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The Henderson Field Station supports research scientists leading projects in desert ecosystem restoration, genetics of iconic trees of the Mojave Desert, predator-prey studies on protected lands, and more. Select the next tab for a comprehensive summary of studies at this site.

Symbolized by vast expanses of playas, arid grasslands, shrublands, and woodlands, the deserts of North America support a wide diversity of plants and animals, many of which are found nowhere else. Changing land use patterns and the recent explosion of population growth in the southwestern United States threaten biodiversity and ecosystem integrity in this region.  

Lead scientists and staff at the Henderson Field Station conduct research in desert ecosystems on federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Department of the Army, Department of Energy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Forest Service and on habitats and species of concern to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They provide technical assistance to these agencies and also to state and local jurisdictions, such as the Nevada Division of Wildlife, California Department of Fish and Game, and the Clark County (Nevada) and Washington County (Utah) Desert Conservation Plans pertaining to threatened species. They collaborate with biologists, geologists, cartographers, and hydrologists within USGS, the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and University of Nevada, Reno, the University of California, Riverside and Berkeley, and Denver University.