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.
Dr. Kelson is passionate about water conservation in the Western U.S. and is studying biological interactions with stream flows to inform smart water use that sustains native fish populations.
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.
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.
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 lab website.
We are ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and physiologists. We use laboratory and field experiments to study the responses of organisms to rapid environmental change.
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.
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.
The Ouyang lab uses natural and laboratory experiments to test how, and at what rate, hormonally regulated traits enable organismal adaptation to changing environments.
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.
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.
Research in my lab broadly focuses on Animal Behavior and Behavioral Ecology with special emphasis on animal cognition.
The Pringle lab focuses on the evolutionary ecology of multispecies mutualisms.
Our lab focuses on a wide range of chemically mediated ecological interactions. We are particularly interested in the role of plant chemistry in structuring diverse ecological communities. We utilize a multidisciplinary approach that combines field and laboratory approaches with the latest spectroscopic tools in organic chemistry to address basic ecological questions.
The Smilanich lab focuses on the ecology and evolution of diet breadth via physiological studies of multitrophic interactions between plants, herbivores, and natural enemies.
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 the 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.
Alexander van der Linden
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.
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.
Ecological and evolutionary epigenetics; sexual selection and speciation. I conduct research at the interface of behavior, genetics and evolution, and utilize a variety of methods ranging from next-generation DNA sequencing to field studies of sexual selection.