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.

Please select a research project for more information.
3D CAES Virtual Tour on the CAES website 3337
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 3430
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for Phase 2 of the PD-Tess Project, US Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3111
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Training Area Expansion, Dugway Proving Ground 2672
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the White Sage 2012 Training Area, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2687
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory in Support of Air Force Use Areas, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2991
Air Quality Monitoring for the Hualapai Tribe 3096
Airborne Hyperspectral Data Analysis 2916
Alternative Chirality Amino Acid Utilization Research in Support of Mars Astrobiology Mission Development-Subaward 2958
Alternative futures for the context region of the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Stations, Camp Pendleton and Miramar, CA 3076
Ash Meadows Paleoecology Project 3219
Assessing winter bacterioplankton distribution and carbon cycling as part of AMLR field program 3298
Astrobiological Investigation of the Namibian Desert and other Martian Analog Environments 3295
Astrobiology of Icy Worlds: Habitability, Survivability, and Detectability 3392
AZ/NV Tower Corp. Communication Sites Project 3138
Biological Accumulation of D-amino acids in Endolithic Microbial Communities 2683
Biotic Processes Regulating the Carbon Balance of Desert Ecosystems 2549
Carbon Fluxes in the Southern Ocean as Mediated by Ice-Ocean-Ecosystem Interactions 2302
Carbon Sequestration at United States Marine Corps Installations West 3364
Cathedral Gorge, Lincoln County, NV 2751
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 2537
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 3005
Characterization of Periphyton and Macronutrients in the South Fork of the Humboldt River and Limnological Assessment of the South Fork Reservoir, NV 4170
Climate Change in Nevada: Task 4 2732
Coll. Res.: Free-Drifting Icebergs as Proliferating Dispersion sites of Iron Enrichment, Organic Carbon Production and Export in the Southern Ocean 2091
Coll. Res.: Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 2923
Coll. Res.: Tropical cyclone imprint on late Quaternary alluvial fans of Baja California: Key for understanding arid regions landscape evolution 2845
Coll. Res: Functional Genomics and Physiological Ecology of Seasonal Succession in Antarctic Phytoplankton: Adaptations to Light and Temperature 2449
CSUB NSF CREST Project Support 2930
Cultural Resources Mercury Powerline Agreement 2982
Deciphering the metagenome-encoded pathway and domain structure for Palmerolide biosynthesis 2012
Desert Hot Weather Test Studies 2840
Desert Soil Characterization for Detection of Buried Landmines, Unexploded Ordinance, and Tunnels 2767
Developing a Luminescence Geochronometer for Arctic Ocean Cores 3264
Development of a Standard Approach for Terrestrial Ecosystem Assessment and Monitoring 2640
Digital Mapping Inventory of Biological Soil Crusts in the Muddy Mountain National Wilderness Area, Nevada 2774
Digital Optical Imaging of Ice Cores for Curation and Scientific Applications 3869
DOE Algal-Based Renewable Energy for Nevada 4479
Dusty Miller survey 3056
Effects of Climate Change on Spring Ecosystem Hydroecology as a guide to Developing Alternative Water Policies 2933
EPSCoR Integrated Science Project (ISP): Task 4 2706
Estimating sub-pixel temperature composition using multispectral thermal imaging 2598
FREZCHEM: An Aqueous Geochemical Model for Mars 3289
Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 8930
Geomorphic Mapping in Support of an Archaeological Predictive Model: Proposed Eastern and Western Expansion Areas, Marine Corps Ground Air Combat Center, 29 Palms, California 2610
Global Military Operating Environments: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and Military Operations (GMOE) 4303
Global Military Operating Environments: Soil and Terrain Analysis of Vehicle Mobility Test Course in Suriname 2667
GMOE II: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and military Operations with a focus on Afghanistan and SW Asia 2794
Grant Support FY13 2830
Heterotrophic respiration as affected by dew and water vapor 2558
Historical Properties Management Plan and Survey, NAFB 2556
IMAGE: Improving STEM Education in Nevada with Compelling Earth Science Imagery 2740
Integrated Desert Terrain Forecasting for Military Operations (DTF) 9196
Inventory and Assessment of Lincoln County Historic Cemeteries 2671
Keeler Dunes Owens Lake 3549
Lahontan Natl. Fish Hatchery Complex, Walker Lake 2868
LanDPro: Army Landscape Dynamics Support Program 3293
Late Quaternary alluvial fan systems in semiarid Chile: evolution and paleoclimate linkages. A workshop and field visit to catalyze US-Chile future collaboration 4514
Light Detection and Ranging in the Walker Basin 3544
Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative 2897
Luminescence Dating of Cave Sediments from Atapuerca, Spain 5406
Martian Geochemical Applications with FREZCHEM 5481
Microbial Availability of Wastewater N and P in Las Vegas Wash and in Associated Wetlands 2457
Microbial Degradation of Ethinylestradiol (EE2) and Estradiol (E2) in Lake Mead and Las Vegas Wash 3383
Modeling Complex Geochemical Processes in the Outer Planets Region 2552
Multi-parameter selection curves for machine-assisted annual layer interpretations of the WAIS-Divide core 2412
NDFF Data Management and participation in data synthesis 2494
Nevada Earth/Space Science Initiative (NESSI) 3740
Nevada's Climate Change High School Science Fair network 3952
North Creek Shelter 2903
NRHP Integrity Evaluation for the Lincoln Highway, Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3299
NSF EPSCoR: Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education and Outreach ,Task 7 2696
Oceano Dunes State Rec Area 3289
Organization of a Climate Change Adaptation Workshop for NASA/DFRC 2513
PD Tess 6 2749
PD Tess Phase 8 2849
PD-Tess Phase 7 2728
Pine Expansion of Arid Land: Fire Effects on Safe Site Abundance, Subcontract 3135
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe 3068
Quantifying Paleo-Water Depth Estimates from Lacustrine Sedimentary Features 6212
Quantitative Spectral Characterization of Background Spectra using full Spectrum Hyperspectral Image Data 2947
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 2199
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 3152
Research Development and Test Support YPG 2815
Ruby Pipeline Paleoenvironments-Wyoming 2813
Subpixel artifact detection using remote sensing 3948
Supplemental Research in Support of ARO Funded Project: GMOE 2563
Surface Winds and Dunes on Mars 3157
Tungsten Mountain 2854
Updated Estimation of Annual Phreatophytic Evapotranspiration for White River, Spring, and Snake Valleys 2740
USGS Assignment Mojave Desert 2786
Using Canines to Survey Desert Tortoise: Human and dog comparison 3030
Verification of Empirical Vegetation Index to ET Relationships and Effect of Spatial Scales and Analytical Methodology 2284
Virgin Anasazi Prehistory Project 6690
WRID SCADA Automated Control Site Integration 2894
YPG Contract 2721

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