Program Research

What are some of the exciting research projects that our faculty and students are currently working on?

Food sustainability

  • Growing berries hydroponically
    We are investigating sustainable food systems.
  • Studying plant stress situations
    We are looking at desert climate effects on plants.
  • Investigating arsenic in drinking water
    We are discovering and implementing locally sourced means of remediating arsenic in drinking water and looking at chemical interactions that will facilitate the removal of the arsenic using available materials.

Renewable and sustainable energy sources

  • Growing desert adaptive plants for biofuels
    We are finding new plants to use for biofuels that require a low-input of resources to grow in harsh environments.

Resource management

  • Applying bioremediation for mine waste
    We are working to improve existing processes and help the environment. Mining is a huge economic driver in our region and we want companies to be using the best remediation processes available, here and worldwide.

Climate change

  • Performing gas exchange experiments in the arctic tundra over frozen sea ice
    We are learning about the potential impacts of climate change and are sending a lot of people into the field for this project. Students and postdocs perform field work during the milder summer season. Our faculty researchers are there during dangerously cold periods as well.
  • Looking at air quality impacts of unconventional natural gas
    We study ozone formation and the effects on air quality from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) by running equipment on sites that could be particularly sensitive to emissions.
  • Studying the prevalent issue of mercury pollutant cycling in the air
    We look at the effects from mining activity in our region to mercury in the artic.

Human health

  • Investigating air pollution and air quality affects on low body weights of children in Washoe county
    We are looking at particulates in the air, specifically PM2.5 (particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter less than or equal to 2.5 microns).
  • Analyzing nutrient content in foods for human consumption
    We compare nutrients between fruits and vegetables grown in hoop houses with different amounts of lighting to investigate how growing systems affect nutrition.

Environmental effects on animals

  • Conducting bird behavior studies
    We are modeling how environmental issues affect the flight patterns of pigeons.

Our program offers a huge range of specializations through our interdisciplinary faculty. Here are some examples of the specializations we offer. You can check out our faculty pages for more information on each individual’s expertise.

  • Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Biogeochemical Cycling
  • Biomarkers
  • Chemical Mass Balance Receptor Modeling
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Physics
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Food Sustainability
  • Food Toxicology
  • Land Use Issues within Community Health Sciences
  • Nutrition
  • Public health
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Biogeochemical Cycling
  • Biomarkers
  • Chemical Mass Balance Receptor Modeling
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Physics
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Food Sustainability
  • Food Toxicology
  • Land Use Issues within Community Health Sciences
  • Nutrition
  • Public health
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Oxidative Stress