How has NSF EPSCoR helped prepare you for your future?

by UNLV Undergraduate student, Darius Jackson I am currently working ...
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Dr. Boehm works with graduate students on the rooftop of the Thomas Beam Engineering Building at UNLV.

A Recap of the Nexus Project in its First Year

Development of renewable energy resources is a national priority, and ...
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Dr. Markus Berli: Playing with Soil is Serious Business

Have you ever stared at a pile of soil sitting under a beautiful fruitful plant and wondered what role it plays in the extraordinary things growing around it? Or imagined that soil has a fragile architecture that is impacted by the environment in which it exists? It’s these questions that excite Markus Berli, Ph.D., associate research professor for environmental hydrogeophysics at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Las Vegas. With more than 17 years’ experience in basic and applied research related to the physics, mechanics and hydraulics of soils and soft rocks, Berli’s research focuses on figuring out how soil and water work together. Originally from Switzerland, Berli did not begin his educational journey thinking he would study soil for a living. No one in his family studied science, but Berli was fascinated by Albert Einstein’s work and interested in learning more about how the world works from a scientific perspective. He originally planned to become a hardcore physicist, but with the influence of some passionate professors at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ), in Switzerland he was drawn toward studying the natural environment. More specifically, he was intrigued and excited by the complexities of soil and loved ...
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The Solar Energy Nexus is creating a center of research excellence that will help Nevada build capacity in solar energy generation.
Photo by Stan Shebs


Teams of scientists are working to develop sustainable water/wastewater approaches to support water needs for solar energy in Nevada.


Preserving fragile environments is a key focus in achieving benefits from solar energy conservation.


Researchers are developing cutting-edge technology to enhance Nevada’s interconnectivity between research institutions.
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Economics & Energy

Researchers are developing ways to improve the development and reliability of renewable and solar energy supply

Research Integration

Research integration is being accomplished through four research integration clusters that promote shared planning and discussion of research activities.