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For decades, people have been fascinated by Lake Tahoe – its pristine beauty, its colorful history, as well as the natural forces that created it and continue to influence its growth and development.

By our very proximity, the University of Nevada, Reno is in a unique position to study, research, and appreciate the many facets of Lake Tahoe. This website offers a place to find out about the wide variety of scholarly and creative activity currently being conducted by our University faculty. In addition, it’s a place for us to share our historic maps, photographs, and collections related to Lake Tahoe. more...


Photo of Lake Tahoe with text overlay: Preserving a National Treasure

Photo by Jean Dixon

Nevada graduate students research Tahoe clarity and invasive species
From a Nevada News story by Alix Curac

Two graduate students at the University of Nevada, Reno are doing research to improve the clarity and preserve the ecology of Lake Tahoe. Marcy Kamerath, 25, and Dave Rios, 28, work under the supervision of Sudeep Chandra in the University’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science.

Chandra was one of five speakers featured at the 11th Tahoe Summit on Aug. 15. He reviewed the impact of invasive and non-native fish and plant species, such as curly-leaf pond weed and water milfoil. He also recommended policies, resources and collaborative strategies necessary to slow and control the spread of these species.

As a graduate student at the University, Kamerath’s project involves the invasive species at Lake Tahoe, namely largemouth bass and bluegill. These are species that have been accidentally or intentionally introduced to the lake by fisherman within the last three decades. They are spreading from the southern shores of the largest freshwater lake in the Great Basin to other parts of the lake.

Rios, who is working with Professor Chandra and coadviser Alan Heyvaert at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) on two projects. He said that "one project is looking at the characteristics of the water that enters Lake Tahoe from two waterways on the north shore." "We are interested in the nutrients and sediment that enter the streams and eventually the lake."

His other project deals with constructed wetlands. Similar to Kamerath, he is interested in the habitat provided for invasive species in these wetlands. The more hospitable the habitat is, the more danger there is for the native species

Read the full story in Nevada News, 15 September 2008


Tahoe researchers concerned with invasive clam
Story from CABNR News, by Jeff DeLong, Reno Gazette-Journal. UNR College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources
31 August 2008

"With concern mounting Lake Tahoe could be overrun by invasive mussels, some scientists are considering the possibility that another foreign visitor now living in the lake might already be causing problems.

Asian clams, first discovered on Tahoe’s bottom in 2001, are 'far more extensive' in number than previously thought, scientists said. Clam beds have been found along a swath of Tahoe’s southeast shore from South Lake Tahoe northward to the Zephyr Cove area.

Researchers are now exploring the possibility the clams might be associated with a bloom of algae that occurred in the area this summer.

Others are concerned the clams could boost calcium levels in isolated areas of the lake, potentially allowing destructive quagga or zebra mussels to become established."

Read the full story in CABNR News, 31 August 2008.

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