Publications of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Public Policy and Leadership faculty. This department was founded in 2016, and replaces the School of Environmental & Public Affairs.


Submissions from 2010


Native species interactions with red brome: Suggestions for burn-area revegetation, Scott R. Abella


Renewable energy projects in southwestern deserts – Update on our involvement, Scott R. Abella


Survey of resource managers completed on monitoring and management actions for rare plants in Arizona and Nevada, Scott R. Abella


Thinning pine plantations to reestablish oak openings species in northwestern Ohio, Scott R. Abella


Undergraduate and graduate programs in environmental science at UNLV, Scott R. Abella

Using a terrestrial ecosystem survey to estimate the historical density of ponderosa pine trees in northern Arizona, Scott R. Abella, Charles W. Denton, David G. Brewer, Wayne A. Robbie, Rory W. Steinke, and W. Wallace Covington


Evaluating efficacy of restoration techniques, Keys View Road reconstruction, Joshua Tree National Park, California, U.S.A, Scott R. Abella and E. Cayenne Engel


Trying to beat the brome: Understanding establishment thresholds and choosing competitive native species at Parashant National Monument, Scott R. Abella and E. Cayenne Engel

Factors Affecting Exotic Annual Plant Cover and Richness along Roadsides in the Eastern Mojave Desert, USA, Donovan J. Craig, Jill E. Craig, Scott R. Abella, and Cheryl H. Vanier

Live work play: New perspectives on the downtown rebound, Karen A. Danielsen and Robert E. Lang

Policy typology and performance measurement: Results from the Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART), Thomas J. Greitens and M. Ernita Joaquin

Determinants of Program Performance: Results from OMB’s PART Analysis, M. Ernita Joaquin

The Responsible Contract Manager: Protecting the Public Interest in an Outsourced World, M. Ernita Joaquin

Nanotechnology, Risk, and Oversight: Learning Lessons from Related Emerging Technologies., John Kuzma and Susanna Hornig Priest

City-county consolidation: A case study of Carson City, Nevada, Anna Lukemeyer

Enhancing Potential for Integrated Catchment Management in New Zealand: A Multi-Scalar, Strategic Perspective, Ali Memon, Brett D. M. Painter, and Edward P. Weber

What matters to citizens living near the Nevada Test Site, Helen R. Neill

The Effects of personnel reform systems on Georgia state employees’ attitudes: An empirical analysis from a principal-agent theoretical perspective, Sung Min Park

Risk Perceptions Starting to Shift? U.S. Citizens Are Forming Opinions about Nanotechnology, Susanna Hornig Priest, Ted Greenhalgh, and Victoria Kramer


A Question of investment: Is prevention worth the price?, Scott B. Smith and Christine G. Springer

Building a national GIS for the Federated States of Micronesia: Nurturing capacity for marine and terrestrial conservation, William J. Smith

Collaborative environmental research with Native American nations: The role of history, culture, and science, William J. Smith

Achieving community preparedness post-Katrina, Christine G. Springer


Making the most of opportunities during a recession, Christine G. Springer


Pay it forward: Career advice from an ASPA member, Christine G. Springer


Strategic recovery requires leadership, Christine G. Springer


Participatory system dynamics modeling for sustainable environmental management: Observations from four cases, Krystyna Anne Stave

Assessing the effect of systems simulations on systems understanding in undergraduate environmental science courses, Krystyna Anne Stave and Heather Skaza

How do we measure systems thinking and learning?, Krystyna Anne Stave and Heather J. Skaza


Land surface brightness temperature modeling using solar insolation, Haroon Stephen, Sajjad Ahmad, and Thomas C. Piechota


Relating surface backscatter response from TRMM precipitation radar to soil moisture: Results over a semi-arid region, Haroon Stephen, Sajjad Ahmad, Thomas C. Piechota, and Chunling Tang

Bigger Isn’t Better: Corruption in Urban Counties, Christopher Stream and Josie Gatti


Risky business: Effectiveness of state market-based health programs, Christopher Stream and Nathan Myers


The Hall of Fame for Great Americans: Organizational comatosis or hibernation, William N. Thompson and M. Ernita Joaquin

Overcoming obstacles to collaborative water governance: moving toward sustainability in New Zealand, Edward P. Weber and Ali Memon

Submissions from 2009


ENV 492 undergraduate research symposium, Scott R. Abella

Post-fire Plant Recovery in the Mojave and Sonoran Desert of Western North America, Scott R. Abella


Progress in strategic research areas, Scott R. Abella

Smoke-Cued Emergence in Plant Species of Ponderosa Pine Forests: Contrasting Greenhouse and Field Results, Scott R. Abella


Synthesis completed of post-fire recovery of native perennials in the Mojave, Sonoran Deserts, Scott R. Abella


Tree canopy types constrain plant distributions in Ponderosa Pine- Gambel Oak Forests, Northern Arizona, Scott R. Abella

Spatial Variation in Reference Conditions: Historical Tree Density and Pattern on a Pinus Ponderosa Landscape, Scott R. Abella and Charles W. Denton


Heat and smoke effects on red brome soil seed banks, Scott R. Abella and E. Cayenne Engel


Early post-fire plant establishment on a Mojave Desert burn, Scott R. Abella, E. Cayenne Engel, Christina L. Lund, and Jessica E. Spencer

Using a Diverse Seed Mix to Establish Native Plants on a Sonoran Desert Burn, Scott R. Abella, John L. Gunn, Mark L. Daniels, Judith D. Springer, and Susan E. Nyoka

A systematic review of species performance and treatment effectiveness for revegetation in the Mojave Desert, USA, Scott R. Abella and Alice C. Newton

Assessing an Exotic Plant Surveying Program in the Mojave Desert, Clark County, Nevada, USA, Scott R. Abella, Jessica E. Spencer, Joshua Hoines, and Carrie Nazarchyk

Planting Trials in Northern Arizona Ponderosa Pine Forests, Scott R. Abella and Judith D. Springer

Estimating soil moisture using remote sensing data: A machine learning approach, Sajjad Ahmad, Ajay Kalra, and Haroon Stephen

Political culture and online access to state and county budgets, Thomas J. Greitens, M. Ernita Joaquin, E. Lee Bernick, and Josie Gatti

Bureaucratic Adaptation and the Politics of Multiple Principals in Policy Implementation, M. Ernita Joaquin

Contracting and networking: Some notes on decision making, M. Ernita Joaquin and Thomas J. Greitens

Presidential Policy Initiatives and Agency Compliance: Organizational Adaptation to A-76., M. Ernita Joaquin and Thomas J. Greitens


Network governance and health care policy, M. Ernita Joaquin and Nathan Meyers

A Topography of federal employees and agencies: Examining and evaluating organizational effectiveness and performance, M. Ernita Joaquin and Sung Min Park

Evaluating changes and estimating seasonal precipitation for Colorado River Basins using nonparametric density estimation, Ajay Kalra, Sajjad Ahmad, and Haroon Stephen

Understanding Public Support for Stem Cell Research: Media Communication, Interpersonal Communication and Trust in Key Actors, Hui Liu and Susanna Hornig Priest

No more "business as usual": Addressing climate change through constructive engagement., Edward Maibach and Susanna Hornig Priest

Impact of weather modification and land cover change on streamflow, C. Moser, Haroon Stephen, Glenn A. Tootle, and Thomas C. Piechota


An Examination of rural residents’ perceptions of environmental activities at the Nevada Test Site: Results of a mail questionnaire 2008 – 2009, Helen R. Neill

Sustainability and uranium production: Lessons from the dismal science and beyond, Helen R. Neill

Stigmatized property values: A tale of two neighborhoods, Helen R. Neill and Djeto D. Assane

Shallow buried transuranic waste: A comparison of remediation alternatives at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Helen R. Neill and Robert H. Neill


Rural communities and awareness of DOE environmental management programs at the Nevada Test Site: Do outreach efforts matter?, Helen R. Neill, K. K. Snyder, and Janet Ward

New public management and post-NPM reform drivers: An empirical analysis of two competing and complementing values among U.S. federal employees, Sung Min Park


Motivated to serve: An empirical examination of motivation and consequences in the public and nonprofit organizations, Sung Min Park and Jessica Word

Working across the divide: Job involvement in the public and nonprofit sectors, Sung Min Park and Jessica Word

Relating backscatter from TRMM precipitation radar to surface soil moisture over a semi-arid region, Thomas C. Piechota, Haroon Stephen, and Sajjad Ahmad

Curiouser and curiouser, Susanna Hornig Priest

Risk Communication for Nanobiotechnology: To Whom, about What, and Why?, Susanna Hornig Priest

Science and Technology Policy and Ethics: What Role Should Science Museums Play?, Susanna Hornig Priest


Risk communication for emerging technologies: A mini-roadmap, Susanna Hornig Priest, Ted Greenhalgh, and Elizabeth Young

Relating soil moisture to TRMMPR backscatter in Southern United States, Sumit Puri, Haroon Stephen, and Sajjad Ahmad

Disaster on pacific islands: Contextualizing external emergency response and technology, William J. Smith

Environmental technology transfer to the poor communities: Concerns, limitations, and opportunities, William J. Smith

Geographic research in water resources: A vibrant research agenda for the next 20 years, William J. Smith

Improving access to safe drinking water in rural, remote, and least-wealthy small islands: Non-traditional methods in Chuuk State, Federal States of Micronesia, William J. Smith

Problem-centered vs. discipline-centered research for the exploration of sustainability, William J. Smith

The Impact of neoliberalism and technology on the human right to water: The case of the privatization of Manila's water, William J. Smith


Las Vegas: The perils of deception fueled growth, William J. Smith and Ahmad Safi


Emergency managers as change agents, Christine G. Springer


Managing in a time of crisis, Christine G. Springer

Managing with strategic themes, Christine G. Springer


Strategic management in a networked world, Christine G. Springer


Strategic management of disaster preparedness, Christine G. Springer

Strategic management of risk matters, Christine G. Springer


Strategic management of three critical levels of risk, Christine G. Springer


Transition teams matter, Christine G. Springer

A Test of the relative effectiveness of using systems simulations to increase student understanding of environmental issues, Krystyna Anne Stave and Heather Skaza

Experimental comparison of system dynamics versus traditional facilitation in a real world public participation application, Krystyna Anne Stave and Marcia Turner

Improved soil moisture estimation from TRMM precipitation radar backscatter corrected for azimuth modulation, Haroon Stephen, Sajjad Ahmad, and Thomas C. Piechota

How can we assess whether our simulation models improve the system understanding for the ones interacting with them, Michaela Tabacaru, Birgit Kopainsky, Agata Sawicka, Krystyna Anne Stave, and Heather Skaza

Reading Hurricane Katrina: Information Sources and Decision-Making in Response to a Natural Disaster, Karen Taylor, Susanna Hornig Priest, Hilary Sisco Fussell, Stephen Banning, and Kenneth Campbell

Predicting turnover of appointed county managers in large American counties, Robert J. Tekniepe and Christopher Stream


How to harness the full potential of integrated catchment management as a pathway to sustainability, Edward P. Weber, Ali Memon, and Brett D. M. Painter