Scott Abella (Life Sciences) recently received two grants. One is a three-year, $115,000 grant from the National Park Service (NPS). He is working with the southwest exotic plant management team of the NPS to plan, write, and execute three restoration plans for two national parks. There will be two plans for Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas and one plan for Pecos National Historic Park in northern New Mexico.
He also received a $220,000 (year one only) grant from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, California State Office. UNLV is the lead with collaborators from the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of California, Riverside. That grant is from 2015 through 2019, and the total award for all years is authorized up to $499,000. The purpose of that project is to develop ecological restoration techniques for accelerating the recovery of disturbed desert soils in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts.