How UNLV Collects Pollen Samples

CCSD/UNLV Pollen Monitoring Program

Airborne pollen is a health concern for many residents in Clark County. In 2013, the Clark County School District (CCSD) and the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) established the Pollen Monitoring Program to provide local pollen and mold spore counts in Las Vegas. Regular monitoring and reporting of airborne pollen concentrations can help sensitive individuals prepare for or avoid exposure.

Pollen Counts: Summarized Reports by Year

What These Levels Mean

  • Absent
    No symptoms.
  • Low
    Only individuals extremely sensitive to these pollens will experience symptoms.
  • Moderate
    Many individuals sensitive to these pollens will experience symptoms.
  • High
    Most individuals with any sensitivity to these pollens will experience symptoms.
  • Very High
    Almost all individuals with any sensitivity at all to these pollens will experience symptoms. Extremely sensitive people could have severe problems.

Pollen and Mold Counts

We provide updated pollen and mold counts for the Las Vegas area. Below is a map of the current collection stations.

UNLV Site

Our UNLV station is certified by the National Allergy Bureau (NAB). Visit the NAB Pollen and Mold Report page for more information about daily pollen and mold counts in the UNLV site.

CCSD Sites

Currently we have 4 Clark County School District sites. These school samples are collected weekly, 365 days a year.

  • Jerome D. Mack Middle School
  • Sunrise Acres Elementary School
  • Joseph M. Neal Elementary School
  • Palo Verde High School
UNLV Pollen Mold Site Locations

Education

2018

Pollen and Mold Lectures at the John C Fremont Middle School

Pollen and Mold Lectures at the Carroll M Johnston Middle School

2015

Pollen and Mold Lectures at the Desert Rose Adult High School

Pollen and Mold Lectures at the UNLV Rebel STEM Academy

2014

Pollen and Mold Lectures at the West Career & Technology Academy

Research

Publications

Presentations

  • Nevada Public Health Association (NPHA) Annual Meeting Las Vegas
    • 2018- Variation of Airborne Mulberry and Olive Pollen Concentrations Among Five Locations in Las Vegas in 2016
  • American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Annual Meeting
    • 2019 - Annual Variation Among Tree Pollen In Las Vegas From 2015-2018
    • 2018 - Comparison of Airborne Mulberry and Olive Pollen Concentrations in Southern Nevada in 2016
    • 2017 - Comparison of Airborne Mold in the Mojave Desert and Las Vegas
    • 2016 - Seasonal Tree, Weed and Grass Pollen Patterns in the Las Vegas Valley
    • 2015 - Mulberry - A Chronic Pollen Offender in Las Vegas
  • American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI)
    • 2016 - Comparison of Airborne Pollen in the Mojave Desert and Las Vegas
    • 2015 - Mulberry and Olive Pollen in Las Vegas

News

A collage of images showing students walking down a campus sidewalk surrounded by green trees as well as a snapshot of a neutral building surrounded by blooming trees.
Mar. 2, 2018

Signs of spring, new rankings, Rebel Red Day, and more in this week's social media recap.

Trees on main campus
Feb. 21, 2018

Tips for avoiding the spores that make you sneeze and snore from UNLV's Pollen Monitoring Program.

Tanvi Patel collects a pollen sample
Apr. 7, 2016

The student who directs the UNLV/CCSD Pollen Monitoring Program dishes on allergy relief tips, common misconceptions about pollen, and why technology can’t replace the human eye.

In the News

Contact

Asma Tahir, MPH
Pollen Program Supervisor
School of Public Health
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Phone: 702-895-1285
Email: UNLVPollen@gmail.com

Mark Buttner, Professor
Principal Investigator
School of Public Health
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Email: mark.buttner@unlv.edu

Dennis A. Bazylinski, Professor
Co-Principal Investigator
School of Life Sciences
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Email: dennis.bazylinski@unlv.edu