Sustainability @ SNU

Two Sierra Nevada University science students analyze water samples in Lake Tahoe

Environmental, Social, & Life Sciences

Build and challenge your science and sustainability skills and knowledge in a one-of-a-kind laboratory: The Tahoe Basin. Our location is a unique ecosystem, with an extensive research and stewardship presence. Whether your long-term goals are medicine, environmental research, or sustainable practice, there is no environment to learn-by-doing like the Tahoe Basin. Intern with organizations including the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (on campus), USFS, USGS, the Desert Research Institute, and medical and mental health practitioners. Labs and field courses range across northern Nevada and California.

Our students and faculty publish their work in scientific journals, continue their research in the field and land spots in top internship positions and graduate schools.

Learn about the Environmental, Social, & Life Sciences @ SNU

Meet Your Mentors

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Donna Axton Music Program Chair; ProfessorHumanities; Fine Arts

Music, Clinical Psychology

Work Phone: 775-831-1314 x7586

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Steve Ellsworth ProfessorScience and Technology

Work Phone: 775-831-1314 x7457

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Christina Frederick Psychology Program Chair; ProfessorHumanities


Work Phone: 775-831-1314 x7460

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Suzanne Watts Gollery Chair, Department of Science and Technology; ProfessorScience & Technology


Work Phone: 775-831-1314 x7456

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Rosie Hackett Outdoor Adventure Leadership Program Chair; Associate ProfessorInterdisciplinary Studies; Humanities

Outdoor Leadership

Work Phone: 775-831-1314 x7499

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Brennan Lagasse Assistant ProfessorInterdisciplinary Studies; Science and Technology

Outdoor Leadership; Environmental & Social Sustainability

Work Phone: 775-881-1314 x7423

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Chris Lanier Associate ProfessorFine Arts

Digital Arts

Work Phone: 775-831-1314 x7421Website:

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Chuck Levitan ProfessorScience and Technology

Work Phone: 775-831-1314 x7455

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Daryl Teittinen Assistant ProfessorInterdisciplinary Studies; Humanities

Outdoor Technical Training

Work Phone: (775) 831-1314 x7530

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Sue Welsch Professor EmeritusScience and Technology

Work Phone: 775-831-1600

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Katie Zanto Interdisciplinary Studies Program Chair, Associate ProfessorInterdisciplinary Studies; Humanities

English, Outdoor Education

Work Phone: 775-831-1314 x7529

The areas of educational excellence at the Sierra Nevada College of Entrepreneurial Leadership are CREATIVITY (Studio Art, Creative Writing, & Communications), LEADERSHIP (Enterprise Creation and Management), and SUSTAINABILITY (the Environmental, Social, & Life Sciences).