Below you will find all current undergraduate biology research opportunities. If you find one that interests you, please fill out the application by using the button below and be sure to note which project most interests you and why.

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List of current projects:

Golden eagle researchJessi Brown, PhD Research interests include population dynamics, landscape ecology, cooperative foraging behavior, and the use of stable isotopes in ecology.  Primary work now is to help prioritize and direct conservation efforts for the Golden Eagle in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts.

Two researchers in boats on a riverSudeep Chandra, PhD. The Aquatic Ecosystems Analysis Laboratory (AEAL) is a broadly based freshwater research lab with projects on local, regional and global waterways. Particular research projects involve understanding the effects of climate on freshwater ecosystems and the organisms that live within them.

Chart of Trophic Interactions in Plants and Animals

Lee Dyer, PhD. Work in the chemical ecology and tropical diversity laboratory focuses on direct and indirect trophic interactions in complex biotic communities with emphases on global change. The research includes field and laboratory work, as well as research with specimens in the Museum of Natural History at UNR  Please see website for complete information:

TTX Selection in Reptiles

Chris Feldman, PhD. The Feldman lab is interested in a broad array of evolutionary, ecological, and conservation topics, primarily in reptiles and amphibians, ranging from simple questions of diet differences between sympatric lizards, to patterns of molecular evolution in specific snake proteins. Please see website for complete information: Feldman Lab

Blue Butterfly Matt Forister, PhD. The Forister lab works in the areas of specialization, diversification, and plant-insect ecology. Please see website for complete information:

predator prey capture Jennifer Hoy, PhD. The Hoy lab seeks to identify the neural circuit basis of prey-capture behavior in the mouse as part of the broader goal to understand how vision guides action in the mammalian brain. We employ diverse techniques including molecular biology, extracellular electrophysiology, optogenetics, chemogenetics, and quantitative behavior. Understanding these processes have significant implications for our ability to address pervasive neurodevelopmental disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit and hyperactive disorder (ADHD), addiction and anxiety. For complete information, visit Dr. Hoy's faculty page.


Fruit Fly Genetics Not AB

Fruit Fly Genetics Wild TypeTom Kidd, PhD. The Kidd lab is use fruit fly genetics to study how axons navigate long distances to their targets during the development of the nervous system. For more information please visit:


Neurons Jung Kim, PhD. By combining powerful Drosophila genetics with cellular, physiological, and behavioral analyses, the Kim lab tries to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying neurological and mental disorders. For complete information please visit:


Bumblebee in Flower Anne Leonard The Leonard lab focuses on the evolutionary ecology of communication in plant-pollinator and sexual selection contexts. Using primarily bees, questions exploring signal complexity (is it color or scent that will be most attractive to a forager), nutritional ecology (which flower will have the better meal), and the actual mechanics of pollination. For the full explanations and descriptions of the lab projects, please visit the website:

Diagram of Olfactory Impacts on Behavior Dennis Mathew, PhD. The Mathew lab is working to understand how a circuit of neurons translates olfactory input into behavioral output? Thus, laying the foundation for understanding how information is processed by neurons to result in a behavior. Complete information is available at the lab website:


Discovering circRNAs Pedro Miura, PhD. The mission of the laboratory is to decipher how these novel RNA molecules, extended 3'UTR mRNA isoforms and circular RNAs, are regulated and identify their physiological roles in cells. Please see complete information on website: Miura Lab


Jenny Ouyang, PhD. The Ouyang lab uses natural and laboratory experiments to test how, and at what rate, hormonally regulated traits enable organismal adaptation to changing environments. For complete information visit website:

Ivesia webberiMary Peacock, PhD. Research in the Peacock lab primarily focuses on population viability questions. Knowing the amount and distribution of molecular genetic variation in a threatened species and its effects on important life forms of the species is critical to its conservation management. Current projects include characterizing seed viability, dormancy release and germination rates for Ivesia webberi, a rare, native and federally-listed threatened plant species will be investigated.

Neurons Simon Pieraut, PhD. The goal of our research is to decipher the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying inhibitory neural plasticity. For complete information please visit the lab website:


Monkey in a tree Elizabeth Pringle, PhD. The Pringle lab focuses on the evolutionary ecology of multispecies mutualisms. Please visit website for complete information:

Caterpillar on a leaf Angela Smilanich, PhD. The Smilanich lab focuses on the ecology and evolution of diet breadth via physiological studies of multitrophic interactions between plants, herbivores, and natural enemies. For complete information please visit the lab website:

predator prey captureAlexander van der Linden, PhD. Our research uses the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans coupled to genetic, molecular and genomic tools to understand how animals sense and translate environmental and internal signals to influence behavior, metabolism, sleep and aging. Please visit the lab website for more information:


Yellow Dart Frog Jamie Voyles, PhD. The Voyles Lab takes a “One Health” perspective, recognizing that human, plant, animal and ecosystem health are inextricably connected. Our research is focused on amphibian chytridiomycosis and white-nose syndrome in bats. Both are diseases that have emerged recently and are causing dramatic declines in North America and around the world. For more information please visit our website Voyles Lab

elkSherman Swanson, PhD. Our project looks at the effects of wild horses, cattle, and other ungulates on sage grouse late brood rearing habitat. We are examining specifically how use of wet meadows by these animals across Northern Nevada affects soil loss, hydrology, vegetation, and forb composition. We are looking for undergraduate volunteers to examine trail camera photos and document the animals present at a site using a simple program.