Earth & Environmental Science

Faculty

CSN Foundation Grant Program; Faculty Competition (GR05392 - 2018/19): $7,000.  Student hands-on-training using trace element scavenging at the sediment-poor water interface in surficial sediments of an arid region of southern Nevada, USA.  

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Space Grant College and Fellowship Training Program Cooperative Agreement (# NNX15A- I02H - 2018-2019):  $44,948.  Faculty Competition-RI.  Trace element scavenging at the sediment-poor water interface in surficial sediments of an arid region of southern Nevada, USA. 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA ) Space Grant Consortium Higher Education, Hands - on – Training grant, 2018/19 (#NNX15AI02H): $50,000.  Subsurface Evidence for Postglacial Holocene and Pluvial Lakes at Eldorado Dry Lake: Central Mojave Desert, Nevada, USA.   

NASA Research Infrastructure Project Grant (NNX15AI02H - 2016-2017): $28,000.  Identification of Air Pollution in Meteoric Waters and its Distribution across the Las Vegas Valley, Nevada (USA). 

Conference PresentationCollumb, CJ, D Ferrari, L Guerrissi, AC Hudson, J. LaFranco, A Lopez-Santiago, C Schroeder, DB Sims, J Stordock, R Taggart, 2018.  Identification of air pollution in meteoric waters and their distribution across the Las Vegas Valley, Nevada (USA)April 21, 2018, Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science annual conference. [Poster] p. 16

NASA-CoP Grant (NNX14Q94A): $350,000 (Spr. 2014 – Spr. 2017).  Provided funding for students at the College of Southern Nevada for hands-on-training during experiential learning.  Mentoring students in groups on field and laboratory research, and conference presentations and academic publications.

Published results: 

Sims, DB, AC Hudson, CJ Collumb, DJ Walton, 2019.  Uptake of Trace Elements in Leaves of the Larrea tridentata in desert washes in an Arid Environment.  Environments 6(6): 1-15

https://www.mdpi.com/2076-3298/6/6/58

Sims, DB, H Porter, JH Park, WG Spaulding, V Hodge, AC Hudson, 2017. Buellia dispersa (Lichens) Used as Bio-Indicators for Air Pollution Transport: A Case Study within the Las Vegas Valley, Nevada (USA).  Environments 4(4):1-19

https://www.mdpi.com/2076-3298/4/4/94

Sims, DB, WG Spaulding, 2017.  Shallow Subsurface Evidence for Postglacial Holocene Lakes at Ivanpah Dry Lake: An Alternative Energy Development Site in the Central Mojave Desert, California, USA.  Journal of Geography and Geology 9(1): 1-24.

http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/jgg/article/view/65389

Sims, DB, A Hudson, J Keller, KI Vatalis, K Modis, 2017. Trace Element Scavenging in Dry Wash Surficial Sediments in an Arid Region of Southern Nevada, USA. Mine, Water and the Environment. 36(1): 124-132.

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10230-015-0379-8

Sims, DB, C Collumb, VF. Hodge, KI Vatalis, V George, 2015.  Larrea Tridentata Uptake of Trace Metals in Mine Tailings of an Arid Region.  International Journal of Plant & Soil Science, 9(5).

Sims, DB, and J Keller, 2014.  Risk associated with redevelopment of abandoned mining sites in hyperarid climates: A Laboratory Experiment and Discussion.  Mine, Water and the Environment, 33(4).

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10230-014-0297-1

Conference Presentations

Spaulding, WG, DB Sims, 2018. A glance to the east: Lake Ivanpah —an isolated southern Great Basin paleolake.  April 21, 2018:  The 32th Annual Desert Symposium.  [Oral] p. 121

Sims, DB, Spaulding, WG, 2018.  Evidence of Post-Glacial and Pluvial Lakes in Ivanpah Valley.  Spring 2018 Seminar Series.  April 11, 2018.  Invited by Dr. Stephen Rowland, UNLV Professor of Geoscience. [Oral]

Sims, DB, WG Spaulding. Evidence for Post-Glacial Lakes in the Ivanpah Basin, NV and CA.  April 15, 2016, The 30th Annual Desert Symposium.  [Oral] p. 135

Sims, DB, WG Spaulding. Post-Glacial Lakes in the Ivanpah Valley, Nevada and California.  April 16, 2016, Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science annual conference. [Oral]

Fauber, M, J Garcia, V Hodge, CM Linares, JH Park, H Porter, DB Sims, (2016)  Preliminary data on tracking air pollution in the Las Vegas Valley using Lichen as ground markersApril 16, 2016, Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science annual conference. [Poster]

Dhalai, A, M Garner, R Gullickson, Sims DB, D Trujillo, (2016) Evaluation of metals in underarm cosmetics and tooth paste as it relates to human exposure. Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science annual conference, April 16, 2016. [Poster]

Curiel, N, M Fauber, J Garcia, C Linares, Y Martinez, C Santos, S Savoia, DB Sims, N Williams.  Preliminary Data on the Paleoclimatic Changes of Ivanpah Dry Lake California using Chemical Evidence of Obliterated Shorelines.  Nevada NASA EPSCoR and Space Grant Consortium Annual Meeting; Las Vegas, NV.  April 30 – May 1, 2015. [Poster]

Sims, DB and GK Gillmore, (2015).  Preliminary Investigation into Paleoclimatic Changes at Ivanpah Dry Lake California using Chemical Evidence of Obliterated Shorelines. April, The 29th Annual Desert Symposium, p 333.  [Poster]

Sims, DB, AC Hudson, JE. Keller, KI Vatalis, K Modis and PS Hooda, (2015).  Trace Elements Transport and associated Desert Varnish in a Dry Ephemeral Wash Containing Former Metal Mining.  April, Desert Symposium, p 333.  [Oral]