Brenda Buck

( University of Nevada, Las Vegas )


(702) 895-1694
  • Institution:University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Departments: Geology, Geoscience
  • Research Fields: Medical Geology - Mineral Dust And Effects On Human Health, Social Science Of Arid Environments (Modern And Ancient)
  • Disciplines: Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Engineering, Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Soil Sciences
  • Location:Clark County
  • Funding:DoE - Department of Energy, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NSF - National Science Foundation, Space Grant - National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics


Dr. Buck’s research focuses on medical geology – in particular how geological materials impact health. Currently, her work focuses on dust and hazards associated with dust exposure including those from asbestiform minerals, arsenic, and other carcinogens. She also performs research to better understand and quantify arid soil processes so that this knowledge can be applied in land use decisions, radionuclide and heavy metal contamination, biologic soil crusts, paleoclimate interpretations, landscape evolution, soil genesis, geomorphic hazards, and other applications.