Projects in Ecological Engineering Program

altRestoration

  • Eutrophication Control of Lake Taihu, China (Joint collaboration with University of Nevada Las Vegas and Hohai University, China)
  • Vegetation in Flood Control Channels in Southern California (Funded by US Army Corps of Engineers through Engineering Research and Development Center)
  • altVegetation and Stream Bank Stabilization in Las Vegas Wash (Funded by US Army Corps of Engineers through Engineering Research and Development Center)
  • Ecological Health of Walker River/Lake (Funded by National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and University of Nevada, Reno)
    • altInvestigating impacts of flow, velocity, and nutrients on Walker River Benthic Macroinvertebrates
    • Secondary production of Benthic Macroinvertebrates
  • Non Point Source Pollution in Las Vegas Wash (Funded by Division of Hydrologic Sciences, DRI)
  • altRemoval of Nutrients and Metal by Constructed and Naturally Occurring Wetlands in Las Vegas (Funded by Southern Nevada Water Authority)
  • Selenium Management Using Constructed Wetlands in Las Vegas Wash (Funded by Southern Nevada Water Authority)


altHydrology and Climate Change

  • Impact of Climate Uncertainties on In-stream and Riparian Vegetation (Funded by US Army Corps of Engineers through Engineering Research and Development Center)
  • Glacier Melt Runoff in the Himalayas and Water Budgeting (Joint Project with Chinese Academy of Science, Institute of Tibetan Plateau, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Ph.D. student supported by Chinese Govt. Fellowship)
  • altImpact of Climate Change on Lakes (Joint Project with University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Hohai University, China; Ph.D. student supported by Chinese Govt. Fellowship


altInvasive Species

Tamarisk (Salt Cedar)
  • Biological Control of Tamarisk in Virgin and Lower Colorado Rivers (Funded by US Bureau of Reclamation, Technical Services Center)
    • Pre and post defoliation temperature change in tamarisk canopies
    • altLife history characteristics of beetles under high temperature to understand their viability in extreme Southwest temperature
  • Tamarisk ET Estimation before and after Defoliation by Leaf Beetles (Pending, Water Resources Research Institute, USGS)
  • altComparison between Native (Western China) and Invasive (Southwestern U.S.) Tamarisks (Joint Project with Arid Land Research Center, Tottori University, Japan; Funded by Global Center of Excellence, Government of Japan through ALRC)
    • Salt dynamics of invasive tamarisks in the Lower Virgin River
    • Diurnal and temporal patterns of salt secretion from the glands of invasive tamarisks in the Las Vegas Wash
    • Vertical distribution of fine roots in tamarisk
    • altMycorrhizal symbiosis on tamarisk roots
    • Effects of soil nitrogen and salinity on osmolyte accumulation in tamarisk trees
    • Mechanisms of salt and drought tolerance for plants growing in southwestern US
Quagga mussel (Dreissena bugensis)
  • altEcological Impact and Containment (Funded by Water Resources Research Institute, USGS)
  • Population Distribution in Boulder Basin, Las Vegas Bay and Overton Arm, Lake Mead (Funded by National Park Service, Lake Mead)
  • Biological Control of Quagga mussel (Funded by Marrone Bio-innovations, Inc. – NSF SBIR sub-contract)
  • altSurvivorship of Quagga mussel in Tahoe Water (Funded by Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act, Lake Tahoe)
  • Biological Containment of Quagga mussels (Funded by Division of Hydrologic Sciences, DRI)


altOther Projects

  • C, N Stoichiometric Profile of Desert Soils (Funded by NSF Epscor, seed grant)
  • Algal Biofuel: Lipid Optimization via Nutrient Management (Funded by Department of Energy through Nevada Renewable Energy Consortium)
  • Algae to Biofuel – Nutrient Recovery (Pending project: Funded by Department of Energy)


altaltInternational Projects

China
  • Glacier Melt Runoff in Nam Cuo Basin, China
  • Impact of Climate Change on Lakes, Southeastern China
  • Eutrophication Study of Lake Taihu, China
Japan
  • altaltComparison between Native (Western China) and Invasive Tamarisks (Southwestern US) 
Nepal
  • Stream flow trend evaluation in Nepalese Rivers