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Scott Abella

Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences

Expertise: Ecology, Restoration ecology, Fire management, National parks, Plant ecology


Scott Abella is an assistant professor in restoration ecology with the School of Life Sciences at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. His areas of expertise include fire management, ecological restoration, plant ecology, and habitat-wildlife relationships. He also owns the consulting firm Natural Resource Conservation LLC. 

Abella has experience working in numerous North American ecosystems including eastern forests, Midwestern prairies and savannas, wetlands, western forests, and deserts, as well as internationally in desert restoration.  He specializes in implementing ecological science that facilitates conserving biodiversity and natural resources critical to society. 

 His expertise has been requested by all levels of governmental organizations in the U.S., non-profits, private companies, and international organizations such as the United Nations.  At the University of Nevada Las Vegas, he teaches courses in biology and restoration ecology and works with a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students to actively engage students in helping meet conservation science project goals. 

He has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 50 outreach articles, given 135 symposium or invited presentations, been featured over 35 times in media outlets for conservation stories and projects with students, and received over 40 grants and contracts.  In 2015, he published the book Conserving America’s National Parks, corresponding with the 2016 Centennial of the National Park Service. 


  • Ph.D. Forest Science, Northern Arizona University
  • M.S. Forest Resources, Clemson University
  • B.S. Natural Resources Management, Grand Valley State University

Scott Abella In The News

Jul 23, 2018

The public outcry over the selective thinning of beautiful — but non-native — pine trees from Oak Opening Preserve Metropark is being tempered by science that now shows the controversial Metroparks Toledo decision from years past is paying off.

Oct 25, 2017

Scott Abella began researching changes in plant life in the Oak Openings in 2002 as an undergraduate intern from Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Fifteen years later, Dr. Abella, assistant professor in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, continues his research on his summer breaks.

Jul 24, 2017

Master’s student Ka-Voka Jackson has combined her passion for biology and the environment with her Native American roots to help solve environmental issues from a unique perspective.

Mar 9, 2017

In recent years, conservation and environmental awareness have become sexy topics on college campuses, but two University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) students have gone beyond words, bumper stickers and fancy slogans.

Articles Featuring Scott Abella

Ka-Voka Jackson is working to restore native plants in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. (Courtesy Photo)
Jun 13, 2017
Arts and Culture

Native American master's student Ka-Voka Jackson is working to protect the environment and preserve her Hualapai culture.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Jan 17, 2017
Business and Community

More than a dozen students will partner with the National Park Service and other groups on a restoration project to add native plants, protect shoreline, and boost wildlife.

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