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 3582
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 3722
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for Phase 2 of the PD-Tess Project, US Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3327
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Training Area Expansion, Dugway Proving Ground 2831
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the White Sage 2012 Training Area, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2879
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory in Support of Air Force Use Areas, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3163
Air Quality Monitoring for the Hualapai Tribe 3324
Airborne Hyperspectral Data Analysis 3143
Alternative Chirality Amino Acid Utilization Research in Support of Mars Astrobiology Mission Development-Subaward 3154
Alternative futures for the context region of the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Stations, Camp Pendleton and Miramar, CA 3308
Ash Meadows Paleoecology Project 3427
Assessing winter bacterioplankton distribution and carbon cycling as part of AMLR field program 3497
Astrobiological Investigation of the Namibian Desert and other Martian Analog Environments 3485
Astrobiology of Icy Worlds: Habitability, Survivability, and Detectability 3614
AZ/NV Tower Corp. Communication Sites Project 3355
Biological Accumulation of D-amino acids in Endolithic Microbial Communities 2890
Biotic Processes Regulating the Carbon Balance of Desert Ecosystems 2695
Carbon Fluxes in the Southern Ocean as Mediated by Ice-Ocean-Ecosystem Interactions 2452
Carbon Sequestration at United States Marine Corps Installations West 3587
Cathedral Gorge, Lincoln County, NV 2928
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 2692
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 3162
Characterization of Periphyton and Macronutrients in the South Fork of the Humboldt River and Limnological Assessment of the South Fork Reservoir, NV 4482
Climate Change in Nevada: Task 4 2880
Coll. Res.: Free-Drifting Icebergs as Proliferating Dispersion sites of Iron Enrichment, Organic Carbon Production and Export in the Southern Ocean 2242
Coll. Res.: Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 3094
Coll. Res.: Tropical cyclone imprint on late Quaternary alluvial fans of Baja California: Key for understanding arid regions landscape evolution 3012
Coll. Res: Functional Genomics and Physiological Ecology of Seasonal Succession in Antarctic Phytoplankton: Adaptations to Light and Temperature 2596
CSUB NSF CREST Project Support 3091
Cultural Resources Mercury Powerline Agreement 3184
Deciphering the metagenome-encoded pathway and domain structure for Palmerolide biosynthesis 2478
Desert Hot Weather Test Studies 2998
Desert Soil Characterization for Detection of Buried Landmines, Unexploded Ordinance, and Tunnels 2923
Developing a Luminescence Geochronometer for Arctic Ocean Cores 3472
Development of a Standard Approach for Terrestrial Ecosystem Assessment and Monitoring 2783
Digital Mapping Inventory of Biological Soil Crusts in the Muddy Mountain National Wilderness Area, Nevada 2927
Digital Optical Imaging of Ice Cores for Curation and Scientific Applications 4153
DOE Algal-Based Renewable Energy for Nevada 4734
Dusty Miller survey 3220
Effects of Climate Change on Spring Ecosystem Hydroecology as a guide to Developing Alternative Water Policies 3085
EPSCoR Integrated Science Project (ISP): Task 4 2834
Estimating sub-pixel temperature composition using multispectral thermal imaging 2774
FREZCHEM: An Aqueous Geochemical Model for Mars 3551
Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 9380
Geomorphic Mapping in Support of an Archaeological Predictive Model: Proposed Eastern and Western Expansion Areas, Marine Corps Ground Air Combat Center, 29 Palms, California 2758
Global Military Operating Environments: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and Military Operations (GMOE) 4473
Global Military Operating Environments: Soil and Terrain Analysis of Vehicle Mobility Test Course in Suriname 2841
GMOE II: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and military Operations with a focus on Afghanistan and SW Asia 2954
Grant Support FY13 2985
Heterotrophic respiration as affected by dew and water vapor 2693
Historical Properties Management Plan and Survey, NAFB 2732
IMAGE: Improving STEM Education in Nevada with Compelling Earth Science Imagery 2893
Integrated Desert Terrain Forecasting for Military Operations (DTF) 9710
Inventory and Assessment of Lincoln County Historic Cemeteries 2800
Keeler Dunes Owens Lake 3816
Lahontan Natl. Fish Hatchery Complex, Walker Lake 3056
LanDPro: Army Landscape Dynamics Support Program 3487
Late Quaternary alluvial fan systems in semiarid Chile: evolution and paleoclimate linkages. A workshop and field visit to catalyze US-Chile future collaboration 4813
Light Detection and Ranging in the Walker Basin 3797
Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative 3057
Luminescence Dating of Cave Sediments from Atapuerca, Spain 5660
Martian Geochemical Applications with FREZCHEM 5756
Microbial Availability of Wastewater N and P in Las Vegas Wash and in Associated Wetlands 2588
Microbial Degradation of Ethinylestradiol (EE2) and Estradiol (E2) in Lake Mead and Las Vegas Wash 3553
Modeling Complex Geochemical Processes in the Outer Planets Region 2741
Multi-parameter selection curves for machine-assisted annual layer interpretations of the WAIS-Divide core 2573
NDFF Data Management and participation in data synthesis 2616
Nevada Earth/Space Science Initiative (NESSI) 3966
Nevada's Climate Change High School Science Fair network 4161
North Creek Shelter 3069
NRHP Integrity Evaluation for the Lincoln Highway, Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3545
NSF EPSCoR: Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education and Outreach ,Task 7 2830
Oceano Dunes State Rec Area 3482
Organization of a Climate Change Adaptation Workshop for NASA/DFRC 2649
PD Tess 6 2891
PD Tess Phase 8 3061
PD-Tess Phase 7 2873
Pine Expansion of Arid Land: Fire Effects on Safe Site Abundance, Subcontract 3301
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe 3217
Quantifying Paleo-Water Depth Estimates from Lacustrine Sedimentary Features 6664
Quantitative Spectral Characterization of Background Spectra using full Spectrum Hyperspectral Image Data 3186
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 2334
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 3317
Research Development and Test Support YPG 2977
Ruby Pipeline Paleoenvironments-Wyoming 2964
Subpixel artifact detection using remote sensing 4224
Supplemental Research in Support of ARO Funded Project: GMOE 2733
Surface Winds and Dunes on Mars 3361
Tungsten Mountain 3012
Updated Estimation of Annual Phreatophytic Evapotranspiration for White River, Spring, and Snake Valleys 2907
USGS Assignment Mojave Desert 2974
Using Canines to Survey Desert Tortoise: Human and dog comparison 3192
Verification of Empirical Vegetation Index to ET Relationships and Effect of Spatial Scales and Analytical Methodology 2453
Virgin Anasazi Prehistory Project 7077
WRID SCADA Automated Control Site Integration 3089
YPG Contract 2891

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