I am a microbial ecologist with a focus on aquatic ecosystems (streams, wetlands, and oceans), where I ask questions about the role of good bacteria in providing services for human society, such as removal of excess nutrients and toxic chemicals. My doctoral research at Arizona State University focused on a rural to urban gradient of streams in the Sonoran Desert, and I maintain an interest in the sustainability of desert urban ecosystems. My work with Nevada State College 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.
I joined the Nevada State faculty after a postdoctoral position at the University of Georgia and the University of Hawaii, and a position as faculty at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. While I miss riding my moped down to the beach to surf the dawn patrol, I find the beauty of the desert here in the Las Vegas valley an incredible setting for hikes with my family (two daughters and my husband). I am 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.
Dr. Edmonds regularly teaches: Biol 197 (Principles of Modern Biology II), Biol 220 (Introduction to Ecological Principles) Biol 340 (Urban Agriculture), Biol 408 (Bioremediation), Biol 441 (Field Ecology), Biol 462 (Microbial Ecology), Biol 472 (Limnology)
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