DHS News

Climate change puts endangered Devils Hole pupfish at risk of extinction

Credit: Olin FeuerbacherDRI and UNR scientists report that climate change is hurting reproduction of the endangered Devils Hole pupfish, threatening the survival of this rare species.

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

081314-water-seasonsA 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. Geological Survey, to integrate science and water policy research with extensive community outreach to identify the expected impacts of climate change and solutions for protecting valuable water resources throughout northern Nevada. Read more… 

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

081414-tahoe-nearshore-featureAs 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 Nevada, Reno are continuing research that informs public policy makers and finds solutions to the risks that face the lake's precious ecosystem. 

Proof that industrial lead pollution beat explorers to South Pole by 22 years and persists today

72814-industrial-pollutionNorwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole in December of 1911. More than 100 years later, an international team of scientists led by Joe McConnell of Nevada’s Desert Research Institute (DRI) have proven that air pollution from industrial activities arrived long before. Read more… 

Rewriting the history of volcanic forcing during the past 2000 years

Rewriting the history of volcanic forcing during the past 2000 yearsA team of scientists led by Michael Sigl and Joe McConnell of Nevada’s Desert Research Institute (DRI) have completed the most accurate and precise reconstruction to date of historic volcanic sulfate emissions in the Southern Hemisphere.

DRI scientists help reconstruct 2,000-year-long global temperature record for individual continents

042213-wais-featureIn a new study, published this week in Nature GeoScience, DRI hydrogeologists and atmospheric scientists, led by Joe McConnell, Ph.D., analyze past climate variability using ice cores from West Antarctica. 

Antarctic ice core extracted by DRI scientists contains extraordinary and detailed record of greenhouse gases and climate change

ken-taylor-homepagefeature-020513A team of U.S. ice-coring scientists and engineers in Antarctica, funded by the National Science Foundation and led by Dr. Kendrick Taylor, a research professor with the Division of Hydrologic Sciences at Nevada’s Desert Research Institute, have recovered from the ice sheet a record of past climate and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that extends back 68,000 years.

Desert Research Institute scientist selected to help guide next USGS, NASA Landsat Mission

A computer mockup of the Landsat Satellite collecting data from Earth’s surface.The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has named Justin Huntington, Desert Research Institute assistant research professor, to the National Science Team supporting the new Landsat Data Continuity Mission Satellite, scheduled to launch in February from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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DRI Demonstrates Lake Tahoe Research to Senator Heller

81613-tahoe-summit-featureThe 2012 Lake Tahoe Summit provided an opportunity for Desert Research Institute (DRI) reaseachers to demonstrate to Sen. Dean Heller methods used to study changes in water clarity and invasive species.

Thomas named Executive Director of the Division of Hydrologic Sciences

Hydrogeologist has played key role in water research projects throughout Nevada

RENO – Dr. Jim Thomas has been named the Executive Director of the Division of Hydrologic Sciences (DHS) at the Desert Research Institute (DRI). He was previously DRI’s Director of the Center for Watersheds Environmental Sustainability (CWES).

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

Western Regional Climate Center
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An Inclusive Mission of Research Excellence
Diversity at DRI
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Land and Life
Earth and Ecosystems Sciences (DEES)
Research into changing landscapes including the soils, plants, animals and humans that affect them.

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

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

DRI Nevada Medal Event
2015 Medalist - Dr. Christopher McKay
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Nevada Center of Excellence
Supporting Nevada's Economic Development
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