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 2890
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 2833
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for Phase 2 of the PD-Tess Project, US Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2674
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Training Area Expansion, Dugway Proving Ground 2328
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the White Sage 2012 Training Area, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2326
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory in Support of Air Force Use Areas, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2592
Air Quality Monitoring for the Hualapai Tribe 2675
Airborne Hyperspectral Data Analysis 2491
Alternative Chirality Amino Acid Utilization Research in Support of Mars Astrobiology Mission Development-Subaward 2539
Alternative futures for the context region of the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Stations, Camp Pendleton and Miramar, CA 2634
Ash Meadows Paleoecology Project 2773
Assessing winter bacterioplankton distribution and carbon cycling as part of AMLR field program 2863
Astrobiological Investigation of the Namibian Desert and other Martian Analog Environments 2895
Astrobiology of Icy Worlds: Habitability, Survivability, and Detectability 2807
AZ/NV Tower Corp. Communication Sites Project 2757
Biological Accumulation of D-amino acids in Endolithic Microbial Communities 2320
Biotic Processes Regulating the Carbon Balance of Desert Ecosystems 2311
Carbon Fluxes in the Southern Ocean as Mediated by Ice-Ocean-Ecosystem Interactions 2030
Carbon Sequestration at United States Marine Corps Installations West 2928
Cathedral Gorge, Lincoln County, NV 2439
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 2220
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 2659
Characterization of Periphyton and Macronutrients in the South Fork of the Humboldt River and Limnological Assessment of the South Fork Reservoir, NV 3524
Climate Change in Nevada: Task 4 2415
Coll. Res.: Free-Drifting Icebergs as Proliferating Dispersion sites of Iron Enrichment, Organic Carbon Production and Export in the Southern Ocean 1829
Coll. Res.: Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 2637
Coll. Res.: Tropical cyclone imprint on late Quaternary alluvial fans of Baja California: Key for understanding arid regions landscape evolution 2467
Coll. Res: Functional Genomics and Physiological Ecology of Seasonal Succession in Antarctic Phytoplankton: Adaptations to Light and Temperature 2190
CSUB NSF CREST Project Support 2630
Cultural Resources Mercury Powerline Agreement 2677
Deciphering the metagenome-encoded pathway and domain structure for Palmerolide biosynthesis 734
Desert Hot Weather Test Studies 2542
Desert Soil Characterization for Detection of Buried Landmines, Unexploded Ordinance, and Tunnels 2463
Developing a Luminescence Geochronometer for Arctic Ocean Cores 2847
Development of a Standard Approach for Terrestrial Ecosystem Assessment and Monitoring 2371
Digital Mapping Inventory of Biological Soil Crusts in the Muddy Mountain National Wilderness Area, Nevada 2443
Digital Optical Imaging of Ice Cores for Curation and Scientific Applications 3379
DOE Algal-Based Renewable Energy for Nevada 3905
Dusty Miller survey 2757
Effects of Climate Change on Spring Ecosystem Hydroecology as a guide to Developing Alternative Water Policies 2619
EPSCoR Integrated Science Project (ISP): Task 4 2473
Estimating sub-pixel temperature composition using multispectral thermal imaging 2347
FREZCHEM: An Aqueous Geochemical Model for Mars 2936
Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 7922
Geomorphic Mapping in Support of an Archaeological Predictive Model: Proposed Eastern and Western Expansion Areas, Marine Corps Ground Air Combat Center, 29 Palms, California 2304
Global Military Operating Environments: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and Military Operations (GMOE) 3862
Global Military Operating Environments: Soil and Terrain Analysis of Vehicle Mobility Test Course in Suriname 2365
GMOE II: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and military Operations with a focus on Afghanistan and SW Asia 2489
Grant Support FY13 2526
Heterotrophic respiration as affected by dew and water vapor 2291
Historical Properties Management Plan and Survey, NAFB 2239
IMAGE: Improving STEM Education in Nevada with Compelling Earth Science Imagery 2461
Integrated Desert Terrain Forecasting for Military Operations (DTF) 8042
Inventory and Assessment of Lincoln County Historic Cemeteries 2382
Keeler Dunes Owens Lake 3159
Lahontan Natl. Fish Hatchery Complex, Walker Lake 2622
LanDPro: Army Landscape Dynamics Support Program 2928
Late Quaternary alluvial fan systems in semiarid Chile: evolution and paleoclimate linkages. A workshop and field visit to catalyze US-Chile future collaboration 3922
Light Detection and Ranging in the Walker Basin 3095
Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative 2594
Luminescence Dating of Cave Sediments from Atapuerca, Spain 4757
Martian Geochemical Applications with FREZCHEM 5008
Microbial Availability of Wastewater N and P in Las Vegas Wash and in Associated Wetlands 2208
Microbial Degradation of Ethinylestradiol (EE2) and Estradiol (E2) in Lake Mead and Las Vegas Wash 3138
Modeling Complex Geochemical Processes in the Outer Planets Region 2255
Multi-parameter selection curves for machine-assisted annual layer interpretations of the WAIS-Divide core 2151
NDFF Data Management and participation in data synthesis 2281
Nevada Earth/Space Science Initiative (NESSI) 3363
Nevada's Climate Change High School Science Fair network 3534
North Creek Shelter 2655
NRHP Integrity Evaluation for the Lincoln Highway, Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2878
NSF EPSCoR: Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education and Outreach ,Task 7 2417
Oceano Dunes State Rec Area 2967
Organization of a Climate Change Adaptation Workshop for NASA/DFRC 2250
PD Tess 6 2496
PD Tess Phase 8 2496
PD-Tess Phase 7 2472
Pine Expansion of Arid Land: Fire Effects on Safe Site Abundance, Subcontract 2741
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe 2762
Quantifying Paleo-Water Depth Estimates from Lacustrine Sedimentary Features 5390
Quantitative Spectral Characterization of Background Spectra using full Spectrum Hyperspectral Image Data 2504
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 1929
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 2811
Research Development and Test Support YPG 2478
Ruby Pipeline Paleoenvironments-Wyoming 2535
Subpixel artifact detection using remote sensing 3487
Supplemental Research in Support of ARO Funded Project: GMOE 2253
Surface Winds and Dunes on Mars 2798
Tungsten Mountain 2593
Updated Estimation of Annual Phreatophytic Evapotranspiration for White River, Spring, and Snake Valleys 2424
USGS Assignment Mojave Desert 2543
Using Canines to Survey Desert Tortoise: Human and dog comparison 2720
Verification of Empirical Vegetation Index to ET Relationships and Effect of Spatial Scales and Analytical Methodology 2020
Virgin Anasazi Prehistory Project 5888
WRID SCADA Automated Control Site Integration 2604
YPG Contract 2451