Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Science

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

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. Deparment 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.

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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.

In the News

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Featured Faculty: Foundation Professor Marjorie Matocq

Professor Marjorie Matocq was named a 2019 Foundation Professor for her work on population and evolutionary genetics.

Christina Restaino

Christina Restaino seeks to increase awareness of fire science in Nevada

As the new director of the Living With Fire Program, she plans on translating scientific information for use in land management and helping to inform the public about pressing ecological issues.

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New ecosystem ecologist researches contaminants in Nevada landscape.

Joanna Blaszczak studies how nutrients and contaminants move through watersheds in human-dominated landscapes, and researches the most effective ways of building urban development in watersheds to minimize impacts on water quality.