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 3722
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 3855
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for Phase 2 of the PD-Tess Project, US Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3440
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Training Area Expansion, Dugway Proving Ground 2932
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the White Sage 2012 Training Area, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2977
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory in Support of Air Force Use Areas, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3259
Air Quality Monitoring for the Hualapai Tribe 3432
Airborne Hyperspectral Data Analysis 3261
Alternative Chirality Amino Acid Utilization Research in Support of Mars Astrobiology Mission Development-Subaward 3272
Alternative futures for the context region of the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Stations, Camp Pendleton and Miramar, CA 3435
Ash Meadows Paleoecology Project 3550
Assessing winter bacterioplankton distribution and carbon cycling as part of AMLR field program 3609
Astrobiological Investigation of the Namibian Desert and other Martian Analog Environments 3586
Astrobiology of Icy Worlds: Habitability, Survivability, and Detectability 3726
AZ/NV Tower Corp. Communication Sites Project 3477
Biological Accumulation of D-amino acids in Endolithic Microbial Communities 3002
Biotic Processes Regulating the Carbon Balance of Desert Ecosystems 2766
Carbon Fluxes in the Southern Ocean as Mediated by Ice-Ocean-Ecosystem Interactions 2526
Carbon Sequestration at United States Marine Corps Installations West 3685
Cathedral Gorge, Lincoln County, NV 3007
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 2762
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 3247
Characterization of Periphyton and Macronutrients in the South Fork of the Humboldt River and Limnological Assessment of the South Fork Reservoir, NV 4614
Climate Change in Nevada: Task 4 2962
Coll. Res.: Free-Drifting Icebergs as Proliferating Dispersion sites of Iron Enrichment, Organic Carbon Production and Export in the Southern Ocean 2312
Coll. Res.: Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 3178
Coll. Res.: Tropical cyclone imprint on late Quaternary alluvial fans of Baja California: Key for understanding arid regions landscape evolution 3075
Coll. Res: Functional Genomics and Physiological Ecology of Seasonal Succession in Antarctic Phytoplankton: Adaptations to Light and Temperature 2670
CSUB NSF CREST Project Support 3181
Cultural Resources Mercury Powerline Agreement 3268
Deciphering the metagenome-encoded pathway and domain structure for Palmerolide biosynthesis 2689
Desert Hot Weather Test Studies 3061
Desert Soil Characterization for Detection of Buried Landmines, Unexploded Ordinance, and Tunnels 3032
Developing a Luminescence Geochronometer for Arctic Ocean Cores 3583
Development of a Standard Approach for Terrestrial Ecosystem Assessment and Monitoring 2845
Digital Mapping Inventory of Biological Soil Crusts in the Muddy Mountain National Wilderness Area, Nevada 3010
Digital Optical Imaging of Ice Cores for Curation and Scientific Applications 4299
DOE Algal-Based Renewable Energy for Nevada 4868
Dusty Miller survey 3301
Effects of Climate Change on Spring Ecosystem Hydroecology as a guide to Developing Alternative Water Policies 3156
EPSCoR Integrated Science Project (ISP): Task 4 2898
Estimating sub-pixel temperature composition using multispectral thermal imaging 2844
FREZCHEM: An Aqueous Geochemical Model for Mars 3658
Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 9602
Geomorphic Mapping in Support of an Archaeological Predictive Model: Proposed Eastern and Western Expansion Areas, Marine Corps Ground Air Combat Center, 29 Palms, California 2840
Global Military Operating Environments: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and Military Operations (GMOE) 4588
Global Military Operating Environments: Soil and Terrain Analysis of Vehicle Mobility Test Course in Suriname 2938
GMOE II: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and military Operations with a focus on Afghanistan and SW Asia 3038
Grant Support FY13 3057
Heterotrophic respiration as affected by dew and water vapor 2750
Historical Properties Management Plan and Survey, NAFB 2830
IMAGE: Improving STEM Education in Nevada with Compelling Earth Science Imagery 2961
Integrated Desert Terrain Forecasting for Military Operations (DTF) 9987
Inventory and Assessment of Lincoln County Historic Cemeteries 2876
Keeler Dunes Owens Lake 3956
Lahontan Natl. Fish Hatchery Complex, Walker Lake 3147
LanDPro: Army Landscape Dynamics Support Program 3598
Late Quaternary alluvial fan systems in semiarid Chile: evolution and paleoclimate linkages. A workshop and field visit to catalyze US-Chile future collaboration 4954
Light Detection and Ranging in the Walker Basin 3886
Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative 3130
Luminescence Dating of Cave Sediments from Atapuerca, Spain 5790
Martian Geochemical Applications with FREZCHEM 5887
Microbial Availability of Wastewater N and P in Las Vegas Wash and in Associated Wetlands 2668
Microbial Degradation of Ethinylestradiol (EE2) and Estradiol (E2) in Lake Mead and Las Vegas Wash 3641
Modeling Complex Geochemical Processes in the Outer Planets Region 2838
Multi-parameter selection curves for machine-assisted annual layer interpretations of the WAIS-Divide core 2639
NDFF Data Management and participation in data synthesis 2667
Nevada Earth/Space Science Initiative (NESSI) 4042
Nevada's Climate Change High School Science Fair network 4280
North Creek Shelter 3147
NRHP Integrity Evaluation for the Lincoln Highway, Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3660
NSF EPSCoR: Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education and Outreach ,Task 7 2887
Oceano Dunes State Rec Area 3568
Organization of a Climate Change Adaptation Workshop for NASA/DFRC 2713
PD Tess 6 2960
PD Tess Phase 8 3154
PD-Tess Phase 7 2935
Pine Expansion of Arid Land: Fire Effects on Safe Site Abundance, Subcontract 3392
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe 3289
Quantifying Paleo-Water Depth Estimates from Lacustrine Sedimentary Features 6861
Quantitative Spectral Characterization of Background Spectra using full Spectrum Hyperspectral Image Data 3252
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 2393
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 3389
Research Development and Test Support YPG 3021
Ruby Pipeline Paleoenvironments-Wyoming 3047
Subpixel artifact detection using remote sensing 4342
Supplemental Research in Support of ARO Funded Project: GMOE 2805
Surface Winds and Dunes on Mars 3462
Tungsten Mountain 3082
Updated Estimation of Annual Phreatophytic Evapotranspiration for White River, Spring, and Snake Valleys 2981
USGS Assignment Mojave Desert 3068
Using Canines to Survey Desert Tortoise: Human and dog comparison 3262
Verification of Empirical Vegetation Index to ET Relationships and Effect of Spatial Scales and Analytical Methodology 2545
Virgin Anasazi Prehistory Project 7257
WRID SCADA Automated Control Site Integration 3245
YPG Contract 2986

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