News & Announcements

Ian Wallace

National Science Foundation Career grant


Congratulations to Dr. Ian Wallace on his recent NSF CAREER grant! Ian investigates how the production of cellulose, an important structural compound, is regulated in plant cell walls. His work will have important implications for renewable energy and sustainability.


Using museum specimens to inform conservation


EECB faculty Dr. Mary Peacock and her colleagues report on the use of museum specimens to identify a persistent, unique lineage of the Lahontan cut-throat trout, which was thought to be extinct. This is a great example of how museums can benefit conservation efforts. Congratulations Mary!

Portrait of Gabriela Rios-Sotelo

GSA Research Grant winner


Congratulations to Gabriela Rios-Sotelo for winning a GSA fall research grant. Gabi's proposed research will investigate the role of temperature in white-nose syndrome in bats.

Felicity Muth portrait

National L’Oréal Fellowship


Congratulations to Felicity Muth (Leonard lab) who has been awarded the National L'Oréal Fellowship, worth $60,000! This award was given to only 5 women this year. Felicity's research investigates the cognitive effects of pesticides on bees.

Guy Hoelzer

Dr. Guy Hoelzer receives EECB Director's Award


Dr. Guy Hoelzer has served the EECB for many years as an insightful scholar and mentor. To recognize his contribution to the program, Dr. Hoelzer was recently awarded the EECB Director's Award. While Guy will be retiring this year, his scholarship and service will influence the program for years to come. Thank you Dr. Hoelzer!

Franco Biondi portrait

High profile EECB research


EECB Professor Franco Biondi recently co-authored a detailed analysis of how ecosystems recover from drought, which was published in the journal Nature. In this important paper, the authors show that as droughts increase in frequency with global warming, many ecosystems will no longer be able to recover fully.

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Biology Dept. honors EECB scholars


The UNR Biology Dept. recently awarded merit-based scholarships to several EECB students, including: Su'ad Yoon (Brussard Scholarship), Angela Pitera and Jessica Reimche (Jerry and Betty Wilson Scholarships), and Heather Slinn (Diana Hadley-Lynch Scholarship). Congratulations!

Three min. thesis

EECB student places highly in "3 Minute Thesis" contest


Congratulations to Phillip Street for placing 2nd in 2017's Three Minute Thesis Competition! Phillip's dissertation work explores how habitat variation affects population dynamics. His 3MT talk focused on how summer habitat affects sage grouse. Great job, Phillip!

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Faculty rewarded for excellence in mentorship


Congratulations to Tom Parchman who was recently chosen by the EECB student body to receive the Jenkins Mentorship award, and to Anne Leonard who received the "Undergraduate Faculty Mentor Award". The EECB is built through great mentors like Anne and Tom. Thanks and congratulations!

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EECB students recognized by Graduate Student Association


The UNR graduate student association recently recognized several EECB students for their scholarship. Carrie Branch was named "Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher", Heather Slinn was recognized as the "Outstanding International Graduate Student", and Josh Harrison was the "Outstanding Graduate Student". Congratulations!

Carrie Branch

Carrie Branch awarded Jenkins Fellowship


Congratulations to PhD Candidate Carrie Branch who was recently named the 2017 Steve and Kathie Jenkins Graduate Fellow in Ecology. This fellowship is in recognition of Carrie's outstanding research program and career as an EECB student.

EECB students receive NSF Fellowship


Congratulations to EECB students Nadya Muchoney, Danielle Salcido, and Devon Picklum. Nadya and Danielle were recently awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and Devon was awarded an honorable mention.