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 2767
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 2694
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for Phase 2 of the PD-Tess Project, US Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2553
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Training Area Expansion, Dugway Proving Ground 2236
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the White Sage 2012 Training Area, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2225
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory in Support of Air Force Use Areas, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2474
Air Quality Monitoring for the Hualapai Tribe 2566
Airborne Hyperspectral Data Analysis 2394
Alternative Chirality Amino Acid Utilization Research in Support of Mars Astrobiology Mission Development-Subaward 2439
Alternative futures for the context region of the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Stations, Camp Pendleton and Miramar, CA 2528
Ash Meadows Paleoecology Project 2675
Assessing winter bacterioplankton distribution and carbon cycling as part of AMLR field program 2738
Astrobiological Investigation of the Namibian Desert and other Martian Analog Environments 2778
Astrobiology of Icy Worlds: Habitability, Survivability, and Detectability 2648
AZ/NV Tower Corp. Communication Sites Project 2648
Biological Accumulation of D-amino acids in Endolithic Microbial Communities 2238
Biotic Processes Regulating the Carbon Balance of Desert Ecosystems 2248
Carbon Fluxes in the Southern Ocean as Mediated by Ice-Ocean-Ecosystem Interactions 1964
Carbon Sequestration at United States Marine Corps Installations West 2805
Cathedral Gorge, Lincoln County, NV 2347
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 2124
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 2547
Characterization of Periphyton and Macronutrients in the South Fork of the Humboldt River and Limnological Assessment of the South Fork Reservoir, NV 3357
Climate Change in Nevada: Task 4 2318
Coll. Res.: Free-Drifting Icebergs as Proliferating Dispersion sites of Iron Enrichment, Organic Carbon Production and Export in the Southern Ocean 1768
Coll. Res.: Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 2568
Coll. Res.: Tropical cyclone imprint on late Quaternary alluvial fans of Baja California: Key for understanding arid regions landscape evolution 2356
Coll. Res: Functional Genomics and Physiological Ecology of Seasonal Succession in Antarctic Phytoplankton: Adaptations to Light and Temperature 2122
CSUB NSF CREST Project Support 2553
Cultural Resources Mercury Powerline Agreement 2599
Deciphering the metagenome-encoded pathway and domain structure for Palmerolide biosynthesis 361
Desert Hot Weather Test Studies 2467
Desert Soil Characterization for Detection of Buried Landmines, Unexploded Ordinance, and Tunnels 2384
Developing a Luminescence Geochronometer for Arctic Ocean Cores 2736
Development of a Standard Approach for Terrestrial Ecosystem Assessment and Monitoring 2296
Digital Mapping Inventory of Biological Soil Crusts in the Muddy Mountain National Wilderness Area, Nevada 2343
Digital Optical Imaging of Ice Cores for Curation and Scientific Applications 3240
DOE Algal-Based Renewable Energy for Nevada 3780
Dusty Miller survey 2646
Effects of Climate Change on Spring Ecosystem Hydroecology as a guide to Developing Alternative Water Policies 2538
EPSCoR Integrated Science Project (ISP): Task 4 2402
Estimating sub-pixel temperature composition using multispectral thermal imaging 2261
FREZCHEM: An Aqueous Geochemical Model for Mars 2840
Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 7622
Geomorphic Mapping in Support of an Archaeological Predictive Model: Proposed Eastern and Western Expansion Areas, Marine Corps Ground Air Combat Center, 29 Palms, California 2244
Global Military Operating Environments: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and Military Operations (GMOE) 3735
Global Military Operating Environments: Soil and Terrain Analysis of Vehicle Mobility Test Course in Suriname 2280
GMOE II: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and military Operations with a focus on Afghanistan and SW Asia 2407
Grant Support FY13 2431
Heterotrophic respiration as affected by dew and water vapor 2220
Historical Properties Management Plan and Survey, NAFB 2149
IMAGE: Improving STEM Education in Nevada with Compelling Earth Science Imagery 2373
Integrated Desert Terrain Forecasting for Military Operations (DTF) 7712
Inventory and Assessment of Lincoln County Historic Cemeteries 2300
Keeler Dunes Owens Lake 3054
Lahontan Natl. Fish Hatchery Complex, Walker Lake 2533
LanDPro: Army Landscape Dynamics Support Program 2819
Late Quaternary alluvial fan systems in semiarid Chile: evolution and paleoclimate linkages. A workshop and field visit to catalyze US-Chile future collaboration 3774
Light Detection and Ranging in the Walker Basin 2981
Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative 2513
Luminescence Dating of Cave Sediments from Atapuerca, Spain 4594
Martian Geochemical Applications with FREZCHEM 4879
Microbial Availability of Wastewater N and P in Las Vegas Wash and in Associated Wetlands 2139
Microbial Degradation of Ethinylestradiol (EE2) and Estradiol (E2) in Lake Mead and Las Vegas Wash 3065
Modeling Complex Geochemical Processes in the Outer Planets Region 2180
Multi-parameter selection curves for machine-assisted annual layer interpretations of the WAIS-Divide core 2072
NDFF Data Management and participation in data synthesis 2216
Nevada Earth/Space Science Initiative (NESSI) 3255
Nevada's Climate Change High School Science Fair network 3429
North Creek Shelter 2562
NRHP Integrity Evaluation for the Lincoln Highway, Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2758
NSF EPSCoR: Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education and Outreach ,Task 7 2344
Oceano Dunes State Rec Area 2878
Organization of a Climate Change Adaptation Workshop for NASA/DFRC 2153
PD Tess 6 2419
PD Tess Phase 8 2393
PD-Tess Phase 7 2395
Pine Expansion of Arid Land: Fire Effects on Safe Site Abundance, Subcontract 2641
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe 2671
Quantifying Paleo-Water Depth Estimates from Lacustrine Sedimentary Features 5156
Quantitative Spectral Characterization of Background Spectra using full Spectrum Hyperspectral Image Data 2385
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 1847
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 2691
Research Development and Test Support YPG 2368
Ruby Pipeline Paleoenvironments-Wyoming 2437
Subpixel artifact detection using remote sensing 3363
Supplemental Research in Support of ARO Funded Project: GMOE 2189
Surface Winds and Dunes on Mars 2690
Tungsten Mountain 2515
Updated Estimation of Annual Phreatophytic Evapotranspiration for White River, Spring, and Snake Valleys 2320
USGS Assignment Mojave Desert 2459
Using Canines to Survey Desert Tortoise: Human and dog comparison 2647
Verification of Empirical Vegetation Index to ET Relationships and Effect of Spatial Scales and Analytical Methodology 1948
Virgin Anasazi Prehistory Project 5706
WRID SCADA Automated Control Site Integration 2514
YPG Contract 2355