Featuring DRI Scientists

Behind the Science with Dr. Brittany Kruger

Brittany Kruger Dr. Brittany Kruger

Dr. Brittany Kruger is a Staff Research Scientist in Geobiology with the Division of Hydrologic Sciences at the Desert Research Institute in Las Vegas, NV. She specializes in the study of microbes that live in deep underground environments, such as those found inside of deep mines. Brittany is a Minnesota native, and holds a Ph.D. and Master’s Degree in Water Resources Science from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Her work has taken her to diverse environments, including Lake Superior, Lake Malawi in Africa, Woods Hole, MA, Japan, and a mile-deep abandoned gold mine in South Dakota. She has been a member of the DRI community since 2014, when she moved to Las Vegas for a position in Dr. Duane Moser’s Environmental Microbiology Lab. In her free time, Brittany enjoys rock climbing in Red Rock Canyon and making trips into the Sierras. Read more

Behind the science with Dr. Hans Moosmüller

Meet Dr. Hans Moosmüller

Moosmuller 6Dr. Hans MoosmüllerDr. Hans Moosmüller is a research professor in the Division of Atmospheric Sciences (DAS) at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Reno, NV, and the senior director of DRI’s Wildland Fire Science Center. He specializes in the study of aerosols, which are tiny particles of solids or liquids that become suspended in the atmosphere and canimpact air quality, climate, and visibility (i.e., dust, wildfire smoke, smog). Hans holds a Ph.D. in physics from Colorado State University and a M.S. in physics from Ludwigs-Maximilians Universität in München, Germany. He has been a member of the DRI community since 1991 and has worked on both the Las Vegas and Reno campuses. Hans was awarded the Nazir and Mary Ansari Medal for Excellence in Science in 2012 and the Nevada Regents’ Researcher Award in 2013. In his free time, he enjoys bicycling, rock climbing, skiing, and other outdoor activities. Read more about Dr. Hans Moosmüller.

Behind the science with Dr. Casey Schmidt

Meet Dr. Casey Schmidt

Schmidt webDr. Casey Schmidt is an assistant research professor of biogeochemistry at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nev. He specializes in ecological engineering, which is a field of study that combines elements of engineering, ecology and design to help solve environmental problems. Casey holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in soil and water science from the University of Florida, and a B.S. in biology from the University of Washington. He has been a member of the DRI community since 2013, when he moved to Reno with his wife and twin daughters. At present, Casey works remotely from his home on Bainbridge Island, WA. In his free time, he enjoys photography and scuba diving.    Read more about Dr. Casey Schmidt.

Behind the Science with Dr. Mary Cablk

Meet Dr. Mary Cablk

Cablk1 webDr. Mary E. Cablk is an Associate Research Professor at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nev. She specializes in the broad category of “detection,” which includes the use of canines to sniff out targets such as human remains, wildlife, and contraband. She holds a Ph.D. in Forest Resources from Oregon State University, and has been a member of the DRI community since 1999, when she moved to Reno for a postdoctoral position. Mary is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Nevada Reno, where she helped to found a forensic anthropology program. She is an Auxiliary Deputy with local sheriff offices, and deploys her own dogs at the request of law enforcement to assist with search and recovery missions. Her current working partner is a Belgian Malinois named Inca, and her last partner, a German Shepherd named Banshee, is retired but lives with her. You can learn more about Mary and her research on her web page: https://www.dri.edu/mary-cablk-research.      Read more about Dr. Mary Cablk.