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 2365
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 2323
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for Phase 2 of the PD-Tess Project, US Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2174
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Training Area Expansion, Dugway Proving Ground 1962
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the White Sage 2012 Training Area, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 1914
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory in Support of Air Force Use Areas, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2049
Air Quality Monitoring for the Hualapai Tribe 2218
Airborne Hyperspectral Data Analysis 2044
Alternative Chirality Amino Acid Utilization Research in Support of Mars Astrobiology Mission Development-Subaward 2119
Alternative futures for the context region of the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Stations, Camp Pendleton and Miramar, CA 2168
Ash Meadows Paleoecology Project 2362
Assessing winter bacterioplankton distribution and carbon cycling as part of AMLR field program 2329
Astrobiological Investigation of the Namibian Desert and other Martian Analog Environments 2440
Astrobiology of Icy Worlds: Habitability, Survivability, and Detectability 2256
AZ/NV Tower Corp. Communication Sites Project 2309
Biological Accumulation of D-amino acids in Endolithic Microbial Communities 1945
Biotic Processes Regulating the Carbon Balance of Desert Ecosystems 2008
Carbon Fluxes in the Southern Ocean as Mediated by Ice-Ocean-Ecosystem Interactions 1757
Carbon Sequestration at United States Marine Corps Installations West 2402
Cathedral Gorge, Lincoln County, NV 2020
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 1815
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 2195
Characterization of Periphyton and Macronutrients in the South Fork of the Humboldt River and Limnological Assessment of the South Fork Reservoir, NV 2859
Climate Change in Nevada: Task 4 1987
Coll. Res.: Free-Drifting Icebergs as Proliferating Dispersion sites of Iron Enrichment, Organic Carbon Production and Export in the Southern Ocean 1542
Coll. Res.: Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 2279
Coll. Res.: Tropical cyclone imprint on late Quaternary alluvial fans of Baja California: Key for understanding arid regions landscape evolution 1989
Coll. Res: Functional Genomics and Physiological Ecology of Seasonal Succession in Antarctic Phytoplankton: Adaptations to Light and Temperature 1806
CSUB NSF CREST Project Support 2266
Cultural Resources Mercury Powerline Agreement 2317
Desert Hot Weather Test Studies 2165
Desert Soil Characterization for Detection of Buried Landmines, Unexploded Ordinance, and Tunnels 2103
Developing a Luminescence Geochronometer for Arctic Ocean Cores 2359
Development of a Standard Approach for Terrestrial Ecosystem Assessment and Monitoring 2017
Digital Mapping Inventory of Biological Soil Crusts in the Muddy Mountain National Wilderness Area, Nevada 2023
Digital Optical Imaging of Ice Cores for Curation and Scientific Applications 2836
DOE Algal-Based Renewable Energy for Nevada 3328
Dusty Miller survey 2281
Effects of Climate Change on Spring Ecosystem Hydroecology as a guide to Developing Alternative Water Policies 2257
EPSCoR Integrated Science Project (ISP): Task 4 2123
Estimating sub-pixel temperature composition using multispectral thermal imaging 1940
FREZCHEM: An Aqueous Geochemical Model for Mars 2464
Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 6730
Geomorphic Mapping in Support of an Archaeological Predictive Model: Proposed Eastern and Western Expansion Areas, Marine Corps Ground Air Combat Center, 29 Palms, California 1974
Global Military Operating Environments: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and Military Operations (GMOE) 3312
Global Military Operating Environments: Soil and Terrain Analysis of Vehicle Mobility Test Course in Suriname 2000
GMOE II: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and military Operations with a focus on Afghanistan and SW Asia 2126
Grant Support FY13 2093
Heterotrophic respiration as affected by dew and water vapor 1983
Historical Properties Management Plan and Survey, NAFB 1836
IMAGE: Improving STEM Education in Nevada with Compelling Earth Science Imagery 2047
Integrated Desert Terrain Forecasting for Military Operations (DTF) 6859
Inventory and Assessment of Lincoln County Historic Cemeteries 2038
Keeler Dunes Owens Lake 2666
Lahontan Natl. Fish Hatchery Complex, Walker Lake 2207
LanDPro: Army Landscape Dynamics Support Program 2485
Late Quaternary alluvial fan systems in semiarid Chile: evolution and paleoclimate linkages. A workshop and field visit to catalyze US-Chile future collaboration 3285
Light Detection and Ranging in the Walker Basin 2615
Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative 2226
Luminescence Dating of Cave Sediments from Atapuerca, Spain 4093
Martian Geochemical Applications with FREZCHEM 4167
Microbial Availability of Wastewater N and P in Las Vegas Wash and in Associated Wetlands 1837
Microbial Degradation of Ethinylestradiol (EE2) and Estradiol (E2) in Lake Mead and Las Vegas Wash 2763
Modeling Complex Geochemical Processes in the Outer Planets Region 1892
Multi-parameter selection curves for machine-assisted annual layer interpretations of the WAIS-Divide core 1795
NDFF Data Management and participation in data synthesis 1931
Nevada Earth/Space Science Initiative (NESSI) 2887
Nevada's Climate Change High School Science Fair network 3034
North Creek Shelter 2247
NRHP Integrity Evaluation for the Lincoln Highway, Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2440
NSF EPSCoR: Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education and Outreach ,Task 7 2036
Oceano Dunes State Rec Area 2525
Organization of a Climate Change Adaptation Workshop for NASA/DFRC 1873
PD Tess 6 2107
PD Tess Phase 8 2077
PD-Tess Phase 7 2080
Pine Expansion of Arid Land: Fire Effects on Safe Site Abundance, Subcontract 2343
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe 2372
Quantifying Paleo-Water Depth Estimates from Lacustrine Sedimentary Features 4441
Quantitative Spectral Characterization of Background Spectra using full Spectrum Hyperspectral Image Data 2052
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 1621
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 2331
Research Development and Test Support YPG 2053
Ruby Pipeline Paleoenvironments-Wyoming 2090
Subpixel artifact detection using remote sensing 2995
Supplemental Research in Support of ARO Funded Project: GMOE 1915
Surface Winds and Dunes on Mars 2337
Tungsten Mountain 2207
Updated Estimation of Annual Phreatophytic Evapotranspiration for White River, Spring, and Snake Valleys 2003
USGS Assignment Mojave Desert 2158
Using Canines to Survey Desert Tortoise: Human and dog comparison 2346
Verification of Empirical Vegetation Index to ET Relationships and Effect of Spatial Scales and Analytical Methodology 1678
Virgin Anasazi Prehistory Project 4896
WRID SCADA Automated Control Site Integration 2215
YPG Contract 2080