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Ag, water and environmental law experts convene at University of Nevada, Reno

National Ag Law Center presents 2nd Annual Western Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

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Strategic grazing could boost conservation of ‘near-threatened’ sage-grouse

University of Nevada, Reno researchers link strategic grazing to increased food supply for the species

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Researchers shed light on river resiliency to flooding

University of Nevada, Reno researchers use oxygen sensor data to estimate how long it takes river ecosystems to recover after floods

You're invited! Spring Celebration & Awards Night, Friday, April 26

An event to honor you — our outstanding students, employees and supporters — Friday, April 26, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Eldorado Resort Casino in Reno.

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Holly Gatzke recognizing Extension's Living With Fire Program with the Outstanding Team 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.

CABNR Student Emergency Fund

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