Whittell Forest Graduate Research Fellowship

Graduate students of all disciplines are encouraged to apply for this unique opportunity to work on research projects in the Whittell Forest & Wildlife Area.

Research & Innovation is offering two fellowships for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. The maximum individual award amount is $1,500 and the awards are available to graduate students enrolled in any academic program at the University of Nevada, Reno or the University of Nevada, Las Vegas who leverage the Whittell Forest to advance their graduate work.

Grants will be awarded on the basis of:

  • Merits of proposed research, including problem importance, originality and study design
  • Feasibility of successfully completing the proposed work
  • Preference will be given to students lacking financial support and to underrepresented disciplines

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be graduate students enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program at the University of Nevada, Reno or the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
  • Applicants must use Whittell Forest & Wildlife Area as a core research site.
  • Students from all departments and disciplines are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Allowable expenses

  • Salaries and stipends
  • Travel to/from field site
  • Field, lab or computing supplies

Application

A complete application contains the following:

  • Cover letter (not to exceed one page) detailing personal motivations for research
  • Project description (not to exceed three pages in length), including the following:
    • Significance of research
    • Study objectives and/or research questions
    • Brief review of relevant literature
    • Study design
    • Timeline
    • Itemized budget
  • Curriculum vitae
    • Letter of recommendation from supervising faculty advisor indicating support of proposed research and addressing the merits for funding this research
    • Copies of appropriate collecting permits, where applicable.

Application deadline

The full application package should be sent as a single PDF to Sarah Bisbing at sbisbing@unr.edu by 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.

Review process and additional information

  • Applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee, including the Whittell Forest Administration and Whittell Forest Advisory Committee.
  • Awards are available for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, with the possibility of additional funding to support ongoing work if progress is made toward study completion and at the discretion of the Whittell Forest Administration and the Whittell Forest Advisory Committee.

Projects funded through the research fellowship

  • Graduate Research Fellowship projects
    Whittell Forest Graduate Research Fellowship projects
    Name Date Degree Project
    Madeline Fontaine 2020 M.S., Hydrology Where has the water gone? Results from a watershed model with dendroclimatic inputs
    Kelly Loria 2020 Ph.D., Environmental Science Expectations for montane stream metabolism given climate driven shifts in hydrologic regimes
    Jane Dell 2016 Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology The return of fire to the ecosystem: Quantifying arthropod diversity after 150 years of fire exclusion
    Jacob Francis 2016 Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Do nectary plants make good neighbors? Facilitation and competition between Lupinus and co-flowering communities
    Devin Picklum 2016 Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Is pollination facilitated by mulit-trait floral similarity in two alpine plant species?
    Alexandra Urza 2016 Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Effects of prescribed fire on plant communities and tree survival in Little Valley meadows and forests.
    Zachary Carter 2015 M.S., Hydrology The Role of Charcoal in Nutrient Cycling Following Prescribed Fire
    Kira Hefty 2015 M.S., Biology Assessing the Behavioral Conflict of a Larder-Hoarding Rodent
    Jacob William Dittell 2013 Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Investigating community level resource trade-offs and reciprocal pilfering of four Little Valley rodent species
    Meredith Lieurance 2013 M.S., Biology Story of a structure: the evolution and ecological impacts of the rodent cheek pouch
    Britt Johnson 2011 Ph.D., Hydrology Simulated Climate Change Effects on Snowpack Duration, Litter Decomposition and Water Quality in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern Nevada
    Britt Johnson 2010 Ph.D., Hydrology Simulated Climate Change Effects on Snowpack Duration, Litter Decomposition and Water Quality in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern Nevada
    Mark Ender 2008 M.S., Biology Secondary dispersal of fleshy-fruited plants by seed-caching rodents and ants
    Julie Koop 2008 M.S., Biology Documenting male killing of pseudoscorpions by Wolbachia, an endosymbiont bacteria, and the phylogeny of two different Wolbachia strains
    Cynthia Downs 2006 Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology How rodents use landmarks in the field to locate buried food
    Robert Monnar 2006 M.S., Geography Daily Cycles of Leaf Water Stable Isotopes in Two Pine Species
    Will Richardson 2006 Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Chipmunk Vagility in Aspen Versus Pine
    Jennifer Gworek 2004 M.S., Biology Effects of Climate Change on Plant-Animal Interactions along an Elevation Gradient in the Carson Range western Nevada
    Elaine Hager 2004 M.S., Biology The Effects of Nurse Plants on Emergence and Establishment of Sugar Pine (Pirrus lambertiana) and Jeffrey Pine (Pirrus jeffreyi) Seedlings
    Jennifer Hollander 2004 Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Differences in the ability of rodents to detect caches made with native vs. non-native seeds using olfaction
    Kellie Kuhn 2004 M.S., Biology Patterns of time allocation & winter hoarder provisioning of yellow pine chipmunks
    Jennifer Gworek 2003 M.S., Biology Effects of Climate Change on Plant-Animal Interactions along an Elevation Gradient in the Carson Range western Nevada
    Elaine Hager 2003 M.S., Biology The Effects of Nurse Plants on Emergence and Establishment of Sugar Pine and Jeffrey Pine Seedling
    Kellie Kuhn 2003 M.S., Biology Patterns of time allocation & winter hoarder provisioning of yellow pine chipmunks
    Chad Stein 2003 M.S., Hydrologic Sciences Effects of post-fire vegetation on soil fertility and water quality
    John Tull 2003 Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Determining the Effects of Seed Moisture on Rodent Capture Rates
    Jenny Briggs 2002 Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Comparative study of the food-caching behavior of 4 species of rodents
    Christopher Lopez 2002 M.S., Geology Document and describe the faults and Quaternary features in Little Valley
    Elizabeth Peacock/Helen Neville 2001 Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Quantification of cache pilfering rates in yellow pine chipmunks
    Julie Roth 2000 M.S., Biology Dispersal of sierra chinquapin by scatter hoarding animals
    Christine Wilcox 2000 Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Conservation genetics & ecology of sub-alpine riparian obligate, the western jumping mouse, in Nevada
    Lisa Crampton 1999 Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Influence of inter-and intraspecific interactions on food hoarding behavior of yellow pine and golden-mantled ground squirrels
    Jen Hodge 1999 Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology The effects of natural disturbance & patch dynamics on the dispersal of Jeffrey pine by rodents
    Julie Roth 1999 M.S., Biology Dispersal of sierra chinquapin by scatter hoarding animals
    Ted Thayer 1999 Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Dispersal of Sugar Pine by Steller’s Jays & Yellow Pine Chipmunks: A Comparison of Effectiveness
    Kyle Comanor 1997 M.S. , Hydrologic Sciences Comparison of riparian bank storage flux rates and solute transport in grazed and un-grazed areas