A department of diverse faculty & students dedicated to solving critical environmental challenges with cutting-edge research.

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Red and blue indicates ladder fuel loss from the Ferguson fire

Big data modeling, forest fuels mapping aids in mitigating catastrophic wildfire risk

University of Nevada, Reno researchers team with CAL FIRE and California Air Resources Board

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New resource sheds light on tree encroachment on sagebrush ecosystems

Up-to-date science-based information available on new website details how trees are taking over sagebrush ecosystems, the impacts, and what is being done to manage the issue

A  five-point mule deer buck on a Nevada range in fall.

Nevada hunters generate millions in economic impact for rural communities

New study reveals spending on big game and upland game hunting

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:

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Air

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.

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Water

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.

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Soils

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

Plants

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.

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Wildlife

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.

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