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DRI is the environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education. With more than 500 employees and two main campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada, DRI generates $50 million in total annual revenue. DRI excels in basic and applied research and the application of technologies to improve people's lives throughout Nevada and the world. Our faculty and students apply scientific understanding to the effective management of natural resources while meeting Nevada's needs for economic diversification and science-based educational opportunities.


As the Earth’s environment continues to change, the need for creative scientific solutions and the application of innovative technologies becomes increasingly important to ensure a balanced future, one that recognizes the need to utilize and maintain those natural systems that sustain humanity around the globe. Since 1959, DRI has stood at the forefront of understanding Earth's complex environmental systems, promoting preservation of diverse ecosystems, advancing responsible natural resource management, and improving human health and welfare throughout Nevada and around the world.
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DRI News and Press Releases

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Tue, 21 Jul 2015

DRI and NvCOE representatives join Governor on Trade Mission to Europe

DUBLIN, IRELAND – Governor Brian Sandoval and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) this week began the first part of the two-week European trade... Read more

Wed, 08 Jul 2015

Volcanic eruptions that changed human history

Researchers find new evidence that large eruptions were responsible for cold temperature extremes recorded since early Roman times RENO - It is well known that large... Read more

Fri, 19 Jun 2015

DRI supports Nevada Senator Harry Reid's Co-Sponsorship Of POWER Act

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today announcing his co-sponsorship of the Power Efficiency and Resiliency (POWER) Act. The POWER... Read more

Tue, 16 Jun 2015

DRI's Alan Gertler to present at July 7 Hayek Group Dinner & Networking Event

The Hayek Group will host Dr. Alan Gertler, DRI's Vice President for Research and Chief Science Officer at their July 7th Group Dinner Meeting.  Lecture Topic:... Read more

Mon, 15 Jun 2015

Exploring Solar Energy's Potential and the Cost of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

New DRI research emphasis on solar PV system life cycle assessments RENO - A new face and a new research focus are expanding the capabilities and... Read more

Fri, 05 Jun 2015

DRI Convocation celebrates scientific, academic achievement and honors graduate student research

DRI President’s Medal awarded to longtime DRI Foundation Trustee Mike Benjamin RENO/LAS VEGAS – On Thursday, June 4 more than 100 people gathered at the Reno... Read more

Fri, 29 May 2015

New method of ice core analysis helps define influence of fresh water on climate during…

RENO – A new study shows how huge influxes of fresh water into the North Atlantic Ocean from icebergs calving off North America during the... Read more

Thu, 21 May 2015

DRI and AWMA honor Galena High School Science Teacher

RENO - In an ongoing effort to support STEM educators in Nevada, Drs. Judith Chow and John Watson, international air quality experts from Nevada’s Desert Research... Read more

Tue, 12 May 2015

DRI’s Christopher Ipsen awarded 2015 Chief Information Security Officer of the Year by SC Magazine

RENO – Christopher Ipsen, Assistant Vice President for Information Technology, Chief Information Officer for Nevada’s Desert Research Institute’s (DRI), has been awarded SC Magazine’s highest... Read more

Mon, 11 May 2015

DRI names Joe Grzymski as Senior Director of Applied Innovation Center

Focus on commercializing research and supporting Nevada's emerging industries and knowledge-based economy RENO - Joe Grzymski, Ph.D., has been named the Senior Director of the Applied... Read more

Wed, 29 Apr 2015

Two-mile long ice core reveals ocean currents transmitted climate changes from the Arctic to the…

Northern temperature changes lead corresponding Southern patterns by 200 years RENO – A new highly detailed ice core from West Antarctica has revealed a consistent pattern... Read more

Thu, 16 Apr 2015

Las Vegas Strip to Feature Innovative Water Conservation Technology

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Boulevard will become the first site in the nation to host a new “Internet of Things” water technology that continuously... Read more

Mon, 13 Apr 2015

Foothill High School student helps DRI name newly discovered microorganism

Las Vegas - On Monday afternoon Brenna Hardtner, a student at Foothill High School in Henderson, Nevada was honored as the official winner of DRI's... Read more

Fri, 10 Apr 2015

DRI's Justin Huntington to serve on Governor's Drought Forum

This week Governor Brian Sandoval called upon Justin Huntington, DRI associate research professor of hydrology, to serve on the newly appointed Nevada Drought Forum. Governor... Read more

Sun, 29 Mar 2015

New research identifies diverse sources of methane in shallow Arctic lakes

Biogenic methane production in lake sediments may be sensitive to increasing global temperatures RENO, Nev. – New research into the changing ecology of thousands of shallow... Read more

Tue, 24 Mar 2015

$4.5 million program to explore agriculture and water management on tribal lands

USDA-funded ‘Native Waters on Arid Lands’ brings together scientists, 1862 and 1994 land-grant institutions and tribal communities of Great Basin and Southwest to address agricultural... Read more

Mon, 16 Mar 2015

NSHE statement on the passing of former Regent Dr. Jack Lund Schofield

Las Vegas, Nevada - March 15, 2015 Dr. Jack Lund Schofield, a lifelong educator and beloved community and state leader, died Saturday at the age of... Read more

Wed, 04 Mar 2015

DRI to host 2015 International Conference on the Future of Military Geosciences

11th Annual event to focus on global security, scientific capabilities and sustainability RENO – Military activities – past, present, and future – will always be strongly... Read more

Tue, 24 Feb 2015

DRI launches global initiative to provide women in developing countries with clean water

International collaboration to focus on Women, Water and Well-Being RENO – Imagine a day in which your access to clean, drinkable water ceased and you... Read more

Wed, 18 Feb 2015

DRI partnership with NV Energy and PepsiCo providing free, hands-on science education training for Nevada…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 18, 2015 LAS VEGAS - More than 90 local teachers from throughout Southern Nevada will gather at the Desert Research Institute's (DRI)... Read more

Fri, 30 Jan 2015

DRI names Chris Ipsen new Assistant Vice President for Information Technology/CIO

RENO - The Desert Research Institute has named Chris Ipsen as Assistant Vice President – Information Technology/Chief Information Officer (AVP-IT/CIO). “Chris will provide leadership, and strategic vision... Read more

Thu, 29 Jan 2015

DRI’s Fenstermaker named Project Director for Nevada’s NASA EPSCoR and Space Grant Programs

New research and S.T.E.M. opportunities to connect NSHE researchers with college and K-12 students  LAS VEGAS - Dr. Lynn Fenstermaker has been named Project Director for... Read more

Wed, 28 Jan 2015

DRI partnership with NV Energy and PepsiCo provides free, hands-on science training for educators

RENO - This Saturday, January 31, more than 80 local teachers from throughout Northern Nevada will gather at the Desert Research Institute's (DRI) Reno campus to... Read more

Thu, 08 Jan 2015

New research outlines global threat of smoldering peat fires

New research published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience, co-authored by Adam Watts, a fire ecologist at DRI and deputy director of DRI’s Climate... Read more

Fri, 05 Dec 2014

NSHE Board of Regents Approve DRI Research Foundation Board of Trustees

The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents approved the following appointments and election of officers to the DRI Foundation Board of Trustees: The Members... Read more

Wed, 12 Nov 2014

DRI ecologist challenges federal definition of wilderness in new book

Addressing the opportunity for wildereness experiences on military lands DRI ecologist challenges federal definition of wilderness in new book. The often untraveled landscapes of the nearly 450... Read more

Mon, 13 Oct 2014

DRI's top climatologist honored for lifetime of public outreach and advocacy

Kelly Redmond named AGU Tyndall History of Global Environmental Change Lecturer Kelly Redmond has dedicated his career to understanding the Earth’s climate and communicating that knowledge... Read more

Mon, 29 Sep 2014

NASA astrobiologist Chris McKay named as the 2015 DRI Nevada Medalist

Reno ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at the Peppermill Resort Spa CasinoLas Vegas ceremony scheduled for Thursday, April 30, 2015 at the Aria Resort... Read more

Mon, 29 Sep 2014

Nathan Allen Named as Executive Director to the Center of Excellence

For Immediate Release: September 29, 2014 The Board of Directors of the Nevada Center of Excellence, a Nevada Not for Profit Corporation, announced today that they... Read more

Tue, 23 Sep 2014

DRI expands Chinese partnership to address water pollution, management issues

New joint laboratory will facilitate training, build on nearly 10 years of international collaboration The Desert Research Institute (DRI) and the Nevada Center of Excellence today announced... Read more

Thu, 18 Sep 2014

DRI announces leadership for Applied Innovation Center

Smith and Speicher to lead Knowledge Fund driven program to foster research and development services Dr. Kimothy Smith Senior Director of the Applied Innovation Center for Advanced... Read more

Thu, 18 Sep 2014

GreenPower DRI installs micro-greens agriculture systems at Earl Wooster High School

Lab equipment upgrades made possible by 2013 DRI Nevada Medalist donation Students at Earl Wooster High School are starting the year off with new science lab... Read more

Fri, 05 Sep 2014

Statement from DRI President on Tesla Announcement

DRI Welcomes Tesla to Nevada The Desert Research Institute proudly welcomes Tesla Motors to Nevada and strongly supports Governor Brian Sandoval and Nevada’s Office of Economic... Read more

Fri, 05 Sep 2014

DRI names new Executive Director of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 5, 2014 Beverly A. Ramsey, Ph.D.RENO – Beverly Ausmus Ramsey, Ph.D. has been named the new Executive Director of the Desert Research... Read more

Tue, 02 Sep 2014

DRI names its first Fire Ecologist

For Immediate Release: September 9, 2014 Adam Watts focused on fire prediction and monitoring, including UAS applications  RENO – Adam Watts, Ph.D., has been named an Assistant... Read more

Tue, 26 Aug 2014

Climate change puts endangered Devils Hole pupfish at risk of extinction

DRI and UNR scientists report that climate change is hurting reproduction of the endangered Devils Hole pupfish, threatening the survival of this rare species. Read more

Wed, 13 Aug 2014

EnergySmart Education hosts Next Generation Science Standards workshop at Squaw Valley

For Immediate Release: August 13, 2014 RENO – Science teachers from across Nevada and Northern California gathered at Squaw Valley last week to take part in... Read more

Tue, 12 Aug 2014

Nevada scientists showcase critical research in Lake Tahoe's nearshore environment

As the annual Lake Tahoe Summit brings attention to the state of Lake Tahoe’s environment, researchers at the Desert Research Institute and the University of... Read more

Tue, 12 Aug 2014

National Science Foundation and USDA award major funding to DRI, UNR and USGS

A competitive grant totaling $3.8 million has been awarded to the University of Nevada, Reno and the Desert Research Institute, in partnership with the U.S... Read more

Tue, 05 Aug 2014

DRI launches "Fire Stories" wildfire behavior study

2013 Rim Fire photo courtesy of InciWeb Download the SenseMaker® App for your iPhone/iPad or AndroidUse Activity Code: EFB_IOS Get the iOS App from iTunes  Activity Code:... Read more

DRI Media Advisories

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Thu, 04 Jun 2015

Media Advisory: DRI to celebrate academic, scientific achievement at June 4th Convocation Ceremony

RENO: Media are invited to attend DRI's Annual Convocation Ceremony on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at DRI's campus in Reno. Awards will be presented to... Read more

Thu, 14 May 2015

Media Advisory: DRI co-hosts Get On Board! Sustainability & Recycling Tour Teacher Training

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 14, 2015 Media Advisory: DRI co-hosts Get On Board! Sustainability & Recycling Tour Teacher Training Las Vegas: Get On Board! Sustainability & Recycling Tour... Read more

Wed, 04 Apr 2012

Media Advisory: DRI Nevada Medal Recipient Dr. Steven Squyres to Skype with Elementary Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 4, 2012 Reporters and Editors, Please Note WHO: Steven Squyres, Ph.D., this year’s recipient of the Desert Research Institute Nevada Medal. WHAT:  As a... Read more

Tue, 03 Apr 2007

Media Advisory: Volunteer weather observers needed for new Nevada Rain, Hail & Snow Network

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 3, 2007 Reporters and Editors, Please Note WHO: Anyone with an interest in and enthusiasm for watching and reporting weather conditions and a... Read more

Thu, 22 Mar 2007

Media Advisory: Smart Living Expo FREE Lecture Series: Panel of architects to speak Desert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2007 Reporters and Editors, Please Note WHO: Sponsors of the Smart Living Expo WHAT: Announce a panel discussion called "The Multitude... Read more

Wed, 21 Mar 2007

Media Advisory: NASA Scientists and Teachers to Study Mars in the Mojave Desert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELESE: March 21, 2007 Reporters and Editors, Please Note Media Day - Wednesday, March 28 WHO: The Mojave Desert Expedition, part of... Read more

Thu, 08 Feb 2007

Media Advisory: Ely adds green power to David E. Norman Elementary School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 8, 2007 Reporters and Editors, Please Note WHO: Desert Research Institute and Sierra Pacific Resources WHAT: Unveil new GreenPower solar... Read more

Sun, 11 Jun 2006

Media Advisory: Lamping Elementary School adds green power to new science building

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jun. 11, 2006 Reporters and Editors, Please Note WHO: Desert Research Institute and... Read more

Mon, 22 May 2006

Media Advisory: DRI hosts Nevada Wildland Fire Research and Outreach Conference Symposium is part of…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May. 22, 2006 WHO:Interested media, the general public who register WHAT: Invited to... Read more

Tue, 04 Oct 2005

Media Advisory: DRI hosts Truckee River Symposium to evaluate policy and science

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 4, 2005 Reporters and Editors, Please Note WHO: Desert Research Institute, the Nevada Water Resources Association and the Nevada Water... Read more

Mon, 03 Oct 2005

Media Advisory: Sandy Miller Academy unveils new GreenPower installation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 3, 2005 Reporters and Editors, Please Note WHO: Desert Research Institute and Nevada Power Co. WHAT:... Read more

Fri, 12 Aug 2005

Media Advisory: DRI hosts Nevada premier of water crisis documentary "Running Dry"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 12, 2005 Reporters and Editors, Please Note WHO: Desert Research Institute in cooperation with Producer/Director Jim Thebaut and... Read more

Tue, 09 Aug 2005

Media Advisory: DRI scientists deploy new tethered helium balloons to aid probe of Las Vegas…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 9, 2005 Reporters and Editors, Please Note WHO: Desert Research Institute and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ... Read more

Sun, 10 Jul 2005

DRI Media Advisory: DRI hosts Chinese for workshop on desert environments and desertification

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jul. 10, 2005 Reporters and Editors, Please Note WHO: Desert Research Institute and the Cold and Arid Regions Environmental Science and Engineering Research... Read more

Thu, 12 May 2005

Media Advisory: Science on the Green

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2005 Reporters and Editors, Please Note WHO: DRI scientists WHAT: Researching natural contributors to air pollution WHERE: Angel Park Golf... Read more

Tue, 03 May 2005

Media Advisory: Tule Springs/Shadow Ridge High School Geoscience Summit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 3, 2005 Reporters and Editors, Please Note Who: Shadow Ridge H.S., DRI, UNLV, Nevada Power, National Science Foundation... Read more

Fri, 25 Feb 2005

Media Advisory: DRI helps launch massive air pollution study to preserve China's Terra-Cotta Warriors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 25, 2005 Reporters and Editors, Please Note WHO: Desert Research Institute; Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy... Read more

Thu, 17 Feb 2005

Media Advisory: GreenPower solar and wind site unveiled at Carson Middle School in Carson City

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 17, 2005 Reporters and Editors Please Note WHO: Desert Research Institute and Sierra Pacific Power Co. WHAT: Unveil new... Read more

Wed, 16 Feb 2005

Media Advisory: Assessing technology for measuring road dust

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 16-17, 2005 Reporters and Editors Please Note WHO: DRI, UC Riverside and Clark County Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management. WHAT:... Read more

Thu, 20 Jan 2005

Media Advisory: DRI Scientists Use New Dome Tent to Make Landmark Discoveries at the Nevada…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 20, 2005 Reporters and Editors, please note this unique story opportunity at the Nevada Test Site: WHO: Desert Research Institute... Read more

Thu, 09 Dec 2004

Media Advisory: Young geologists at Tule Springs "Big Dig"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 9, 2004 Reporters and Editors, Please Note: WHO: Shadow Ridge-Tule Springs Geoscience Education Project WHAT: Archaeological dig, sediment mapping field trip as part of... Read more

Mon, 06 Dec 2004

Media Advisory: Unveil new GreenPower solar electric installation at French Ford Middle School in Winnemucca…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 6, 2004 Reporters and Editors, Please Note: WHO: Desert Research Institute and Sierra Pacific Power Company WHAT: Unveil new GreenPower solar electric installation at... Read more

Wed, 03 Nov 2004

Media Advisory: MESA Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 3, 2004 Reporters and Editors, Please Note: Who: DRI hosts MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) event What: Viva Technology Day, sponsored by U.S. Department... Read more

Mon, 25 Oct 2004

Media Advisory: GreenPower solar and wind site unveiled at Mendive Middle School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 25, 2004 Reporters and Editors, Please Note: WHO: Desert Research Institute and Sierra Pacific Power Company WHAT: Unveil new GreenPower solar electric installation at... Read more

Thu, 21 Oct 2004

Media Advisory: DRI Performs First Cloudseeding of the Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 21, 2004 Reporters and Editors, Please Note: WHO: Desert Research Institute WHAT:Performed first cloudseeding of the season WHERE: Three ground generators in the Lake Tahoe... Read more

Wed, 20 Oct 2004

Media Advisory: DRI Unveils Visualization Lab

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 20, 2004 Reporters and Editors, Please Note: WHO: Desert Research Institute WHAT: Unveils ACES VisLab, a state-of-the-art scientific visualization laboratory WHERE: DRI's Northern Nevada... Read more

Wed, 11 Aug 2004

Media Advisory: DRI hosts Russian, Mongolian history-making delegation as part of Tahoe-Baikal Institute workshop

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 11, 2004 Reporters and Editors, Please Note: WHO: DRI in cooperation with the Tahoe-Baikal Institute WHEN: 4-5... Read more

Wed, 04 Aug 2004

Media Advisory: Sen. John Ensign to visit DRI's Reno campus Friday, August 6

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 4, 2004 Reporters and Editors, Please Note: WHO: U.S. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev. WHEN: 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Friday, August 6 WHERE: DRI's Northern... Read more

Wed, 26 May 2004

Media Advisory: DRI and Australia collaborate on desert solutions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 26, 2004 Reporters and Editors, Please Note: WHO: Members of Desert Knowledge Australia and Desert Research Institute WHAT:Signing a Memorandum of Understanding... Read more

Wed, 28 Apr 2004

Media Advisory: DRI, Sierra Pacific Power Company and the Washoe County School District will unveil…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Apr. 28, 2004 WHAT: Unveiling of GreenPower solar and wind power demonstration generating site WHO: DRI, the DRI Research Foundation, Sierra Pacific... Read more

Mon, 12 Apr 2004

Media Advisory: Congressman Gibbons visits DRI's Reno Campus Friday, April 16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Apr. 12, 2004 Reporters and Editors, Please Note: WHO: Congressman Jim Gibbons, R-Nev, 2nd Congressional District WHEN: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 16 WHERE:... Read more

Fri, 24 Oct 2003

Media Advisory: Meteorology of the Sierra Nevada theme of November 6 Weather Forecasting Workshop in…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 24, 2003 Reporters, Weather Anchors, Forecasters, and News Editors, Please Note: Winter is coming! Tenth Annual Workshop on Weather Prediction in the... Read more

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