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In the News

A flowing creek with green foliage and mountains behind it.

Study sheds light on what influences water supplied by snowmelt

Relying on 30-plus years of previous research, the research found three factors can be used to better predict how climate change will impact critical snowmelt driven water supplies.

giant sequoia grove

Research suggests some trees have the potential for immortality

Franco Biondi (dendrochronologist) suggests that trees do not die because of genetically programmed age deterioration, but rather are killed by an external agent or a disturbance event.

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Researcher Adrian Harpold honored by premier earth science society

Harpold’s research on snow droughts, snowmelt, and how climate change is impacting our forests and water resources has earned him the honor of being selected to receive the 2021 Hydrologic Sciences Early Career Award.

The Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Science offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs to educate, inspire and prepare the next generation of scientists. Department faculty are engaged in cutting-edge research in the following areas:

mecury sampling


Topics of study include the characterization of pollutant emissions from combustion sources, the understanding of atmospheric photochemical processes and the quantification of human exposure to air pollution.

stream survey


Topics of study include the use of remote sensing, field observations and modeling to address the most pressing questions in the fields of water quality, lake clarity, stream and creek ecosystems and mountain ecohydrology.

soil samples


Topics of study include soil hydrologic conditions, the evaluation of current and past environmental conditions and the characterization of physiochemical processes in the region’s soils.

plant survey


Regions of study include mountain meadows and sierra forest, riparian communities along creeks and streams and the vast open space of the Great Basin rangelands.

big hou=rn sheep


Topics of study include interactions between wildlife and land uses, avian ecology, forestry-wildlife relationships, endangered species management, reproductive ecology, nutrition and foraging ecology, predator-prey interactions and population dynamics.