Jennifer Edmonds, Ph.D.

assistant professor of environmental microbiology

Ph.D. Ecology, Arizona State University, Tempe
M.S. Aquatic Ecology, University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa
B.S. Biology, Birmingham-Southern College, Alabama

: LAS Building, Office 266
Phone: (702) 992-2637

Jennifer Edmonds is a microbial ecologist with a focus on aquatic ecosystems (streams, wetlands, and oceans), where she asks questions about the role of good bacteria in providing services for human society, such as removal of excess nutrients and toxic chemicals. Her Ph.D. research at Arizona State University focused on a rural to urban gradient of streams in the Sonoran Desert, and she maintains an interest in the sustainability of desert urban ecosystems. Her work with NSC undergraduates includes growing vegetables using hydroponics, measuring changes in the quality of organic matter along the Heihe River in China, and evaluating how land-use and geomorphology influences the water chemistry of the Las Vegas Wash.

Dr. Edmonds joined the NSC faculty after a post-doctoral position at the University of Georgia and the University of Hawaii, and a position as faculty at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. While she misses riding her moped down to the beach to surf the dawn patrol, Dr. Edmonds finds the beauty of the desert here in the Las Vegas valley an incredible setting for hikes with her family (two daughters and her husband). Dr. Edmonds is currently the director of the Environmental and Resource Science program, which emphasizes using interdisciplinary approaches to answer basic scientific questions as well as to address many current environmental concerns here in the valley.

  • BIOL 196 Principles of Modern Biology I
  • BIOL 197 Principles of Modern Biology II
  • BIOL 351 Microbiology
  • BIOL 472 Limnology (the study of freshwaters)
  • ENV 101 Introduction to Environmental Science
selected publications
  • Lu, Y., J.W. Edmonds, Y. Yamashita, B. Zhou, A. Jaegge, *M. Baxley. 2015. Spatial variation in the origin and reactivity of dissolved organic matter in Oregon-Washington coastal waters. Ocean Dynamics, 65(1):17-32.
  • Goodman, K., S.M. Parker, J.W. Edmonds, L. H. Zeglin. 2015. Expanding the scale of aquatic sciences: the role of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). Freshwater Science. 34(1): 377-385.
  • Tatariw C., E Chapman, RA Sponseller, B Mortazavi, JW Edmonds. 2013. Denitrification in a mid-sized river: interactions between geomorphology and microbial community structure.  Ecology, 94(10):2249-2262.
  • Edmonds, J.W., and N.B. Grimm. 2011. Abiotic and biotic controls of organic matter cycling in a managed stream. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences G02015 DOI: 10.1029/2010JG001429 .
  • Edmonds, J.W., N.B. Weston, S.B. Joye, X. Mou, and M.A. Moran.  2009. Microbial community response to seawater amendment in low-salinity tidal sediments. Microbial Ecology, 58(3):558-568.

*denotes undergraduate researcher