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 3076
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 3056
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for Phase 2 of the PD-Tess Project, US Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2856
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Training Area Expansion, Dugway Proving Ground 2473
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the White Sage 2012 Training Area, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2472
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory in Support of Air Force Use Areas, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2752
Air Quality Monitoring for the Hualapai Tribe 2860
Airborne Hyperspectral Data Analysis 2648
Alternative Chirality Amino Acid Utilization Research in Support of Mars Astrobiology Mission Development-Subaward 2694
Alternative futures for the context region of the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Stations, Camp Pendleton and Miramar, CA 2808
Ash Meadows Paleoecology Project 2927
Assessing winter bacterioplankton distribution and carbon cycling as part of AMLR field program 3029
Astrobiological Investigation of the Namibian Desert and other Martian Analog Environments 3072
Astrobiology of Icy Worlds: Habitability, Survivability, and Detectability 3047
AZ/NV Tower Corp. Communication Sites Project 2929
Biological Accumulation of D-amino acids in Endolithic Microbial Communities 2471
Biotic Processes Regulating the Carbon Balance of Desert Ecosystems 2406
Carbon Fluxes in the Southern Ocean as Mediated by Ice-Ocean-Ecosystem Interactions 2129
Carbon Sequestration at United States Marine Corps Installations West 3097
Cathedral Gorge, Lincoln County, NV 2574
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 2333
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 2798
Characterization of Periphyton and Macronutrients in the South Fork of the Humboldt River and Limnological Assessment of the South Fork Reservoir, NV 3807
Climate Change in Nevada: Task 4 2543
Coll. Res.: Free-Drifting Icebergs as Proliferating Dispersion sites of Iron Enrichment, Organic Carbon Production and Export in the Southern Ocean 1932
Coll. Res.: Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 2741
Coll. Res.: Tropical cyclone imprint on late Quaternary alluvial fans of Baja California: Key for understanding arid regions landscape evolution 2617
Coll. Res: Functional Genomics and Physiological Ecology of Seasonal Succession in Antarctic Phytoplankton: Adaptations to Light and Temperature 2282
CSUB NSF CREST Project Support 2739
Cultural Resources Mercury Powerline Agreement 2786
Deciphering the metagenome-encoded pathway and domain structure for Palmerolide biosynthesis 1248
Desert Hot Weather Test Studies 2657
Desert Soil Characterization for Detection of Buried Landmines, Unexploded Ordinance, and Tunnels 2572
Developing a Luminescence Geochronometer for Arctic Ocean Cores 3015
Development of a Standard Approach for Terrestrial Ecosystem Assessment and Monitoring 2472
Digital Mapping Inventory of Biological Soil Crusts in the Muddy Mountain National Wilderness Area, Nevada 2590
Digital Optical Imaging of Ice Cores for Curation and Scientific Applications 3549
DOE Algal-Based Renewable Energy for Nevada 4157
Dusty Miller survey 2898
Effects of Climate Change on Spring Ecosystem Hydroecology as a guide to Developing Alternative Water Policies 2741
EPSCoR Integrated Science Project (ISP): Task 4 2577
Estimating sub-pixel temperature composition using multispectral thermal imaging 2457
FREZCHEM: An Aqueous Geochemical Model for Mars 3072
Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 8330
Geomorphic Mapping in Support of an Archaeological Predictive Model: Proposed Eastern and Western Expansion Areas, Marine Corps Ground Air Combat Center, 29 Palms, California 2409
Global Military Operating Environments: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and Military Operations (GMOE) 4033
Global Military Operating Environments: Soil and Terrain Analysis of Vehicle Mobility Test Course in Suriname 2480
GMOE II: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and military Operations with a focus on Afghanistan and SW Asia 2598
Grant Support FY13 2642
Heterotrophic respiration as affected by dew and water vapor 2381
Historical Properties Management Plan and Survey, NAFB 2388
IMAGE: Improving STEM Education in Nevada with Compelling Earth Science Imagery 2566
Integrated Desert Terrain Forecasting for Military Operations (DTF) 8499
Inventory and Assessment of Lincoln County Historic Cemeteries 2499
Keeler Dunes Owens Lake 3305
Lahontan Natl. Fish Hatchery Complex, Walker Lake 2722
LanDPro: Army Landscape Dynamics Support Program 3072
Late Quaternary alluvial fan systems in semiarid Chile: evolution and paleoclimate linkages. A workshop and field visit to catalyze US-Chile future collaboration 4161
Light Detection and Ranging in the Walker Basin 3260
Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative 2707
Luminescence Dating of Cave Sediments from Atapuerca, Spain 5027
Martian Geochemical Applications with FREZCHEM 5208
Microbial Availability of Wastewater N and P in Las Vegas Wash and in Associated Wetlands 2309
Microbial Degradation of Ethinylestradiol (EE2) and Estradiol (E2) in Lake Mead and Las Vegas Wash 3232
Modeling Complex Geochemical Processes in the Outer Planets Region 2339
Multi-parameter selection curves for machine-assisted annual layer interpretations of the WAIS-Divide core 2247
NDFF Data Management and participation in data synthesis 2361
Nevada Earth/Space Science Initiative (NESSI) 3494
Nevada's Climate Change High School Science Fair network 3712
North Creek Shelter 2749
NRHP Integrity Evaluation for the Lincoln Highway, Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3031
NSF EPSCoR: Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education and Outreach ,Task 7 2529
Oceano Dunes State Rec Area 3096
Organization of a Climate Change Adaptation Workshop for NASA/DFRC 2356
PD Tess 6 2599
PD Tess Phase 8 2609
PD-Tess Phase 7 2566
Pine Expansion of Arid Land: Fire Effects on Safe Site Abundance, Subcontract 2888
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe 2883
Quantifying Paleo-Water Depth Estimates from Lacustrine Sedimentary Features 5728
Quantitative Spectral Characterization of Background Spectra using full Spectrum Hyperspectral Image Data 2642
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 2011
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 2944
Research Development and Test Support YPG 2600
Ruby Pipeline Paleoenvironments-Wyoming 2659
Subpixel artifact detection using remote sensing 3677
Supplemental Research in Support of ARO Funded Project: GMOE 2363
Surface Winds and Dunes on Mars 2927
Tungsten Mountain 2692
Updated Estimation of Annual Phreatophytic Evapotranspiration for White River, Spring, and Snake Valleys 2548
USGS Assignment Mojave Desert 2637
Using Canines to Survey Desert Tortoise: Human and dog comparison 2841
Verification of Empirical Vegetation Index to ET Relationships and Effect of Spatial Scales and Analytical Methodology 2106
Virgin Anasazi Prehistory Project 6206
WRID SCADA Automated Control Site Integration 2721
YPG Contract 2553