted conservation efforts.

Yellow and black harlequin frog sitting on a rock
Amphibian extinction research takes next step to study how disease outbreaks subside

Biologist Jamie Voyles receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award to continue research

Jennifer Hollander
Biology professor wins Nevada Regents' Teaching Award for 2019

Jennifer Hollander nominated by faculty and awarded for teaching success

Female student in graduation attire walks towards the stage at the 2019 graduation ceremony.
NASA ISS Chief Scientist Julie Robinson asks graduates to make a commitment to scientific discourse

Robinson, an alumna of the College of Science, delivered the commencement address at the 2019 College of Science and College of Engineering graduation ceremony.

unloading fish nets on the Tonle Sap River in Cambodia
Few remaining free-flowing rivers identified in global study

College of Science biologist Zeb Hogan on international team of scientists

2 faculty member sitting at desk in office with neuroscience-related images on the computer screens
Institute for Neuroscience to help a multidisciplinary center of excellence become even stronger

James Kenyon named director of University of Nevada, Reno institute designed to complement and extend the energy, experience and potential in the neurosciences

healthy frog
Global amphibian mass extinctions caused by fungal disease

College of Science biology professor Jamie Voyles participated in international study

Felicity Muth with bee
Bees, bugs and breaking down stereotypes

Anne Leonard and Felicity Muth sit down to talk about their research, what's coming next and overcoming stereotypes

Wildflowers in the lab
As bee populations decline, study aims to understand plant and pollinator interactions

Anne Leonard awarded National Science Foundation grant to fund bumblebee research

Landscape image of the Nevada desert
Closer to the Land: Environment and Ecology in Nevada now on display at Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center

The exhibit focuses on the contrasting environments found in Nevada and the Great Basin, and the relationship of the environment to its living inhabitants including humans, animals, and plants.

chickadee eating a bug
Natural selection and spatial memory link shown in mountain chickadee research

Long-term, extensive study in Sierra Nevada range yields behavior, memory and selection data

Dr. Karen Lloyd (left) and Dr. Robert Zeigler
Discover Science Lecture Series announces its spring speaker schedule

The College of Science welcomes two leading researchers to campus during the spring 2019 semester.

Paul Hartley and Yanji Xu in genomics lab
Building research infrastructure: Investment in Core Labs

New directors named to centers for bioinformatics and genomics

Yan lab male infertility research
Research on sperm transportation reveals new cause of male infertility

UNR Med-led research team corrects a 150-year-old wrong concept regarding sperm transport; findings could lead to new treatment for male infertility

Someone looking through a book of pressed plants and flowers. Hands are visible holding up a page.
Scientists: 'Time is ripe' to use big data for planet-sized plant data

Professor Julie Allen leads research using big data to address biodiversity issues at the global scale

Lahontan cutthroat trout
Environmental discoveries, men's hoops lead most popular stories of 2018

Lahontan cutthroat trout species re-discovery was the most clicked on Nevada Today story in 2018

BUtterfly on plant
The Promise of Chemical Ecology

The Hitchcock Center for Chemical Ecology welcomes Dr. Paul Cox at December 2018 Launch Symposium

students with desert bighorn sheep
Genetic studies set new standards for managing Nevada’s recovering bighorn sheep herds

University of Nevada, Reno biologists study effect of herd restoration over past 50 years

Hillis Plot
Evolutionary biologist David Hillis to speak on genomic sequencing of “Tree of Life”

Free public event, College of Science Discover Science Lecture, Nov. 15

Bed in room
Why and how do we sleep?

Associate Professor Alexander M. van der Linden explains the need for sleep, and how simple organisms with a completely mapped nervous system are key in understanding sleep regulation and function.

Researcher in jungle
The Hitchcock Center for Chemical Ecology opens, supports collaboration across disciplines

The Hitchcock Center will formalize and enhance the highly successful interdisciplinary and international collaborations in the fields of chemical ecology and natural products chemistry.

Zeb Hogan in Salween River
Nat Geo WILD’s “Monster Fish with Zeb Hogan” season premieres June 1

Biology professor travels off the grid to the dangerous Salween River in Myanmar to start the new season

Professor holds a large-scale model of a molecule.
Innovation and commercialization: Chemistry research by Tom Bell has global impact

2018 Foundation Established Innovator Awardee is working with compounds that have the potential to save lives and improve health

University student Shawnice Kraeber working on a patient at the Student Outreach Clinic
University’s Post-Bac program offers second chance at medical school

Shawnice Kraeber is the first post-baccalaureate student to graduate from University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Fish and Wildlife Services measures Lahontan cutthroat
Lahontan cutthroat trout species thought to be extinct rediscovered in Utah Creek

University’s Mary Peacock publishes research on recovering Nevada’s local monster fish

Mick Hitchcock
Biochemist and developer of groundbreaking anti-viral drugs to speak at the College of Science

Mick Hitchcock will speak April 5 at 7 p.m. as part of the Discover Science Lecture Series

Ganzorig Batsaihan (left) sits with Sudeep Chandra on a river boat
College of Science supported film selected for the 2018 Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The film "Ganzorig and the River Wolf" offers a unique perspective into the work of local Mongolian scientist, Ganzorig Batsaihan.

Two professors and two students stand infront of a tree.
The gene tree: mapping the evolutionary history of a sugar gene

University research into Neu5Gc sugar lays groundwork for research in diets, transplants, and diseases.

Great Basin of Nevada
Great Basin seed study experiment targets rangeland restoration

New genetic study methods, targeted seed production in four-year study by CABNR, College of Science

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NASA Chief Scientist Julie Robinson visits with students, community

College of Science and Davidson Academy students and professors meet with Julie Robinson prior to her lecture

College of Science researcher fly fishing
Fly fishing in Mongolia with the College of Science

Zeb Hogan and Sudeep Chandra's research on taimen in Mongolia could inform sustainable fly fishing and ecosystem management globally.

Student Brian Huynh speaks to a crowd of guests at the College of Science Scholarship Luncheon
College of Science students speak at the 2017 Scholarship Luncheon

Scholarship recipients met with donors at the annual College of Science Scholarship Luncheon

Felicity Muth examines samples in the field
College of Science’s Felicity Muth receives national L’Oréal Fellowship

Biology scholar receives $60,000 For Women in Science Fellowship for her work with bees

Two students and a professor examine a bird's nest box.
Going back to school: Nevada’s Jenny Ouyang travels for the birds

NSF grant funds University of Nevada, Reno research, expeditions, education about birds and urbanization

Davidson Math and Science Center at University of Nevada, Reno
College of Science talks Diversity, Space, Superstrings, HIV

Discover Science Lecture Series begins its seventh year at Nevada

Thomas Kidd and fruit fly pic
Split-brain fruit fly research gives insight into autism

University of Nevada, Reno neuroscientists find clues in genetic studies

Photographer in wet suit takes photos under water in Lake Tahoe
InNEVenture Fund enters second year of ramping up ideas and technologies for commercialization

Early-stage proof-of-concept funding applications now open for Nevada Research and Innovation Corporation program

A mosquito feeds
Research delves into the sensory makeup of mosquitoes, fighting spread of disease

CABNR/Biology faculty receive $500,000 grant from U.S. Department of Defense for mosquito research

Collage includes artist's rendering of the Switch facility located east of Reno, known as The Citadel Campus, plus a laboratory work space and computer circuit board.
Major, new high-performance computing cluster to advance research and industry

Technology leader Switch provides critical data-ecosystem infrastructure to power Pronghorn, the University's new cluster, and the regional economy

biologists show newly found toad species
Rare discovery of three new toad species in Nevada’s Great Basin by College of Science

Biologists work to identify small toads published in science journal

Angela Hornsby poses for a photo in a science lab
Meet more of the University's student and faculty Regents’ award winners

University honorees receive Teaching Award, Academic Advising Awards and Student Scholar Awards; in addition to Regents' Researcher and Rising Researcher of the Year

Greene with snake
Herpetologist Harry Greene to close Discover Science Lecture Series

The award-winning author and professor will discuss how natural history influences values

Bee
Scientific community buzzing about work of Anne Leonard and Felicity Muth

The biology professor and researcher have been making waves with their work on bees

Fishing on the Tonle Sap River in Cambodia
Wonder of the Mekong: Billions of fish migrate across Cambodia each year

University of Nevada, Reno teams with international agencies to study fish migration in Tonle Sap River

Neurobiologist and philosopher conduct ‘smelly’ research

Seed-grants support creative, interdisciplinary research such as effort to explain why smell plays such a key role in life

Chickadees studied at University
Biology professor is elected a fellow of the Animal Behavior Society

Vladimir Pravosudov has spent his career studying behavior and cognition in small birds

Cephalotus
University biologist aids research on carnivorous plants

David Alvarez-Ponce is a contributor to a new paper that explores the evolution of the cephalotus plant

Fishing on Tonle Sap River in Cambodia
Mekong River biodiversity, ecosystem initiative launches in Cambodia

College of Science's Global Water Center team begins work to conserve one of world’s largest rivers

Fly guy
Fly expert to explain mystery of why swatting flies is tough

Michael Dickinson, will speak as part of the University of Nevada, Reno’s Discover Science Lecture Series

Forister at Silver Lake
University scientists unite to study biodiversity with help of NSF grant

The five-year grant will fund research on interactions between insects, microbes and their environment

Unloading a dai net on Tonle River
New Mekong River initiative will highlight values of biodiversity, ecosystems

University’s Global Water Center builds team to conserve one of world’s largest rivers

Hogan and young fan at Tennessee opening
Monster Fish leave Reno, invade Chattanooga, Tenn

National Geographic exhibition featuring the work of University of Nevada, Reno researcher Zeb Hogan opens at the Tennessee Aquarium

South Hills crossbill
Biologists identify evolving new bird species in southern Idaho using genomics

University of Nevada, Reno and University of Wyoming team up to trace coevolution of trees and birds

Hunting for bees on a hillside
Felicity Muth gets distinguished AAUW Award

Grant to help further her bee behavior research in Anne Leonard Lab

Hot air balloon near the University scoreboard
Two University students are awarded annual Balloon Race Scholarship

The University Balloon Race Scholarship Committee awards University students Liliana Davalos and Christian Jara for 2016

Associate Professor Matt Forister
Common ag insecticides associated with sharp decline in California butterfly populations

Research team led by College of Science Associate Professor Matt Forister

President Obama at the Tahoe Summit
20th anniversary of Tahoe Summit a time to celebrate and look ahead

President Barack Obama praises Nevada Sen. Reid for saving Lake Tahoe

Lee Dyer
Plants may be key to new medicines with chemical ecology program

College of Science researchers looking for solutions to world’s need for new medicines

tahoe invasive fish removal research
World’s water ecology, ecosystem issues addressed by new Global Water Center

New University collaboration approved by the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents

Emily Ann Weissgerber
Emily Weissgerber named University’s Spring 2016 Herz Gold Medalist

Biology student earns top grade-point average, plans for a career in healthcare

What was really incredible is that I happened to be visiting at the time of the catch. It's a one-in-a-million opportunity.

Rare, freshwater monster fish caught in Cambodia

University Biologist and National Geographic Explorer Zeb Hogan on hand to tag and release Giant Mekong Catfish

Zeb Hogan Monster Fish museum exhibition
Zeb Hogan’s work comes to life at The Discovery museum

National Geographic’s Monster Fish traveling exhibition visits Reno

A catastrophic fire could undo decades of protecting Lake Tahoe

College of Science 24/7 fire monitoring camera system unveiled at annual Tahoe Summit

tahoe fish removal project provides fish to needy
Electrofishing project provides fish fillets to local charity

University of Nevada, Reno invasive fish removal project at Lake Tahoe continues

New science-based roadmap to protect Lake Tahoe from aquatic invaders

University of Nevada, Reno teams with agencies in private-public partnership to preserve ecosystem

Monster Fish expert Zeb Hogan to talk about big fish

University of Nevada, Reno College of Science’s Discover Science lecture May 7

Grad schools, programs ranked among the nation’s best

University of Nevada, Reno earns four graduate school, 23 graduate program rankings

Monster fish, indicator of ecosystem health, face extinction crisis

A decade of discovery by College of Science researcher Zeb Hogan shows big fish disappearing

River Giants
Monster Fish traveling exhibition debuts at National Geographic Museum in D.C.

Exhibit features work of College of Science's Zeb Hogan, star of Nat Geo WILD’s Monster Fish show

Scientists reveal global patterns of specialized feeding in insect herbivores

College of Science's Matt Forister authored important paper in leading science journal

tahoe research
Fire cameras activated, invasive species and nearshore work continues at Lake Tahoe

University and DRI continue important research work in many areas

Assistant professor receives NIH grant to study genetic regulators of sleep

Alex Keene awarded more than $1.4 million dollars to study the link between sleep and metabolism

zeb hogan with payara
Zeb Hogan hosts new season of Nat Geo WILD’s popular series Monster Fish

College of Science researcher studies planet’s largest freshwater fish

Graduate student studies human environmental effects on butterflies

University student's research results published in national academic journal

Interdisciplinary graduate programs give University distinction

Offers academic buffet for tailoring degree program, contributes to student employability

University of Nevada, Reno honors 2014 Foundation Professors

Names of outstanding teaching, research honorees engraved in University’s granite pillars

University undergraduate wins first place at international research conference

Kurtresha Worden succeeds with her memory research in a poster competition

Tamzen Stringham
University research informs public, agencies on drought response (2014)

Rangeland, soil, forest, water and megadrought expertise helps Nevada, western U.S.

VIP event for University’s College of Science first art exhibit

Proceeds from art auction support biology scholarships

David Zeh named vice provost for graduate education, dean of Graduate School

Department of Biology chair and past Faculty Senate chair brings research, teaching and administrative experience to new leadership role

University’s College of Science debuts first art exhibit

Half of Nevada’s counties represented in 85 scenic photos available to public

Zeh named vice provost for graduate education and dean of Grad School

Former chair of Faculty Senate cited for impressive credentials

Terawatt Facility
Grad programs ranked among the nation’s best

University of Nevada, Reno earns four graduate school, 24 graduate program rankings

Museum Fox
University’s Museum of Natural History opens March 5

New facility will offer science education and a look at historic collections of preserved plants and animals from the Great Basin and beyond

Biology’s Baguley on team investigating Gulf of Mexico oil spill effects

Ecosystem could take decades to recover from Deepwater Horizon blowout and oil spill

University’s new BioFit academic boot camp to help students succeed

48 biology, neuroscience students complete College of Science pilot project

University Molecular Biosciences program host fourth graduate student retreat

Graduate students will share poster and oral presentations highlighting upcoming research projects

Help send students to academic competition

University of Nevada, Reno Biochemistry and Biology students host poker night fundraiser

Nevada researchers collaborate to preserve Lake Tahoe

University of Nevada, Reno conducts invasives, forest health and environmental monitoring research

Biology researcher receives sleep research grant

National Science Foundation grants Alex Keene $341,541 to study Mexican cavefish

First-year professor receives $465,000 National Science Foundation grant

University of Nevada, Reno’s Anne Leonard investigates specialization by bumble bees

Justin Lopez named University of Nevada, Reno’s 2013 Herz Gold Medalist

Bishop Manogue Catholic High School graduate caps academic career

Biology student wins impressive undergraduate award, continues research as a graduate

Jade Keehn researches the effects of renewable energy on reptile communities

Nerve regeneration research and therapy may get boost from new discovery

College of Science, School of Medicine neuroscience team publishes research results in Cell Reports publication

Brain Awareness Week comes to Nevada, K-12 students get to touch human brain

Students in rural Nevada regions and Discovery Museum to participate in Brain Awareness Week events

Neuroscience research gets big boost – almost $10 million

Grant for a new interdisciplinary center builds infrastructure and supports five rising stars at University

Biology lecturer internationally recognized for neuroscience education work

University’s Amy Altick wins award for Brain Awareness Week events

Robert Trivers to speak on deceit, self-deception as part of Discover Science Lecture Series

Renowned evolutionary biologist to make appearance Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.

University receives international award for web-based biology course

Fourth consecutive year University course has received the award

Nevada research team first to show transgenerational effect of antibiotics

Greatly reduced sperm viability caused by tetracycline passes from father to son in pseudoscorpions

University promotes Brain Awareness Week; lets students, public touch human brains

School of Medicine interactive presentation travels to schools, libraries in Washoe County, Truckee

Provost awards Herz Medal to Lauren VanCitters
One award after another

Herz Gold Medalist Lauren VanCitters amassed an impressive collection of academic medals and stoles for Spring Commencement.

Nat Geo Channel Marathon features University's Zeb Hogan
Students enter international genetic engineering competition
Human genome theorist Michael Waterman to lecture
Butterflies impacted by climate change, habitat destruction
Hot Planet Research

Nevada students play prominent role in the science of climate change

Tale of giant stingray; biologist sets record straight
University offers new neuroscience program
A 'turbo-charged researcher
Graduate Advisor of Year captures respect one student at a time