Earth & Ecosystem Science Research Themes

Petroglyphs at the Nevada Test SiteResearchers within DRI's Earth and Ecosystem Sciences come from a wide variety of scientific backgrounds but have a broad unifying interest in the causes, mechanisms, and history of landscape change over a range of spatial and temporal scales.

Landscapes in this context include the geomorphic surface environment, the soils mantling the surface, and the vegetation and other biota (including humans) that inhabit and modify it.

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3D CAES Virtual Tour on the CAES website 3835
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory and Site Protection Measures in Support of Testing and Training, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3976
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for Phase 2 of the PD-Tess Project, US Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3529
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Training Area Expansion, Dugway Proving Ground 3020
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the White Sage 2012 Training Area, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3056
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory in Support of Air Force Use Areas, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3335
Air Quality Monitoring for the Hualapai Tribe 3520
Airborne Hyperspectral Data Analysis 3353
Alternative Chirality Amino Acid Utilization Research in Support of Mars Astrobiology Mission Development-Subaward 3345
Alternative futures for the context region of the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Stations, Camp Pendleton and Miramar, CA 3542
Ash Meadows Paleoecology Project 3646
Assessing winter bacterioplankton distribution and carbon cycling as part of AMLR field program 3677
Astrobiological Investigation of the Namibian Desert and other Martian Analog Environments 3655
Astrobiology of Icy Worlds: Habitability, Survivability, and Detectability 3835
AZ/NV Tower Corp. Communication Sites Project 3582
Biological Accumulation of D-amino acids in Endolithic Microbial Communities 3104
Biotic Processes Regulating the Carbon Balance of Desert Ecosystems 2820
Carbon Fluxes in the Southern Ocean as Mediated by Ice-Ocean-Ecosystem Interactions 2579
Carbon Sequestration at United States Marine Corps Installations West 3762
Cathedral Gorge, Lincoln County, NV 3072
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 2819
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 3312
Characterization of Periphyton and Macronutrients in the South Fork of the Humboldt River and Limnological Assessment of the South Fork Reservoir, NV 4710
Climate Change in Nevada: Task 4 3026
Coll. Res.: Free-Drifting Icebergs as Proliferating Dispersion sites of Iron Enrichment, Organic Carbon Production and Export in the Southern Ocean 2368
Coll. Res.: Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 3242
Coll. Res.: Tropical cyclone imprint on late Quaternary alluvial fans of Baja California: Key for understanding arid regions landscape evolution 3137
Coll. Res: Functional Genomics and Physiological Ecology of Seasonal Succession in Antarctic Phytoplankton: Adaptations to Light and Temperature 2732
CSUB NSF CREST Project Support 3249
Cultural Resources Mercury Powerline Agreement 3341
Deciphering the metagenome-encoded pathway and domain structure for Palmerolide biosynthesis 2809
Desert Hot Weather Test Studies 3108
Desert Soil Characterization for Detection of Buried Landmines, Unexploded Ordinance, and Tunnels 3105
Developing a Luminescence Geochronometer for Arctic Ocean Cores 3653
Development of a Standard Approach for Terrestrial Ecosystem Assessment and Monitoring 2897
Digital Mapping Inventory of Biological Soil Crusts in the Muddy Mountain National Wilderness Area, Nevada 3072
Digital Optical Imaging of Ice Cores for Curation and Scientific Applications 4405
DOE Algal-Based Renewable Energy for Nevada 4972
Dusty Miller survey 3348
Effects of Climate Change on Spring Ecosystem Hydroecology as a guide to Developing Alternative Water Policies 3216
EPSCoR Integrated Science Project (ISP): Task 4 2946
Estimating sub-pixel temperature composition using multispectral thermal imaging 2910
FREZCHEM: An Aqueous Geochemical Model for Mars 3736
Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 9756
Geomorphic Mapping in Support of an Archaeological Predictive Model: Proposed Eastern and Western Expansion Areas, Marine Corps Ground Air Combat Center, 29 Palms, California 2907
Global Military Operating Environments: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and Military Operations (GMOE) 4665
Global Military Operating Environments: Soil and Terrain Analysis of Vehicle Mobility Test Course in Suriname 3004
GMOE II: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and military Operations with a focus on Afghanistan and SW Asia 3086
Grant Support FY13 3106
Heterotrophic respiration as affected by dew and water vapor 2806
Historical Properties Management Plan and Survey, NAFB 2901
IMAGE: Improving STEM Education in Nevada with Compelling Earth Science Imagery 3014
Integrated Desert Terrain Forecasting for Military Operations (DTF) 10199
Inventory and Assessment of Lincoln County Historic Cemeteries 2935
Keeler Dunes Owens Lake 4070
Lahontan Natl. Fish Hatchery Complex, Walker Lake 3216
LanDPro: Army Landscape Dynamics Support Program 3676
Late Quaternary alluvial fan systems in semiarid Chile: evolution and paleoclimate linkages. A workshop and field visit to catalyze US-Chile future collaboration 5059
Light Detection and Ranging in the Walker Basin 3969
Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative 3193
Luminescence Dating of Cave Sediments from Atapuerca, Spain 5907
Martian Geochemical Applications with FREZCHEM 5973
Microbial Availability of Wastewater N and P in Las Vegas Wash and in Associated Wetlands 2724
Microbial Degradation of Ethinylestradiol (EE2) and Estradiol (E2) in Lake Mead and Las Vegas Wash 3698
Modeling Complex Geochemical Processes in the Outer Planets Region 2915
Multi-parameter selection curves for machine-assisted annual layer interpretations of the WAIS-Divide core 2692
NDFF Data Management and participation in data synthesis 2703
Nevada Earth/Space Science Initiative (NESSI) 4104
Nevada's Climate Change High School Science Fair network 4348
North Creek Shelter 3206
NRHP Integrity Evaluation for the Lincoln Highway, Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3746
NSF EPSCoR: Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education and Outreach ,Task 7 2925
Oceano Dunes State Rec Area 3640
Organization of a Climate Change Adaptation Workshop for NASA/DFRC 2768
PD Tess 6 3011
PD Tess Phase 8 3213
PD-Tess Phase 7 2983
Pine Expansion of Arid Land: Fire Effects on Safe Site Abundance, Subcontract 3461
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe 3351
Quantifying Paleo-Water Depth Estimates from Lacustrine Sedimentary Features 6994
Quantitative Spectral Characterization of Background Spectra using full Spectrum Hyperspectral Image Data 3298
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 2449
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 3460
Research Development and Test Support YPG 3072
Ruby Pipeline Paleoenvironments-Wyoming 3121
Subpixel artifact detection using remote sensing 4434
Supplemental Research in Support of ARO Funded Project: GMOE 2871
Surface Winds and Dunes on Mars 3536
Tungsten Mountain 3140
Updated Estimation of Annual Phreatophytic Evapotranspiration for White River, Spring, and Snake Valleys 3043
USGS Assignment Mojave Desert 3137
Using Canines to Survey Desert Tortoise: Human and dog comparison 3332
Verification of Empirical Vegetation Index to ET Relationships and Effect of Spatial Scales and Analytical Methodology 2610
Virgin Anasazi Prehistory Project 7380
WRID SCADA Automated Control Site Integration 3406
YPG Contract 3064

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