Geographic Area: Western United States
Leora Nanus is broadly interested in the sustainability of natural resources under climate change and anthropogenic stressors in coastal to montane environments. This includes understanding interactions among atmospheric, hydrologic, and biogeochemical processes and mechanisms of pollutant transport in protected landscapes of California and the western US. She is particularly interested in understanding connections between chemical or physical landscape stressors and ecosystem response in National Parks and wilderness areas of the Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevada, and across the western United States. Recent and current research includes understanding controls on spatial and temporal variation in water quality, evaluating ecological effects of air and water pollution, modeling critical loads of atmospheric nitrogen, applying stable isotope techniques to distinguish sources of pollutants to watersheds, and vulnerability of the water-energy-food nexus.