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 2596
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 2521
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for Phase 2 of the PD-Tess Project, US Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2403
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Training Area Expansion, Dugway Proving Ground 2119
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the White Sage 2012 Training Area, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2112
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory in Support of Air Force Use Areas, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2308
Air Quality Monitoring for the Hualapai Tribe 2427
Airborne Hyperspectral Data Analysis 2257
Alternative Chirality Amino Acid Utilization Research in Support of Mars Astrobiology Mission Development-Subaward 2298
Alternative futures for the context region of the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Stations, Camp Pendleton and Miramar, CA 2392
Ash Meadows Paleoecology Project 2541
Assessing winter bacterioplankton distribution and carbon cycling as part of AMLR field program 2574
Astrobiological Investigation of the Namibian Desert and other Martian Analog Environments 2631
Astrobiology of Icy Worlds: Habitability, Survivability, and Detectability 2441
AZ/NV Tower Corp. Communication Sites Project 2511
Biological Accumulation of D-amino acids in Endolithic Microbial Communities 2134
Biotic Processes Regulating the Carbon Balance of Desert Ecosystems 2164
Carbon Fluxes in the Southern Ocean as Mediated by Ice-Ocean-Ecosystem Interactions 1882
Carbon Sequestration at United States Marine Corps Installations West 2644
Cathedral Gorge, Lincoln County, NV 2220
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 2005
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 2404
Characterization of Periphyton and Macronutrients in the South Fork of the Humboldt River and Limnological Assessment of the South Fork Reservoir, NV 3169
Climate Change in Nevada: Task 4 2204
Coll. Res.: Free-Drifting Icebergs as Proliferating Dispersion sites of Iron Enrichment, Organic Carbon Production and Export in the Southern Ocean 1669
Coll. Res.: Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 2461
Coll. Res.: Tropical cyclone imprint on late Quaternary alluvial fans of Baja California: Key for understanding arid regions landscape evolution 2214
Coll. Res: Functional Genomics and Physiological Ecology of Seasonal Succession in Antarctic Phytoplankton: Adaptations to Light and Temperature 2008
CSUB NSF CREST Project Support 2446
Cultural Resources Mercury Powerline Agreement 2492
Desert Hot Weather Test Studies 2352
Desert Soil Characterization for Detection of Buried Landmines, Unexploded Ordinance, and Tunnels 2271
Developing a Luminescence Geochronometer for Arctic Ocean Cores 2592
Development of a Standard Approach for Terrestrial Ecosystem Assessment and Monitoring 2189
Digital Mapping Inventory of Biological Soil Crusts in the Muddy Mountain National Wilderness Area, Nevada 2208
Digital Optical Imaging of Ice Cores for Curation and Scientific Applications 3098
DOE Algal-Based Renewable Energy for Nevada 3619
Dusty Miller survey 2506
Effects of Climate Change on Spring Ecosystem Hydroecology as a guide to Developing Alternative Water Policies 2436
EPSCoR Integrated Science Project (ISP): Task 4 2297
Estimating sub-pixel temperature composition using multispectral thermal imaging 2149
FREZCHEM: An Aqueous Geochemical Model for Mars 2713
Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 7236
Geomorphic Mapping in Support of an Archaeological Predictive Model: Proposed Eastern and Western Expansion Areas, Marine Corps Ground Air Combat Center, 29 Palms, California 2140
Global Military Operating Environments: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and Military Operations (GMOE) 3565
Global Military Operating Environments: Soil and Terrain Analysis of Vehicle Mobility Test Course in Suriname 2170
GMOE II: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and military Operations with a focus on Afghanistan and SW Asia 2295
Grant Support FY13 2305
Heterotrophic respiration as affected by dew and water vapor 2123
Historical Properties Management Plan and Survey, NAFB 2032
IMAGE: Improving STEM Education in Nevada with Compelling Earth Science Imagery 2258
Integrated Desert Terrain Forecasting for Military Operations (DTF) 7323
Inventory and Assessment of Lincoln County Historic Cemeteries 2201
Keeler Dunes Owens Lake 2916
Lahontan Natl. Fish Hatchery Complex, Walker Lake 2413
LanDPro: Army Landscape Dynamics Support Program 2684
Late Quaternary alluvial fan systems in semiarid Chile: evolution and paleoclimate linkages. A workshop and field visit to catalyze US-Chile future collaboration 3575
Light Detection and Ranging in the Walker Basin 2834
Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative 2399
Luminescence Dating of Cave Sediments from Atapuerca, Spain 4380
Martian Geochemical Applications with FREZCHEM 4708
Microbial Availability of Wastewater N and P in Las Vegas Wash and in Associated Wetlands 2033
Microbial Degradation of Ethinylestradiol (EE2) and Estradiol (E2) in Lake Mead and Las Vegas Wash 2951
Modeling Complex Geochemical Processes in the Outer Planets Region 2070
Multi-parameter selection curves for machine-assisted annual layer interpretations of the WAIS-Divide core 1973
NDFF Data Management and participation in data synthesis 2119
Nevada Earth/Space Science Initiative (NESSI) 3109
Nevada's Climate Change High School Science Fair network 3292
North Creek Shelter 2435
NRHP Integrity Evaluation for the Lincoln Highway, Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2631
NSF EPSCoR: Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education and Outreach ,Task 7 2223
Oceano Dunes State Rec Area 2765
Organization of a Climate Change Adaptation Workshop for NASA/DFRC 2034
PD Tess 6 2308
PD Tess Phase 8 2265
PD-Tess Phase 7 2278
Pine Expansion of Arid Land: Fire Effects on Safe Site Abundance, Subcontract 2511
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe 2560
Quantifying Paleo-Water Depth Estimates from Lacustrine Sedimentary Features 4863
Quantitative Spectral Characterization of Background Spectra using full Spectrum Hyperspectral Image Data 2246
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 1761
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 2553
Research Development and Test Support YPG 2246
Ruby Pipeline Paleoenvironments-Wyoming 2318
Subpixel artifact detection using remote sensing 3212
Supplemental Research in Support of ARO Funded Project: GMOE 2096
Surface Winds and Dunes on Mars 2574
Tungsten Mountain 2402
Updated Estimation of Annual Phreatophytic Evapotranspiration for White River, Spring, and Snake Valleys 2195
USGS Assignment Mojave Desert 2338
Using Canines to Survey Desert Tortoise: Human and dog comparison 2533
Verification of Empirical Vegetation Index to ET Relationships and Effect of Spatial Scales and Analytical Methodology 1848
Virgin Anasazi Prehistory Project 5442
WRID SCADA Automated Control Site Integration 2401
YPG Contract 2239