Communications Staff


Greg Bortolin, Director of Communications & Government Affairs

GregBortolin Reno: 775.673.7465
Reno Fax: 775.673.7421
Las Vegas: 702.862.5409
Las Vegas Fax: 702.862.5496
Cell: 775.741.3648

Greg Bortolin is the director of communications and government affairs at the Desert Research Institute. He is a registered lobbyist in the Nevada Legislature and DRI’s point of contact with Nevada’s Congressional delegation. Reporting directly to President Stephen Wells, he also oversees DRI’s media, marketing and outreach activities. He manages the annual Nevada Medal Dinner, which has raised an unprecedented $400,000 in unrestricted funds after expenses since 2012. more >>

Justin Broglio, Communications Officer for Reno

JustinBroglioReno: 775-673-7610
Mobile: 775-762-8320

Justin Broglio is the Desert Research Institute's Communications Officer, based in Reno. He joined DRI in August 2012 and plays a key role in implementing DRI's comprehensive public relations and communications efforts. He oversees DRI's website content and hands-on social media engagement and serves as the liasion between DRI faculty/staff and media outlets. Justin is the primary spokesperson for the Reno campus.   more >>

Catherine Schell, Public Information Officer for Las Vegas

Las Vegas:702-862-5411
755 El. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Catherine Schell is the Desert Research Institute's Public Information Officer, based in Las Vegas. She joined DRI in December 2013 and is one of the core contributors to implementing DRI's public relations and communications efforts in Southern Nevada. Catherine is the liasion and primary spokesperson for the Las Vegas campus.  more >>

Dawn Coots, Program & Events Coordinator

Dawn CootsReno: 775-674-7555
2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512

Stephan Ross, Webmaster

Stephan Ross, WebmasterReno: 775-673-7468
2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512

Jennifer Baro, Web Designer & Developer

Jennifer Baro, Web Design and DevelopmentReno: 775-673-7410
2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512


Atmospheric Sciences (DAS)
Air quality and atmospheric research including meteorology, visibility and pollutant transport.

Western Regional Climate Center
Climate Information and Data Services
Providing jointly developed products, services and capabilities that enhance the delivery of public climate info.

Diversity at DRI
An Inclusive Mission of Research Excellence
Diversity at DRI
Offering a supportive and diverse environment for our students, faculty/staff and visitors.

Land and Life
Earth and Ecosystems Sciences (DEES)
Research into changing landscapes including the soils, plants, animals and humans that affect them.

GreenPower Program
K-12 Outreach and Education
Supporting Nevada educators in science-based, environmental education with free tools, resources, and training.

Renewable Energy at DRI
Discovering New Energy Production Methods
dri-renewable-energyExpanding renewable energy research throughout Nevada and around the U.S.

Hydrologic Sciences (DHS)
Study of the natural and human factors that influence the availability and quality of water resources.

DRI Nevada Medal Event
2014 Medalist - Dr. Albert "Yu-Min" Lin
Proudly honoring outstanding achievement in science and engineering with gala events in Reno and Las Vegas.

Nevada Center of Excellence
Supporting Nevada's Economic Development
Center of ExcellenceCombining NSHE water expertise and IBM’s advanced technologies to grow tomorrow's workforce.