I'm saddened to report that Dr. Gary Vinyard of the University
of Nevada passed away unexpectedly this past week. He died of
a heart attack in the middle of the night. Gary was 49 years old,
and is survived by a wife and two children.
Gary was ~not~ a phycologist; rather an aquatic ecologist who
specialized in desert fishes; his signature work relating to
the endangered Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. However, as a member
of a relatively small community of aquatic ecologists conducting
research in the Great Basin, Gary routinely crossed discplinary
boundaries with scientific ease and grace.
A sad irony in all of this is that at the time of Gary's passing,
he was a PI on two recently funded projects directed at understanding
the impacts of groundwater solute exchange on attached algae
communities in the Truckee River Basin.
He will be missed.
Water Resources Center
Desert Research Institute
University and Community College System of Nevada
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