Faculty and students in the Department of Geoscience encompass a broad array of disciplines. Here you will find information on their areas of specialization, current research, teaching, and outreach.

Cooperating Faculty

  • Henry Sun
    Adjunct Faculty Desert Research Institute (DRI) Endolithic Microbes, Desert Microbiology, Geomicrobiology

Forest Inventory and Analysis


For the past two decades, our research group at UNLV has worked in partnership with the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program, which is part of the research and development (R&D) arm of the USDA Forest Service. As the Nation’s forest census, FIA researches and reports forest status and trends in the United States.

As a university partner to FIA, our work focuses on the agency’s strategic program area of inventory, monitoring and analysis. Our area of emphasis is information management research and development to optimize the storage, delivery, analysis and display of forest inventory data. The support we provide helps to ensure that information about the health and productivity of our Nation’s forests is both timely and accurate. This enables policy makers, land stewards and non-governmental groups to base decisions and assessments related to the health, diversity, and productivity of U.S. forests and grasslands on scientifically credible information. For more information on UNLV-FIA employees and our group please visit the following link: https://unlv-fia.github.io/UNLV-FIA-Group/