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 2989
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 2966
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for Phase 2 of the PD-Tess Project, US Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2780
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Training Area Expansion, Dugway Proving Ground 2407
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the White Sage 2012 Training Area, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2409
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory in Support of Air Force Use Areas, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2681
Air Quality Monitoring for the Hualapai Tribe 2783
Airborne Hyperspectral Data Analysis 2564
Alternative Chirality Amino Acid Utilization Research in Support of Mars Astrobiology Mission Development-Subaward 2630
Alternative futures for the context region of the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Stations, Camp Pendleton and Miramar, CA 2732
Ash Meadows Paleoecology Project 2858
Assessing winter bacterioplankton distribution and carbon cycling as part of AMLR field program 2957
Astrobiological Investigation of the Namibian Desert and other Martian Analog Environments 2992
Astrobiology of Icy Worlds: Habitability, Survivability, and Detectability 2932
AZ/NV Tower Corp. Communication Sites Project 2862
Biological Accumulation of D-amino acids in Endolithic Microbial Communities 2402
Biotic Processes Regulating the Carbon Balance of Desert Ecosystems 2359
Carbon Fluxes in the Southern Ocean as Mediated by Ice-Ocean-Ecosystem Interactions 2087
Carbon Sequestration at United States Marine Corps Installations West 3024
Cathedral Gorge, Lincoln County, NV 2497
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 2286
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 2736
Characterization of Periphyton and Macronutrients in the South Fork of the Humboldt River and Limnological Assessment of the South Fork Reservoir, NV 3677
Climate Change in Nevada: Task 4 2490
Coll. Res.: Free-Drifting Icebergs as Proliferating Dispersion sites of Iron Enrichment, Organic Carbon Production and Export in the Southern Ocean 1887
Coll. Res.: Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 2696
Coll. Res.: Tropical cyclone imprint on late Quaternary alluvial fans of Baja California: Key for understanding arid regions landscape evolution 2555
Coll. Res: Functional Genomics and Physiological Ecology of Seasonal Succession in Antarctic Phytoplankton: Adaptations to Light and Temperature 2233
CSUB NSF CREST Project Support 2686
Cultural Resources Mercury Powerline Agreement 2737
Deciphering the metagenome-encoded pathway and domain structure for Palmerolide biosynthesis 1012
Desert Hot Weather Test Studies 2609
Desert Soil Characterization for Detection of Buried Landmines, Unexploded Ordinance, and Tunnels 2525
Developing a Luminescence Geochronometer for Arctic Ocean Cores 2939
Development of a Standard Approach for Terrestrial Ecosystem Assessment and Monitoring 2428
Digital Mapping Inventory of Biological Soil Crusts in the Muddy Mountain National Wilderness Area, Nevada 2530
Digital Optical Imaging of Ice Cores for Curation and Scientific Applications 3482
DOE Algal-Based Renewable Energy for Nevada 4027
Dusty Miller survey 2843
Effects of Climate Change on Spring Ecosystem Hydroecology as a guide to Developing Alternative Water Policies 2677
EPSCoR Integrated Science Project (ISP): Task 4 2528
Estimating sub-pixel temperature composition using multispectral thermal imaging 2402
FREZCHEM: An Aqueous Geochemical Model for Mars 3013
Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 8149
Geomorphic Mapping in Support of an Archaeological Predictive Model: Proposed Eastern and Western Expansion Areas, Marine Corps Ground Air Combat Center, 29 Palms, California 2365
Global Military Operating Environments: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and Military Operations (GMOE) 3951
Global Military Operating Environments: Soil and Terrain Analysis of Vehicle Mobility Test Course in Suriname 2424
GMOE II: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and military Operations with a focus on Afghanistan and SW Asia 2549
Grant Support FY13 2597
Heterotrophic respiration as affected by dew and water vapor 2342
Historical Properties Management Plan and Survey, NAFB 2321
IMAGE: Improving STEM Education in Nevada with Compelling Earth Science Imagery 2515
Integrated Desert Terrain Forecasting for Military Operations (DTF) 8278
Inventory and Assessment of Lincoln County Historic Cemeteries 2447
Keeler Dunes Owens Lake 3241
Lahontan Natl. Fish Hatchery Complex, Walker Lake 2684
LanDPro: Army Landscape Dynamics Support Program 3006
Late Quaternary alluvial fan systems in semiarid Chile: evolution and paleoclimate linkages. A workshop and field visit to catalyze US-Chile future collaboration 4050
Light Detection and Ranging in the Walker Basin 3193
Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative 2658
Luminescence Dating of Cave Sediments from Atapuerca, Spain 4891
Martian Geochemical Applications with FREZCHEM 5108
Microbial Availability of Wastewater N and P in Las Vegas Wash and in Associated Wetlands 2268
Microbial Degradation of Ethinylestradiol (EE2) and Estradiol (E2) in Lake Mead and Las Vegas Wash 3189
Modeling Complex Geochemical Processes in the Outer Planets Region 2299
Multi-parameter selection curves for machine-assisted annual layer interpretations of the WAIS-Divide core 2201
NDFF Data Management and participation in data synthesis 2327
Nevada Earth/Space Science Initiative (NESSI) 3433
Nevada's Climate Change High School Science Fair network 3632
North Creek Shelter 2710
NRHP Integrity Evaluation for the Lincoln Highway, Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2967
NSF EPSCoR: Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education and Outreach ,Task 7 2474
Oceano Dunes State Rec Area 3038
Organization of a Climate Change Adaptation Workshop for NASA/DFRC 2309
PD Tess 6 2559
PD Tess Phase 8 2567
PD-Tess Phase 7 2526
Pine Expansion of Arid Land: Fire Effects on Safe Site Abundance, Subcontract 2813
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe 2834
Quantifying Paleo-Water Depth Estimates from Lacustrine Sedimentary Features 5566
Quantitative Spectral Characterization of Background Spectra using full Spectrum Hyperspectral Image Data 2584
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 1969
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 2890
Research Development and Test Support YPG 2555
Ruby Pipeline Paleoenvironments-Wyoming 2606
Subpixel artifact detection using remote sensing 3599
Supplemental Research in Support of ARO Funded Project: GMOE 2307
Surface Winds and Dunes on Mars 2864
Tungsten Mountain 2645
Updated Estimation of Annual Phreatophytic Evapotranspiration for White River, Spring, and Snake Valleys 2496
USGS Assignment Mojave Desert 2588
Using Canines to Survey Desert Tortoise: Human and dog comparison 2778
Verification of Empirical Vegetation Index to ET Relationships and Effect of Spatial Scales and Analytical Methodology 2071
Virgin Anasazi Prehistory Project 6058
WRID SCADA Automated Control Site Integration 2673
YPG Contract 2513