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 3148
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 3167
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for Phase 2 of the PD-Tess Project, US Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2932
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Training Area Expansion, Dugway Proving Ground 2529
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the White Sage 2012 Training Area, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2523
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory in Support of Air Force Use Areas, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2812
Air Quality Monitoring for the Hualapai Tribe 2921
Airborne Hyperspectral Data Analysis 2724
Alternative Chirality Amino Acid Utilization Research in Support of Mars Astrobiology Mission Development-Subaward 2762
Alternative futures for the context region of the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Stations, Camp Pendleton and Miramar, CA 2895
Ash Meadows Paleoecology Project 3028
Assessing winter bacterioplankton distribution and carbon cycling as part of AMLR field program 3118
Astrobiological Investigation of the Namibian Desert and other Martian Analog Environments 3136
Astrobiology of Icy Worlds: Habitability, Survivability, and Detectability 3170
AZ/NV Tower Corp. Communication Sites Project 2991
Biological Accumulation of D-amino acids in Endolithic Microbial Communities 2531
Biotic Processes Regulating the Carbon Balance of Desert Ecosystems 2447
Carbon Fluxes in the Southern Ocean as Mediated by Ice-Ocean-Ecosystem Interactions 2176
Carbon Sequestration at United States Marine Corps Installations West 3180
Cathedral Gorge, Lincoln County, NV 2630
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 2400
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 2858
Characterization of Periphyton and Macronutrients in the South Fork of the Humboldt River and Limnological Assessment of the South Fork Reservoir, NV 3901
Climate Change in Nevada: Task 4 2618
Coll. Res.: Free-Drifting Icebergs as Proliferating Dispersion sites of Iron Enrichment, Organic Carbon Production and Export in the Southern Ocean 1979
Coll. Res.: Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 2800
Coll. Res.: Tropical cyclone imprint on late Quaternary alluvial fans of Baja California: Key for understanding arid regions landscape evolution 2687
Coll. Res: Functional Genomics and Physiological Ecology of Seasonal Succession in Antarctic Phytoplankton: Adaptations to Light and Temperature 2331
CSUB NSF CREST Project Support 2796
Cultural Resources Mercury Powerline Agreement 2843
Deciphering the metagenome-encoded pathway and domain structure for Palmerolide biosynthesis 1470
Desert Hot Weather Test Studies 2718
Desert Soil Characterization for Detection of Buried Landmines, Unexploded Ordinance, and Tunnels 2625
Developing a Luminescence Geochronometer for Arctic Ocean Cores 3079
Development of a Standard Approach for Terrestrial Ecosystem Assessment and Monitoring 2528
Digital Mapping Inventory of Biological Soil Crusts in the Muddy Mountain National Wilderness Area, Nevada 2651
Digital Optical Imaging of Ice Cores for Curation and Scientific Applications 3648
DOE Algal-Based Renewable Energy for Nevada 4251
Dusty Miller survey 2945
Effects of Climate Change on Spring Ecosystem Hydroecology as a guide to Developing Alternative Water Policies 2786
EPSCoR Integrated Science Project (ISP): Task 4 2613
Estimating sub-pixel temperature composition using multispectral thermal imaging 2494
FREZCHEM: An Aqueous Geochemical Model for Mars 3134
Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 8515
Geomorphic Mapping in Support of an Archaeological Predictive Model: Proposed Eastern and Western Expansion Areas, Marine Corps Ground Air Combat Center, 29 Palms, California 2470
Global Military Operating Environments: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and Military Operations (GMOE) 4103
Global Military Operating Environments: Soil and Terrain Analysis of Vehicle Mobility Test Course in Suriname 2530
GMOE II: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and military Operations with a focus on Afghanistan and SW Asia 2662
Grant Support FY13 2701
Heterotrophic respiration as affected by dew and water vapor 2447
Historical Properties Management Plan and Survey, NAFB 2437
IMAGE: Improving STEM Education in Nevada with Compelling Earth Science Imagery 2629
Integrated Desert Terrain Forecasting for Military Operations (DTF) 8739
Inventory and Assessment of Lincoln County Historic Cemeteries 2550
Keeler Dunes Owens Lake 3378
Lahontan Natl. Fish Hatchery Complex, Walker Lake 2768
LanDPro: Army Landscape Dynamics Support Program 3141
Late Quaternary alluvial fan systems in semiarid Chile: evolution and paleoclimate linkages. A workshop and field visit to catalyze US-Chile future collaboration 4280
Light Detection and Ranging in the Walker Basin 3333
Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative 2757
Luminescence Dating of Cave Sediments from Atapuerca, Spain 5173
Martian Geochemical Applications with FREZCHEM 5280
Microbial Availability of Wastewater N and P in Las Vegas Wash and in Associated Wetlands 2346
Microbial Degradation of Ethinylestradiol (EE2) and Estradiol (E2) in Lake Mead and Las Vegas Wash 3279
Modeling Complex Geochemical Processes in the Outer Planets Region 2419
Multi-parameter selection curves for machine-assisted annual layer interpretations of the WAIS-Divide core 2302
NDFF Data Management and participation in data synthesis 2408
Nevada Earth/Space Science Initiative (NESSI) 3558
Nevada's Climate Change High School Science Fair network 3787
North Creek Shelter 2792
NRHP Integrity Evaluation for the Lincoln Highway, Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3116
NSF EPSCoR: Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education and Outreach ,Task 7 2580
Oceano Dunes State Rec Area 3156
Organization of a Climate Change Adaptation Workshop for NASA/DFRC 2398
PD Tess 6 2651
PD Tess Phase 8 2683
PD-Tess Phase 7 2621
Pine Expansion of Arid Land: Fire Effects on Safe Site Abundance, Subcontract 2976
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe 2935
Quantifying Paleo-Water Depth Estimates from Lacustrine Sedimentary Features 5863
Quantitative Spectral Characterization of Background Spectra using full Spectrum Hyperspectral Image Data 2725
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 2059
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 2994
Research Development and Test Support YPG 2675
Ruby Pipeline Paleoenvironments-Wyoming 2704
Subpixel artifact detection using remote sensing 3758
Supplemental Research in Support of ARO Funded Project: GMOE 2422
Surface Winds and Dunes on Mars 2999
Tungsten Mountain 2742
Updated Estimation of Annual Phreatophytic Evapotranspiration for White River, Spring, and Snake Valleys 2601
USGS Assignment Mojave Desert 2685
Using Canines to Survey Desert Tortoise: Human and dog comparison 2893
Verification of Empirical Vegetation Index to ET Relationships and Effect of Spatial Scales and Analytical Methodology 2156
Virgin Anasazi Prehistory Project 6344
WRID SCADA Automated Control Site Integration 2768
YPG Contract 2596