Research Awards

Interdisciplinary Science Team Reports

Losing the Lake:  Promoting Sustainability Awareness through Educational Computer-Simulations of Lake Mead Water Levels and Water Supply to the Las Vegas Valley
Date: June 29, 2010
Principal Investigator: Dr. E. Michael Nussbaum, (UNLV)
Team Members:
Dr. Gale M. Sinatra (UNLV)
Dr. Fred C. Harris, Jr. (UNR)
Dr. Sajjad Ahmad (UNLV)
Dr. Sergiu M. Dascalu (UNR)
Dr. Kent J. Crippen (UNLV)
Final Report


Effects of climate change on spring ecosystem hydroecology as a guide to developing alternative water policies
Date: September 30, 2011
Team Members:
Dr. Saxon Sharpe, (DRI)
Dr. Scott Bassett, (UNR)
Dr. Scott Mensing, (UNR)
Dr. Don Sada, (DRI)
Dr. Jim Thomas (DRI)
Final Report

Interdisciplinary Science Team (IST) Recipients 2009-2011

Integrated Science Projects

Great Basin Climecology
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The overarching goal of this project is to demonstrate the quality and utility of the data from the instrumented transects (NevCAN) via analysis of multiple datasets from network instruments and observations in a collaborative interdisciplinary environment, and communication of these results to the scientific and land management communities. 

Principal Investigators: Dr. Scott Mensing, University of Nevada, Reno; Dr. Nick Lancaster, Desert Research Institute
Team Members:
Dr. Franco Biondi, Dr. Scotty Strachan, Dr. Tom Albright, Dr. Laurel Saito, and Dr. Kerensa Kruse; University of Nevada, Reno
Dr. Dale Devitt, Dr. Brian Bird, Dr. Lorenzo Apodaca; University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dr. Lynn Fenstermaker, Dr. Jay Arnone, Dr. John Mejia, Dr. Guping Tang, Dr. Dan McEvoy, Dr. Britt Johnson, Dr. Anna Lue; Desert Research Institute

Vulnerability and Resilience of Urban Water Systems under Uncertain Changing Climate Scenarios
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This project focuses on the impact of climate change on water systems in urban areas of Las Vegas Valley and Reno as critical case studies for understanding water management in arid regions.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Thomas Piechota, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Team Members:
Dr. Sajjad Ahmad, Dr. Derek Kauneckis, Dr. Yingtao Jiang, Dr. Shahram Latifi, Dr. John Mejia, Dr. Helen Neill, Dr. Kimberly Rollins, Dr. Laurel Saito, Dr. Haroon Stephens, and Dr. Eric Wilcox

SEED Grant Reports

Aerosol Modification of Snow Albedo in Southern Nevada and its Influence on Snow Melt and Spring Runoff
Date: 2011
H. Moosmüller - Desert Research Institute
Final Report

Toward Integrating Web-Based Interdisciplinary Climate Change Education into Nevada's High Schools
Date: 2010-2011
Dr. Rajan K. Chakrabarty (DRI)
Final Report

Climate Change Vulnerabilities - An Integrated Assessement in Pyramid Lake Paiute Indian Reservation
Date: 2010-2011
Dr. Karletta Chief (DRI)
Final Report

Assessing the Envelope of Interannual Variation in Vegetation Response to Climate in Spring Valley, NV
Date: 2010-2011
Dr. Lynn Fenstermaker (DRI)
Final Report

Metabolic Limitations that Threaten Desert Fishes of Extreme Thermal Environments
Dr. Stanley Hillyard (UNLV)
Final Report

Seed Grant Awards

Seed Grant Awards 2010
Seed Grant Awards 2009

Climate Change Community College and State College Faculty Fellowships

CC State College Faculty Fellowships 2012

CC State College Faculty Fellowships 2011

CC State College Faculty Fellowships 2010

CC State College Faculty Fellowships 2009