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Posted inSci/Tech

Big data modeling, forest fuels mapping aids in mitigating catastrophic wildfire risk

RENO, Nev. – Modeling and mapping fire-vulnerable forest vegetation across millions of acres in      California, scientists at the University of Nevada, Reno are using a variety of new technologies with massive amounts of data and computational power. This research will help optimize fuel management to reduce fire risk, support carbon sequestration and improve water quality. […]

Posted inEnviro

World’s largest freshwater fish found, released in the Cambodian Mekong River

Stung Treng, Cambodia – What has long been one of the great wildlife mysteries – the identity of the world’s largest freshwater fish – appears to have been solved last week as fishers in northern Cambodia, working with an international team of scientists, discovered a 661-pound (300 kilos) giant freshwater stingray near a remote island […]

Posted inSci/Tech

Gene-editing breakthrough in the battle against tick-borne diseases

RENO, Nevada – University-led research has developed a new method that allows gene editing in ticks at the embryo stage, a protocol previously thought impossible for ticks. This ground-breaking discovery, published in iScience Journal, could decrease the ability of ticks to be a vector for disease causing pathogens. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, […]

Posted inSci/Tech

Fire tornado prediction tools to be developed for public safety during extreme wildfires

With massive wildfires plaguing the western United States, scientists have been tracking an increase in dangerous wildfire-generated extremes, including fire-generated thunderstorms and tornados embedded in wildfire plumes that can reach up to a mile high. University of Nevada, Reno and DRI researchers are building the predictive and diagnostic tools that will transform the understanding of […]

Posted inRegional

Thermal cameras installed by ALERTWildfire to help firefighters see through Caldor Fire smoke

Two thermal cameras are in place for the Caldor Fire to help firefighters see active flames through the dense smoke that hampers efforts to knock down the blaze. ALERTWildfire crews from the Nevada Seismological Laboratory and DigitalPath, a wireless Internet service provider based in Chico, California, installed the second camera Friday, Aug. 27 at Angel’s […]

Posted inRegional

Forest and research resilience demonstrated through Sierra Nevada AMEX study

The Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Experiment (AMEX), a University of Nevada, Reno-led forest management experiment, could not be more timely nor more critical as the region experiences another summer of megafires and enters a period scientists refer to as “the Pyrocene.” This Pyrocene is driven by an accumulation of fuels in forests (think of wood in […]

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Mountain chickadees resist age-related cognitive declines

RENO, Nevada – A combination of harsh winters and strong selection on cognitive abilities needed to find thousands of food caches lead to the evolution of specialized spatial cognition in food-caching species such as mountain chickadees, allowing them to resist age-related cognitive declines, according to a University of Nevada, Reno study published in the Proceedings […]

Posted inCalifornia

Climate change and suppression tactics are critical factors increasing fires

February 18, 2021 – The millions of people affected by 2020’s record-breaking and deadly fires can attest to the fact that wildfire hazards are increasing across western North America. Both climate change and forest management have been blamed, but the relative influence of these drivers is still heavily debated. The results of a recent study show […]

Posted inEnviro

Climate change is a stressor of insect populations around the world, including on Donner Summit

RENO, Nevada January 29, 2021 – Climate change is an important contributor to insect declines around the world, according to a new study published in the scientific journal PNAS that examined continuous long-term monitoring of butterfly and other insect populations. “Specifically, we looked at long-term data sets from relatively protected areas – areas where the […]

Posted inRegional

Researchers quantify carbon changes in Sierra Nevada meadow soils

RENO, NV, November 16, 2020 – Meadows in the Sierra Nevada mountains are critical components of watersheds. In addition to supplying water to over 25 million people in California and Nevada, meadows contain large quantities of carbon belowground. While it has been known for some time that meadows have large quantities of soil carbon, whether […]

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