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 2153
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 2093
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for Phase 2 of the PD-Tess Project, US Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 1980
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Training Area Expansion, Dugway Proving Ground 1797
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the White Sage 2012 Training Area, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 1713
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory in Support of Air Force Use Areas, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 1830
Air Quality Monitoring for the Hualapai Tribe 1989
Airborne Hyperspectral Data Analysis 1827
Alternative Chirality Amino Acid Utilization Research in Support of Mars Astrobiology Mission Development-Subaward 1944
Alternative futures for the context region of the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Stations, Camp Pendleton and Miramar, CA 1955
Ash Meadows Paleoecology Project 2157
Assessing winter bacterioplankton distribution and carbon cycling as part of AMLR field program 2074
Astrobiological Investigation of the Namibian Desert and other Martian Analog Environments 2210
Astrobiology of Icy Worlds: Habitability, Survivability, and Detectability 2070
AZ/NV Tower Corp. Communication Sites Project 2088
Biological Accumulation of D-amino acids in Endolithic Microbial Communities 1773
Biotic Processes Regulating the Carbon Balance of Desert Ecosystems 1857
Carbon Fluxes in the Southern Ocean as Mediated by Ice-Ocean-Ecosystem Interactions 1622
Carbon Sequestration at United States Marine Corps Installations West 2142
Cathedral Gorge, Lincoln County, NV 1797
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 1623
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 1972
Characterization of Periphyton and Macronutrients in the South Fork of the Humboldt River and Limnological Assessment of the South Fork Reservoir, NV 2566
Climate Change in Nevada: Task 4 1795
Coll. Res.: Free-Drifting Icebergs as Proliferating Dispersion sites of Iron Enrichment, Organic Carbon Production and Export in the Southern Ocean 1390
Coll. Res.: Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 2091
Coll. Res.: Tropical cyclone imprint on late Quaternary alluvial fans of Baja California: Key for understanding arid regions landscape evolution 1746
Coll. Res: Functional Genomics and Physiological Ecology of Seasonal Succession in Antarctic Phytoplankton: Adaptations to Light and Temperature 1599
CSUB NSF CREST Project Support 2032
Cultural Resources Mercury Powerline Agreement 2111
Desert Hot Weather Test Studies 1979
Desert Soil Characterization for Detection of Buried Landmines, Unexploded Ordinance, and Tunnels 1888
Developing a Luminescence Geochronometer for Arctic Ocean Cores 2097
Development of a Standard Approach for Terrestrial Ecosystem Assessment and Monitoring 1826
Digital Mapping Inventory of Biological Soil Crusts in the Muddy Mountain National Wilderness Area, Nevada 1829
Digital Optical Imaging of Ice Cores for Curation and Scientific Applications 2570
DOE Algal-Based Renewable Energy for Nevada 3021
Dusty Miller survey 2051
Effects of Climate Change on Spring Ecosystem Hydroecology as a guide to Developing Alternative Water Policies 2087
EPSCoR Integrated Science Project (ISP): Task 4 1925
Estimating sub-pixel temperature composition using multispectral thermal imaging 1726
FREZCHEM: An Aqueous Geochemical Model for Mars 2194
Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 6160
Geomorphic Mapping in Support of an Archaeological Predictive Model: Proposed Eastern and Western Expansion Areas, Marine Corps Ground Air Combat Center, 29 Palms, California 1794
Global Military Operating Environments: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and Military Operations (GMOE) 3078
Global Military Operating Environments: Soil and Terrain Analysis of Vehicle Mobility Test Course in Suriname 1800
GMOE II: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and military Operations with a focus on Afghanistan and SW Asia 1955
Grant Support FY13 1888
Heterotrophic respiration as affected by dew and water vapor 1831
Historical Properties Management Plan and Survey, NAFB 1643
IMAGE: Improving STEM Education in Nevada with Compelling Earth Science Imagery 1841
Integrated Desert Terrain Forecasting for Military Operations (DTF) 6315
Inventory and Assessment of Lincoln County Historic Cemeteries 1859
Keeler Dunes Owens Lake 2435
Lahontan Natl. Fish Hatchery Complex, Walker Lake 1999
LanDPro: Army Landscape Dynamics Support Program 2272
Late Quaternary alluvial fan systems in semiarid Chile: evolution and paleoclimate linkages. A workshop and field visit to catalyze US-Chile future collaboration 2961
Light Detection and Ranging in the Walker Basin 2334
Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative 2042
Luminescence Dating of Cave Sediments from Atapuerca, Spain 3762
Martian Geochemical Applications with FREZCHEM 3638
Microbial Availability of Wastewater N and P in Las Vegas Wash and in Associated Wetlands 1674
Microbial Degradation of Ethinylestradiol (EE2) and Estradiol (E2) in Lake Mead and Las Vegas Wash 2583
Modeling Complex Geochemical Processes in the Outer Planets Region 1719
Multi-parameter selection curves for machine-assisted annual layer interpretations of the WAIS-Divide core 1613
NDFF Data Management and participation in data synthesis 1755
Nevada Earth/Space Science Initiative (NESSI) 2613
Nevada's Climate Change High School Science Fair network 2762
North Creek Shelter 2042
NRHP Integrity Evaluation for the Lincoln Highway, Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2186
NSF EPSCoR: Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education and Outreach ,Task 7 1848
Oceano Dunes State Rec Area 2274
Organization of a Climate Change Adaptation Workshop for NASA/DFRC 1676
PD Tess 6 1880
PD Tess Phase 8 1867
PD-Tess Phase 7 1873
Pine Expansion of Arid Land: Fire Effects on Safe Site Abundance, Subcontract 2145
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe 2173
Quantifying Paleo-Water Depth Estimates from Lacustrine Sedimentary Features 4032
Quantitative Spectral Characterization of Background Spectra using full Spectrum Hyperspectral Image Data 1845
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 1477
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 2084
Research Development and Test Support YPG 1850
Ruby Pipeline Paleoenvironments-Wyoming 1857
Subpixel artifact detection using remote sensing 2742
Supplemental Research in Support of ARO Funded Project: GMOE 1728
Surface Winds and Dunes on Mars 2116
Tungsten Mountain 2004
Updated Estimation of Annual Phreatophytic Evapotranspiration for White River, Spring, and Snake Valleys 1810
USGS Assignment Mojave Desert 1956
Using Canines to Survey Desert Tortoise: Human and dog comparison 2106
Verification of Empirical Vegetation Index to ET Relationships and Effect of Spatial Scales and Analytical Methodology 1527
Virgin Anasazi Prehistory Project 4311
WRID SCADA Automated Control Site Integration 2022
YPG Contract 1896