Road Work at Great Basin National Park
Road work will create delays on the main park road going up to Lehman Caves Visitor Center and Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive. Wheeler Peak Campground will close at noon on September 2nd and portions of the Scenic Drive. Click more for details. Updated 8/25/14 More »
Snake Creek Road and Campsites Closed
The Snake Creek Road will be closed from the park boundary into the park to begin work on campsites, trails and restroom improvements. Work will continue until snow closes the project. Work will resume in Spring 2015.
Below you will find a non-inclusive list of some of the ongoing scientific studies related to Great Basin National Park and Lehman Caves. Much remains to be learned from this region, so check back often to follow as we continue to explore the workings of the Great Basin.
Articles are organized by last name of the principal author.
Acheampong, S. 1992. Isotope hydrology of Lehman and Baker Creeks drainages. MS Thesis, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Allander, K. K. and D. L. Berger. 2009. Seismic velocities and thicknesses of alluvial deposits along Baker Creek in the Great Basin National Park, east-central Nevada. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009-1174, 14 p. Link
Anderson, M. E. and J. E. Deacon. 1996. Status of endemic non-salmonid fishes in Eastern Nevada. Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science 29(2): 124-133.
Arnott H. J. and C. J. Arnott-Thornton. 2001. An SEM study of bristlecone pine litter from Great Basin National Park. Texas Journal of Microscopy 32:20-21.
Asch, T. H., and D. S. Sweetkind. 2010. Geophysical characterization of range-front faults, Snake Valley, Nevada. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1016. 226 p. Link
Baker, G., N. Darby, T. Williams, and J. Wullschleger. 2008. Bonneville cutthroat trout restoration project—Great Basin National Park. Natural Resource Report NPS/NRPC/NRR—2008/055. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. Link
Baker, G. and M. Horner. 2010. Climate change monitoring and installation of GLORIA at Great Basin National Park, 89-92 In Weber, Samantha Ed. Rethinking protected areas in a changing world. Hancock, Michigan: The George Wright Society. Link
Beasley, R. S. and J. O. Klemmedson. 1980. Ecological Relationships of Bristlecone Pine. American Midland Naturalist 104:242-252.
Beever, E. and D. A. Pyke. 2004. Integrated monitoring of hydrogeomorphic, vegetative, and edaphic conditions in riparian ecosystems of Great Basin National Park, Nevada. U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia. Link
Beever, E. A., D. A. Pyke, J. C. Chambers, F. Landau and S. D. Smith. 2005. Monitoring temporal change in riparian vegetation of Great Basin National Park. Western North American Naturalist. 65:382-402. Link
Brown, J. H. 1971. Mechanisms of competitive exclusion between two species of chipmunks. Ecology 52:305-311.
Charlet D. 2003. Collection of vegetation data for fuels mapping and classification of vegetative communities at Great Basin National Park. Final Report. University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Elliott, P. E., D. A. Beck and D. E. Prudic. 2006. Characterization of surface-water resources in the Great Basin National Park area and their susceptibility to ground-water withdrawals in adjacent valleys, White Pine County, Nevada. United States Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado. Report 2006-5099. Link
Floyd, C. H. 2004. Marmot distribution and habitat associations in the Great Basin. Western North American Naturalist. 64:471-481. Link
Glaudas, X., S. R. Goldberg, and B. T. Hamilton. 2009. Reproductive ecology of a cold desert viperid snake from North America, the Great Basin rattlesnake (Crotalus lutosus). Journal of Arid Environments 73:719-725.
Gruell, G. E., L. E. Eddleman and R. G. Jaindl. 1994. Fire history of the pinyon-juniper woodlands of Great Basin National Park. Department of Interior, National Park Service. Technical Report NPS/PNROSU/NRTR-94/01. Seattle, WA. 27 p.
Gruell, G. E. 1999. Historical and modern roles of fire in pinyon-juniper. In: Monsen, Stephen B.; Stevens, Richard, comps. 1999. Proceedings: ecology and management of pinyon-juniper communities within the Interior West; 1997 September 15-18; Provo, UT. Proc. RMRS-P-9. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. Link
Halford, K.J., and R. W. Plume. 2011. Potential effects of groundwater pumping on water levels, phreatophytes, and spring discharges in Spring and Snake Valleys, White Pine County, Nevada, and adjacent areas in Nevada and Utah: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2011-5032, 52 p. Link
Hamilton, B.T., S.E. Moore, T.B. Williams, N. Darby, M.R. Vinson. 2009. Comparative effects of rotenone and antimycin on macroinvertebrate diversity in two streams in Great Basin National Park, Nevada. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 29: 1620-1635.
Hamilton, B. T. 2009. Small mammals in portions of Great Basin National Park susceptible to groundwater withdrawal: Diversity and stable isotope perspectives. Masters Thesis, Department of Biology, Brigham Young University. 79 p. Link
Hartley D. and A. Gubanich. 2004. Baseline assessment of the inventory of bird species of the Great Basin National Park and update of the National Park Service NPSpecies database. Final Report. Reno, Nevada. Link
Hiebert, R. D. and J. L. Hamrick. 1984. An ecological study of bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) in Utah and Eastern Nevada. Great Basin Naturalist 44:487-494.
Heyerdahl, E. K., P. M. Brown, S. Kitchen and M. H. Weber. 2006. Fire regimes and forest structure of Utah and eastern Nevada: a multi-scale history from tree rings. Final report to Utah State Bureau of Land Management. 241 p. Link
Holmgren, N. H. 2004. A new variety of Draba pedicellata and a lectotype for D. cusickii (Brassicaceae). Brittonia (56):107-114.
Horner, M. A., G. M. Baker, and D. L. Hughson. 2009. Baseline Water Quality Inventory of Great Basin National Park. Natural Resource Report NPS/PWR/GRBA/NRTR—2009/201. National Park Service, Fort Collins, Colorado. Available from: Link
Kitchen, S. G., E. D. McArthur, and G. L. Jorgensen. 1999. Species richness and community structure along a Great Basin elevational gradient. In E.D. McArthur, W.K. Ostler, and C.L. Wambolt (comps.), Proceedings: shrubland ecotones; 1998 August 12-14; Ephraim, UT. Proc. RMRS-P-11. Ogden, UT: USDA, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 59-65.
Krejca, J. K. and S. J. Taylor. 2003. A biological inventory of eight caves in Great Basin National Park. Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign, Illinois. Center for Biodiversity Technical Report 2003 (27) 72 p. Link
Lee, D. E. and E. H. Christiansen. 1983. The granite problem as exposed in the Southern Snake Range, Nevada. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology. 83:99-116
Lee, D. E. and E. H. Christiansen. 1983. The mineralogy of the Snake Creek-Williams Canyon pluton, southern Snake Range, Nevada. Department of Interior, US Geological Survey. USGS Open-File Report 83-337.
Lee, D. E. and Christiansen, E. H. 1984. Amounts of selected trace elements present in the Snake Creek-Williams Canyon Intrusion, southern Snake Range, Nevada. Department of Interior, US Geological Survey. USGS Open-File Report 84-344.
Medin, D. E., B. L. Welch and W. P. Clary. 2000. Bird Habitat Relationships along a Great Basin Elevational Gradient. United States Department of Agriculture, Fort Collins, CO. RMRS-RP-23. Link
Metcalf, R. C., G. D. Merritt, M. A. Stapanian, J. R. Baker, K. M. Peres and D. T. Heffem. 1989. Chemistry of selected lakes and streams in Great Basin National Park, Nevada, during winter and spring 1989. Environmental Monitoring Systems Laboratory, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Nowak, R. S., D. J. Moore, R. J. Tausch and R. Stevens. 1999. Ecophysiological patterns of pinyon and juniper. Proceedings: Ecology and management of pinyon-juniper communities within the interior west. Provo, Utah, U.S. Department of Agriculture: Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Ogden, UT September 15-18, 1997:35-46. Link
Pleszewski R. J. 2003. Summary of fuel loads by vegetative alliance groups for the Great Basin National Park and surrounding public lands. Great Basin National Park, Baker, Nevada.
Orndorff R. L. and L. A. Glonek. 2004. Effective and bankfull discharge in Great Basin National Park, Nevada. Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science 36(2):103-110.
Ports, M. A. and P. V. Bradley. 1996. Habitat affinities of bats from northeastern Nevada. Great Basin Naturalist. 56:48-53. Link
Porinchu, D. F., S. Reinemann, B. M. Mark, J. E. Box, and N. Rolland.2010 Application of a midge-based inference model for air temperature reveals evidence of late-20th century warming in sub-alpine lakes in the central Great Basin, United States. Quaternary International 215:15-26.
Prudic, D. E. and P. A. Glancy. 2009. Geochemical investigation of source water to Cave Springs, Great Basin National Park, White Pine County, Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009–5073, 28 p. Link
Reinemann, S. A., D. F. Porinchu, A. M. Bloom, B. G. Mark, J. E. Box. 2009. A multi-proxy paleolimnological reconstruction of Holocene climate conditions in the Great Basin, United States. Quaternary Research 72: 347-358.
Rickart, E. A., L. R. Heaney and R. S. Hoffmann. 2003. First record of Sorex tenellus from the Central Great Basin. The Southwestern Naturalist. 49:132-134.
Rickart, E. A. and S. L. Robson. 2005. Mammals of Great Basin National Park. Final Report, Great Basin CESU task agreement JBR07020002, cooperative agreement HBR07010001. Link
Rickart, E.A., S. L. Robson, and L. R. Heaney. 2008. Mammals of Great Basin National Park, Nevada: Comparative field surveys and assessment of faunal change. Monographs of the Western North American Naturalist 4:77-114. Link
Salzer, M. W. and M. K. Hughes. 2007. Bristlecone pine tree rings and volcanic eruptions over the last 5000 yr. Quaternary Research. 67:57-68. Link
Salzer, M. W., M. K. Hughes, A. G. Bunn, and K. F. Kipfmueller. 2009. Recent unprecedented tree-ring growth in bristlecone pine at the highest elevations and possible causes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 1-6. PNAS published online before print November 16, 2009. Link
Setser, K., J. M. Meik and D. G. Mulcahy. 2002. Herpetofauna of the southern Snake Range of Nevada and surrounding valleys. Western North American Naturalist. 62:234-239. Link
Shear, W. A. 2007. Cave millipeds of the United States. V. The genus Idagona Buckett & Gardner (Chordeumatida, Conotylidae, Idagoninae). Zootaxa 1463:1-12. Link
Shear, W. A., S. J. Taylor, J. J. Wynne, J. K. Krejca. 2009. Cave millipeds of the United States. VIII. New genera and species of polydesmid millipeds from caves in the southwestern United States. Zootaxa 2151:47-65. Link
Shiozawa, D. K. and R. P. Evans. 1994. Relationships between cutthroat trout populations from thirteen Utah streams in the Colorado River and Bonneville drainages. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Contract N. 93-2377
Shiozawa, D. K. and P. R. Evans. 2000. The genetic status of cutthroat trout form Mill Creek, tributary to the Bonneville Basin in Great Basin National Park, Nevada. Final Report to Great Basin National Park, National Park Service, Baker, Nevada.
Shiozawa, D. K. and R. P. Evans. 2002. The genetic status of cutthroat trout from Pine and Ridge Creeks, Great Basin National Park, Nevada. Final Report to Great Basin National Park, National Park Service, Baker, Nevada.
Smith, S. D., K. J. Murray, F. H. Landau and A. Sala. 1994. The woody riparian vegetation of Great Basin National Park. University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV. Contribution Number CPSU/UNLV 050/03
Taylor, S. J., and Holsinger, J.R., 2011. A new species of the subterranean amphipod crustacean genus Stygobromus (Crangonyctidae) from a cave in Nevada, USA Subterranean Biology, 8: 39-47 Link
Taylor, S. J., J. K. Krejca, M. E. Slay, and T. L. Harrison. 2009. Milbert’s Tortoiseshell, Aglais milberti (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae): a facultative trogloxene in alpine caves. Speleology Notes 1:20-23.
Tiehm, A. and P. K. Holmgren. 1991. A new variety of Draba oreibata (Brassicaceae) from Nevada, U.S.A. Brittonia (43): 20-23.
Orndorff, R. L. and L. A. Glonek. 2004. Effective and Bankfull Discharge in Great Basin National Park, Nevada. Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science 36(2): 103-110.
Orndorff, R. L. and J. G. Van Hoesen. 2001. Using GIS to predict the spatial distribution of perennial snow under modern and Pleistocene conditions in the Snake Range, Nevada. 69th Annual Meeting of the Western Snow Conference, Sun Valley, Idaho, 2001: 119-123. Link
Woodyard, J., M. Renfro, B. L. Welch and K. Heister. 2003. A 20-year recount of bird populations along a Great Basin elevational gradient. United States Department of Agriculture, Ogden, UT. RMRS-RP-43. Link
Zeppelini, D., S.J. Taylor, and M.E. Slay. 2009. Cave Pygmarrhopalites Vargovitsch, 2009. (Collembola, Symphypleona, Arrhopalitidae) in United States. Zootaxa 2204:1-18. Link
Did You Know?
Many of Great Basin National Park's bristlecone pines were growing at the time the Egyptians were building the pyramids. Not only are the trees themselves old, but the needles alone can be 25-40 yrs old!