University of Nevada, Reno Drought Expertise Resource List

Compiled by Claudene Wharton, whartonc@unce.unr.edu.

EXPERTISE RELATED TO DROUGHT

 

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO :

 

Name: Douglas P. Boyle

Title: Nevada State Climatologist, Associate Professor of Water Resources and Climate Change Organization: University of Nevada, Reno, College of Science, Nevada State Climate Office

Phone: 775-784-1723

Email: douglasb@unr.edu

Website: www.climate.unr.edu

Expertise: Drought, water supply, climate change, megadroughts, paleoclimate modeling

 

Name: Scott Tyler

Title: Professor

Organization: College of Science, Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering, Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences;

Phone: 775-784-6250

Email: styler@unr.edu

Website: www.unr.edu/geology/people/scott-tyler

Expertise: drought; arid zone water resources; groundwater recharge in arid environments

 

Name: Bill Payne

Title: Dean, Professor

Organization: College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources; Director of Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station

Phone: 775-784-6237

Email: bpayne@cabnr.unr.edu

Website: www.cabnr.unr.edu

Expertise: drought; arid region soils, sustainable agriculture; crop physiology; soil physics and hydrology, sustainability, agro-climatology

 

Name: Sudeep Chandra

Title: Professor

Organization: College of Science, Department of Biology

Phone: 775-784-6221

Email: sudeep@cabnr.unr.edu

Website:

Expertise: limnology, aquatic ecosystems; aquatic ecology, native fisheries/ecosystem restoration and conservation, invasive species

 

Name: John Cushman

Title: Professor

Organization: College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Phone: 775-784-1918

Email: jcushman@unr.edu

Website: http://www.cabnr.unr.edu/BMB/directory_details.aspx?hIj7_GDp0x45=36

Expertise: developing  water-conserving photosynthetic pathways that helps plants survive in seasonally arid climates or those with intermittent water supply

 

Name: Laurel Saito

Title: Associate Professor

Organization: College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, Director of the Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences

Phone: 775-784-1921

Email: lsaito@cabnr.unr.edu

Website: http://www.ag.unr.edu/saito

Expertise: drought; effects of regional climate change on landscapes, ecosystems, and water resources. Aquatic ecosystem and reservoir management; ecosystem, hydrodynamic and water resources modeling; interdisciplinary modeling; international issues in water resources

 

Name: Tamzen Stringham

Title: Professor

Organization: College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources; Dept. of Agriculture, Nutrition and Veterinary Sciences

Phone: 775-784-6755

Email: tstringham@cabnr.unr.edu

Website: www.cabnr.unr.edu

Expertise: Arid rangeland ecological site modeling, state and transition modeling, rangeland restoration and rangeland water issues.

 

Name:  Barry Perryman

Title: Professor

Organization: College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources; Dept. of Agriculture, Nutrition and Veterinary Sciences

Phone:  775-784-1265

Email: bperryman@cabnr.unr.edu

Website: www.cabnr.unr.edu

Expertise: rangeland water issues, effects of prescribed fire on Great Basin rangelands, wildfire impacts on rangelands.

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION:

 

Name: Jay Davison

Title: Area Forage and Alternative Crops Specialist

Organization: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

Phone: 775-423-5121

Email: davisonj@unce.unr.edu

County where you work/live: Churchill

Expertise related to “Living With Drought”: Crop irrigation strategies for drought.

 

Name: Ed Smith

Title: Natural Resource Specialist

Organization: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

Phone: 775-782-9960

Email: smithe@unce.unr.edu

County where you work/live: Statewide (Home office Gardnerville)/Carson City

Expertise related to “Living With Drought”: Advice on wildfire threat reduction to homes. Please note: Currently, the National Interagency Fire Center is predicting “normal potential for significant wildfire behavior for Nevada” through June (http://www.predictiveservices.nifc.gov/outlooks/monthly_seasonal_outlook.pdf). I’m not aware of any authority promoting an extreme season because of the drought for Great Basin so far, the Sierra’s are a different story however.

 

Name: Heidi Kratsch

Title: Horticulture Specialist

Organization: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

Phone: 775-784-4848

Email: kratschh@unce.unr.edu

County where you work/live: Washoe

Expertise related to “Living With Drought”: Expertise in Landscape Water Conservation, including use of low-water-use native plants, plant selection, efficient irrigation for drought; lawn care for drought

 

Name: Brad Schultz

Title: Humboldt County Extension Educator

Organization: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

Phone: 775-623-6304

Email: schultzb@unce.unr.edu

County where you work/live: Humboldt

Expertise related to “Living With Drought”: How drought affects ranchers; how best to downsize herd; what to do with infrastructure to prepare for future drought; availability of water for animals; how drought affects plants and how long they can graze.

 

Name: Kent McAdoo

Title: Natural Resources Specialist

Organization: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

Phone: 775-738-1251

Email: mcadook@unce.unr.edu

County where you work/live: Elko

Expertise related to “Living With Drought”:  Drought tolerant rangeland and pasture vegetation

 

Name: Loretta Singletary

Title: Professor & Interdisciplinary Outreach Liaison

Organization: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

Phone: 775-771-4452

Email: singletaryl@unce.unr.edu

County where you work/live: Campus Based–Statewide

Expertise related to “Living With Drought”: Research interests and outreach programs focus on water markets and collaborative processes engaging community stakeholders as part of an Integrated Water Management approach to water scarcity and water quality issues.

 

Name: JoAnne Skelly    

Title: Extension Educator, Carson City/Storey County

Organization: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

Phone: 775-887-2252

Email: skellyj@unce.unr.edu

County where you work/live: live Washoe, work Carson City

Expertise related to “Living With Drought”: Low-water-use plants, plant care for drought (including lawn), water-efficient landscaping, firescaping, diagnosing plant stress problems

 

Name: Joy Paterson

Title: Integrated Pest Management Educator

Organization: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

Phone: 775-427-5121

Email: patersonj@unce.unr.edu

County where you work/live: Churchill/Lyon, but travel frequently throughout the state

Expertise related to “Living With Drought”: Invasive weeds in Nevada; preventing weed dispersal. (Drought is beneficial to weeds, weakening native or desirable plants giving weeds a competitive advantage.) Honey bees, native pollinators, insect pests and native insects, which will be impacted by the drought.

 

Name: Staci Emm

Title: Extension Educator

Organization: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

Phone: 775-945-3444

Email:  emms@unce.unr.edu

County where you work/live:  Mineral County

Expertise related to “Living With Drought”: Agricultural water use; Agricultural Profitability; Risk Management  Insurance Options; Business Development; American Indian land tenure and water rights

 

Name: Tom Harris

Title: Director of the Center of Economic Development, and State Extension Specialist

Organization: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

Phone:  775-784-1681

Email: harris@unr.edu

County where you work/live: Washoe

Expertise related to “Living With Drought”: Regional economic, employment and household income impacts of drought.

 

Name: Carol Bishop

Title: Extension Educator

Organization: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

Phone: 702-397-2604

Email: bishop@unce.unr.edu

County where you work/live: Northeast Clark County

Expertise related to “Living With Drought”: Economics of Low-Water-Use Alternative Crops, edible landscapes

 

Name: Steve Lewis

Title: Douglas County Extension Educator

Organization: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

Phone: 775-782-9960

Email: lewiss@unce.unr.edu

County where you work/live: Douglas

Expertise related to “Living With Drought”: Planting issues for agriculture; Developing water conservation programs; Private well owners and well management

 

Name: John Cobourn

Title: Water Resource Specialist

Organization: Northern Area of Cooperative Extension

Phone: 775-336-0244

Email: cobournj@unce.unr.edu

County where you work/live: Live in Douglas County and work in the Washoe County office.

Expertise related to “Living With Drought”: Water-efficient Landscaping; Landscape Design; Indoor Water Conservation; Predicted Climate Change Impacts; Watershed Management; Maintaining Home Irrigation systems

 

Name: Sherm Swanson

Title: Riparian Specialist

Organization: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

Phone: 775-784-4057

Email: sswanson@cabnr.unr.edu

County where you work/live: Washoe

Expertise related to “Living With Drought”: Assessing and coping with fire danger

– Challenges in meeting water quality standards

– Fire and fire potential

– Managing herd size

– Managing pastures

 

Name: Steve Foster

Title: Pershing County Extension Educator

Organization: UNCE Pershing County

Phone: 775-273-2923

Email: fosters@unce.unr.edu

County where you work/live: Pershing

Expertise related to “Living With Drought”: Developing Ranch Drought Management Plans

 

Name: Angela O’Callaghan

Title: Social Horticulture Specialist

Organization: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

Phone: 702-257-5581

Email: ocallaghana@UNCE.unr.edu

County where you work/live: Clark

Expertise related to “Living With Drought”: water conservation – soil amendments, plant selection, mulch selection, recognizing environmental damage on plants.

 

Name: M L Robinson

Title: Specialist/Associate Professor

Organization: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

Phone:  702-257-5529

Email: Robinsonm@unce.unr.edu

County where you work/live: Clark

Expertise related to “Living With Drought”: Desert Bio-Scaping (how to save water and energy in desert landscapes), Water Harvesting and Water Cycle, drought-tolerant plants for urban landscape and how they are able to survive, evaluating desert crops and new drought-tolerant landscape plants for desert landscapes.

 

Name: Mark Walker

Title: Dean and Director

Organization: University of Nevada Cooperative Extension

Phone: 775-7784-7070

Email: walker@unce.unr.edu

County where you work/live: Washoe

Expertise related to “Living With Drought” (30 words or less):  Data analysis and interpretation, hydrologic field measurements, public education, public water supply.

 

Name: Wendy Hanson-Mazet      

Title: Master Gardener Program Coordinator

Organization: Mineral County Cooperative Extension

Phone: 775-784-4848

Email: hansonw@unce.unr.edu

County where you work/live: Washoe

Expertise related to “Living With Drought”: low water-use gardening