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For nearly 60 years, the Desert Research Institute (DRI) has excelled in scientific research and the application of technologies to improve lives throughout Nevada and the world. With campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, DRI serves as the non-profit research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education.
Since 1959, DRI's research has advanced scientific knowledge, supported Nevada's diversifying economy, provided science-based educational opportunities, and informed policy makers, business leaders, and community members. Committed to scientific excellence and integrity, DRI faculty, students, and staff develop scientific knowledge and innovative technologies, improving lives within Nevada and around the globe.
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January 23, 2019: In the Line of Fire
Fire behavior is becoming more unusual and unpredictable. Listen to stories from wildland firefighters and learn what firefighters’ journals can teach us about risk, values, and decision-making.


The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is a recognized world leader in investigating the effects of natural and human-induced environmental change and advancing technologies aimed at assessing a changing planet. For more than 50 years DRI research faculty, students, and staff have applied scientific understanding to support the effective management of natural resources while meeting Nevada's needs for economic diversification and science-based educational opportunities.
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DRI News and Announcements

Mon, 03 Dec 2018

Data from DRI ice core lab shows rapid melting of Greenland ice sheet

Reno, Nev. (Dec. 5, 2018): The melting of the Greenland ice sheet has increased rapidly in response to Arctic warming, and is likely to continue to do so into the future, according to... Read more

Tue, 27 Nov 2018

DRI ice core data illustrates climate “teleconnection” between Earth’s poles during climate changes in the…

Reno, Nev. (Nov. 28, 2018): This week, new research on historical climate changes in the Earth’s polar regions by an international team of scientists was... Read more

Fri, 16 Nov 2018

Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center Receives $4.5M for Continued Research 

Collaborative climate research center has received renewed funding from USGS to continue climate studies and outreach throughout the U.S. Southwest.  November 15, 2018 (Reno, NV) -... Read more

Thu, 15 Nov 2018

In Memoriam – Dr. John Hallett

Please join us for the Celebration of Life for Dr. John Hallett on Monday, December 17th from 3pm-5pm in the DRI Stout Conference Center, located at... Read more

Tue, 13 Nov 2018

First non-polar historical iodine record shows impact of fossil fuel emissions

Reno, Nev. (Nov. 13, 2018): A new ice core record from the French Alps shows impacts of fossil fuel emissions in the form of a... Read more

Thu, 01 Nov 2018

DRI and Collaborators Awarded $6 Million Grant for Innovative Genetic Research

Project to create jobs and develop new technologies in Nevada, Maine, New Hampshire Las Vegas, NV (November 1, 2018):  The Desert Research Institute, in partnership with... Read more

Thu, 18 Oct 2018

DRI Welcomes Sheldon Flom as New Vice President for Finance and Business

Reno, NV: The Desert Research Institute proudly announced today that Sheldon Flom, CPA has been named the Institute’s new Vice President for Finance and Business.     Flom has... Read more

Thu, 18 Oct 2018

DRI Welcomes Tracy Bower as New Director of External Affairs

Las Vegas, NV:  The Desert Research Institute proudly announced today that Tracy Bower has been named the Institute’s new Director of External Affairs. Bower will lead DRI’s... Read more

Mon, 24 Sep 2018

Renown Health Appoints DRI's Joseph Grzymski, Ph.D., as Chief Scientific Officer

RENO, Nev. (Sept. 25, 2018) – Taking the next step toward expanding its landmark population health and genetics research initiative to a statewide and national level, Renown Healthtoday... Read more

Fri, 21 Sep 2018

Interdisciplinary research team to investigate impact of changing mountain snowpack on agriculture in western US

Reno, NV (Friday, September 21) - Mountain snowpack and rainfall are the primary sources of water for the arid western United States, and water allocation... Read more

Thu, 20 Sep 2018

DRI ice core data provides insight into how dust and precipitation reach Earth's poles

Reno, NV (September 20, 2018): In September, new research by a team from the University of California, Santa Barbara, the University of Washington, Columbia University... Read more

Mon, 10 Sep 2018

Updated California Climate Tracker tool provides more than 120 years of climate data

Reno, NV (Sept 10, 2018): Scientists from the Western Regional Climate Center (WRCC) at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Reno, NV are pleased to... Read more

Tue, 28 Aug 2018

Low-severity wildfires impact soils more than previously believed

New research shows negative effects of fire on soil structure and organic matter Las Vegas, NV (August 28, 2018): Low-severity wildland fires and prescribed burns have... Read more

Wed, 15 Aug 2018

Significant amount of cancer-causing chemicals stays in lungs during e-cigarette use, Nevada-based researchers find

Reno, NV(August 15, 2018) – E-cigarettes have become increasingly popular as a smoke-free alternative to conventional tobacco cigarettes, but the health effects of “vaping” on humans... Read more

Tue, 31 Jul 2018

Governor Sandoval, President Averyt meet with Ghanaian President Akufo-Addo during Trade Mission

ACCRA, GHANA (July 30, 2018) – Highlighted by a meeting with President Nana Akufo-Addo, the successful first leg of Governor Brian Sandoval’s trade mission to... Read more

Fri, 20 Jul 2018

Gault site research pushes back date of earliest North Americans

Luminescence dating confirms human presence in North America prior to 16 thousand years ago, earlier than previously thought July 20, 2018 (Reno, NV) - For decades, researchers believed the Western Hemisphere was settled... Read more

Thu, 19 Jul 2018

Tesla selects DRI’s Science Alive program to develop statewide teacher training infrastructure focused on robotics…

Reno, NV (July 19, 2018): The Desert Research Institute is proud to announce that the DRI Science Alive K-12 Outreach Program has been selected as one... Read more

Wed, 06 Jun 2018

DRI's Ben Hatchett wins Nature Geostory competition

Reno, NV (June 6, 2018): Benjamin Hatchett, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow with the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Reno, has been selected as one of... Read more

Fri, 01 Jun 2018

Craig Rosen Recognized as Nevada Sustainability Leader

NV GREEN Alliance Names DRI Science Alive Administrator 2018 Environmental Hero at Awards Gala May 22, 2018 (Las Vegas, NV) - Craig Rosen, Community Relations... Read more

Wed, 09 May 2018

Lead pollution in Greenland ice shows rise and fall of ancient European civilizations

Reno, NV (May 14, 2018): To learn about the rise and fall of ancient European civilizations, researchers sometimes find clues in unlikely places: deep inside... Read more

Tue, 24 Apr 2018

Ancient ‘quids’ reveal genetic information, clues into migration patterns of early Great Basin inhabitants

Las Vegas, NV (Tuesday, April 24, 2018): If you want to know about your ancestors today, you can send a little saliva to a company where –... Read more

Tue, 24 Apr 2018

DRI launches cybersecurity internship program in collaboration with SANS Institute

Program now accepting applications for 2018 Reno, NV (Tuesday, April 24, 2018): From malware infections to attacks on critical infrastructure like electricity grids, cybercrime is a... Read more

Tue, 20 Mar 2018

New research improves prospects for imperiled Devils Hole Pupfish in captivity

DRI study finds key differences between artificial habitat and the real Devils Hole Las Vegas, NV (Tuesday, March 20, 2018): In a first-of-its kind study of... Read more

Thu, 15 Mar 2018

Healthy Nevada Project announces pilot study insights and phase two enrollment

Population Health Study Begins Clinical Care Integration and Opens Genomic Testing to 40,000 Nevadans Reno, Nev. (March 15, 2018) – Eighteen months ago, northern Nevada made... Read more

Wed, 14 Mar 2018

DRI Stories in the Snow Project collects over 400 images from local citizen scientists

Detailed photographs help local scientists understand regional storms, collect weather data Reno, NV (Wednesday, March 14, 2018): No two snow crystals are alike, an old saying... Read more

Thu, 01 Mar 2018

Board of Regents award DRI air pollution expert 2018 Rising Researcher Award

Dr. Vera Samburova Winner of 2018 Rising Researcher AwardReno, Nev.  (Thursday, March 1, 2018) - The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents... Read more

Thu, 01 Feb 2018

Saving the Desert’s Upper Crust

NEXUS researchers investigate the preservation of a vital component of desert ecosystems To a casual observer, desert lands may appear a barren vista of sand and soil... Read more

Wed, 17 Jan 2018

Scientists investigate northern Sierra Nevada snow droughts

New research from DRI explores root causes of declining snowpack levels Reno, NV (Wednesday, January 17, 2018): The Lake Tahoe Basin and northern Sierra Nevada are currently... Read more

Tue, 09 Jan 2018

Helix to help expand Healthy Nevada Project

Community-driven population health study prepares to significantly increase public enrollment Reno, Nev. and San Carlos, Calif. (Tuesday, January 9, 2018) – Fifteen months after launching the... Read more

Fri, 05 Jan 2018

DRI names Lawrence Buja new Vice President for Research

Reno, NV (Friday, January 5, 2018): Lawrence Buja, Ph.D., has been named the new Vice President for Research (VPR) for Nevada’s Desert Research Institute. Dr. Buja... Read more

Thu, 07 Dec 2017

Climate Engine offers unprecedented access to Earth image datasets

New web application utilizes Google Earth Engine to process and visualize climate and satellite image data Reno, NV (Thursday, December 7, 2017): Working with large environmental... Read more

Fri, 17 Nov 2017

DRI and Scripps Oceanography receive $3 million NOAA grant to help decision makers prepare for…

Program to focus on climate-driven impacts to local communities Reno, NV (Friday, November 17, 2017): A climate research program led by scientists at the Desert Research... Read more

Wed, 08 Nov 2017

DRI Science Alive included in Nevada’s newest list of recommended STEM programs

Reno, NV (Wednesday, November 8, 2017): The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is proud to announce that Science Alive, the Institute’s K-12 outreach program and home of... Read more

Tue, 05 Sep 2017

Massive Antarctic Volcanic Eruptions Linked to Abrupt Southern Hemisphere Climate Changes Near the End of…

New findings explain synchronous deglaciation that occurred 17,700 Years Ago (Reno, NV) – New findings published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences... Read more

Wed, 30 Aug 2017

DRI Nevada Medal Community Event: Women Shaping the Future of Science and Technology

Special DRI Nevada Medal Community Event: “Women Shaping the Future of Science and Technology" Tuesday, September 26, 2017 As part of the 2017 Nevada Medal events, DRI... Read more

Thu, 10 Aug 2017

Black Carbon Emissions from Ancient Wildfires Linked to Historical Climate Conditions

DRI-led research team publishes longest ice core black carbon record to date Reno, NV (Thursday, August 10, 2017): Smoky skies and burnt landscapes are the easily... Read more

Tue, 01 Aug 2017

In Memoriam - Dr. Barbara Zielinska

A memorial service for Barbara is scheduled for Friday, August 18, 2017 at the Mountain View Mausoleum, Meditation Chapel, 435 Stoker Avenue Reno at 12... Read more

Fri, 14 Jul 2017

DRI Researchers Identify Connection Between Atmospheric River Events and Avalanche Fatalities in Western United States

RENO, NV (Friday, July 14, 2017): Recently published research led by atmospheric scientists at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) demonstrates a connection between the occurrence... Read more

Fri, 14 Jul 2017

Source of Arctic Mercury Pollution Identified in New Study

DRI research team part of international effort to understand global impact Reno, NV (Friday July 14, 2017): Vast amounts of toxic mercury are accumulating in the... Read more

Thu, 29 Jun 2017

DRI’s Alan Gertler awarded prestigious fellowship at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem

Reno, NV: Dr. Alan Gertler, DRI’s Vice President for Research and Chief Science Officer, has been named a 2017-2018 Lady Davis Fellow at the Hebrew... Read more

Wed, 17 May 2017

DRI secures $47 million to continue work for U.S. Department of Energy

Technical research contract to build on more than 40 years of scientific and engineering service Las Vegas, Nev. (Thursday, May 18, 2017): Building on more than... Read more

Mon, 24 Apr 2017

2017 Snowmelt Runoff Signals Good News for Walker Lake but Raises Flooding Concerns Along Walker…

USGS model simulations suggest that Walker Lake will rise by as much as 15 to 18 feet this year, the most in a single year... Read more

Wed, 19 Apr 2017

New Technology Company Comes to Nevada to Focus on Water Quality

Australia-based STAR Water Solutions to partner with DRI to bring innovative bio-filtration technologies to Nevada LAS VEGAS — With support from WaterStart, Australia-based water technology... Read more

Thu, 13 Apr 2017

Celebrating over 15 years of science in the classroom

DRI Science Alive Program launches new brand, new tools for Nevada’s teachers Reno, Nev. – Building on nearly two decades of science education and outreach across... Read more

Fri, 03 Mar 2017

DRI and Italian researchers collaborate to share climate science expertise

Las Vegas, Nevada – (March 3, 2017): The Desert Research Institute (DRI) this week hosted leaders from the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and... Read more

Fri, 03 Mar 2017

Regents honor DRI’s Casey Schmidt with Rising Researcher Award

Reno, Nev. (March 3, 2017): The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents this week awarded Casey Schmidt, Ph.D., an assistant research professor of... Read more

Fri, 03 Mar 2017

Call for Applications: 2017 Wagner Memorial Award for Women in Atmospheric Sciences

RENO, NV – The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is now accepting applications for the Peter B. Wagner Memorial Award for Women in Atmospheric Sciences. The... Read more

Wed, 22 Feb 2017

A new model, a new vision for health science

RENO, Nev. (February 21, 2016) – Six months after recruiting 10,000 residents to participate in a one-of-a-kind, community-based population health study, Nevada-based Renown Health, the... Read more

Thu, 16 Feb 2017

DRI unmanned cloud-seeding realizes beyond visual line of sight

Research team records longest unmanned, cross-country flight in Nevada history Reno, Nev. (Feb. 16, 2017) – Nevada’s unmanned cloud-seeding research team today realized another fundamental capability... Read more

Thu, 09 Feb 2017

A life-detection strategy for NASA’s Europa Lander Concept

DRI microbial ecologist co-authors report on the scientific value of future mission Reno, Nevada – Dr. Alison Murray’s research has taken her to the southern-most waters surrounding... Read more

Fri, 03 Feb 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Kristen Averyt

Statement from Acting President Dr. Robert Gagosian On behalf of everyone at the Desert Research Institute, I would like to congratulate Dr. Kristen Averyt on her... Read more

Fri, 03 Feb 2017

Regents name Dr. Kristen Averyt president of the Desert Research Institute

Reno, Nevada – February 3, 2017: The Board of Regents today approved the appointment of Dr. Kristen Averyt  as the next president of the Desert... Read more

Fri, 27 Jan 2017

Dr. Kristen Averyt named finalist for Desert Research Institute presidency

January 27, 2017 RENO, Nev. -- After completing a nationwide search, today the DRI President Search Committee and the Advisory Committee have nominated Dr. Kristen Averyt... Read more

Sat, 14 Jan 2017

Two finalists named for Desert Research Institute presidency

Finalists are Dr. Kristen Averyt of the University of Colorado Boulder and Dr. Philip Mote of the Oregon Climate Change Institute January 14, 2017 LAS VEGAS, Nev... Read more

Tue, 10 Jan 2017

Rocky Mountain haze - Study finds a link between drought and air quality in the…

Reno, Nevada - During summer months in the West people often head to the mountains to escape the haze regularly found in lower elevation cities... Read more

Fri, 02 Dec 2016

DRI Foundation names seven new Trustees, three reappointments

RENO, Nev. (Dec. 2, 2016) –The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents today approved the following appointments and election of officers to the DRI... Read more

Tue, 29 Nov 2016

Prominent geophysicist Marcia McNutt named 30th DRI Nevada Medalist

Special events scheduled for Fall 2017 in Reno and Las Vegas RENO, Nev. (Nov. 30, 2016) – The Desert Research Institute (DRI) proudly announces the selection... Read more

Thu, 10 Nov 2016

Hazardous chemicals discovered in flavored e-cigarette vapor

Scientists stress need for thorough research into flavored e-liquids RENO – Building on more than 30 years of air quality research in some of the most... Read more

Fri, 04 Nov 2016

In Memoriam – Dr. Kelly Redmond

Donations to support the Dr. Kelly Redmond Memorial Fund can be made to the DRI Foundation online. [CLICK HERE] to donate and be sure to... Read more

Tue, 01 Nov 2016

Research Takes Flight with NV Energy Drone Pilot Program

RENO, Nev. – Nov. 1, 2016 - NV Energy announced today that with several partners, it has completed a drone pilot program to inspect, collect... Read more