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Four faculty researchers have been turning heads in their fields and well beyond.
Exoplanet discoveries have opened up brash new ways to think about the way systems operate in distant galaxies, and challenged how we approach own galactic neighborhood.
Minerals glow like stained glass in a magnified cross-section of a Martian meteorite. A hypnotic swirl of spikes grows at the center of an aloe plant in a natural expression of mathematics’ golden ratio.
In dry, disturbed soil throughout the West, a weedy invader from Eurasia has gained a tenacious foothold. Kochia scoparia, also called poor man’s alfalfa, has slender, gray-green leaves that turn an ornamental orange in autumn. Despite control efforts, this weed springs back relentlessly thanks to its bountiful seed bank.
Armed with shovels, the group turned enough dirt to plant 630 trees and grasses along the Las Vegas Wash, an area that was once submerged and served as a docking area for boats. “This area was 50 feet below Lake Mead,” said Dr. Scott Abella, assistant professor in the School of Life Sciences at UNLV.
A voluntary evacuation is in effect for the Kyle and Lee Canyon areas of Mt. Charleston due to the risk of avalanches from recent snowfall.
To the untrained eye, Tule Springs is a barren desert landscape.
Professor of Geology
An expert in geology, palecocology, paleontology, and the history of geology.
Professor, Life Sciences
Brian Hedlund in an expert in microbial ecology at high temperatures, biofuels and genomics.
Lachniet is an expert in paleoclimatology, quaternary geology, climate change and stable isotope geochemistry.