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 3512
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 3638
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for Phase 2 of the PD-Tess Project, US Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3265
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Training Area Expansion, Dugway Proving Ground 2785
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the White Sage 2012 Training Area, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2820
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory in Support of Air Force Use Areas, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3111
Air Quality Monitoring for the Hualapai Tribe 3259
Airborne Hyperspectral Data Analysis 3074
Alternative Chirality Amino Acid Utilization Research in Support of Mars Astrobiology Mission Development-Subaward 3096
Alternative futures for the context region of the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Stations, Camp Pendleton and Miramar, CA 3240
Ash Meadows Paleoecology Project 3356
Assessing winter bacterioplankton distribution and carbon cycling as part of AMLR field program 3439
Astrobiological Investigation of the Namibian Desert and other Martian Analog Environments 3429
Astrobiology of Icy Worlds: Habitability, Survivability, and Detectability 3551
AZ/NV Tower Corp. Communication Sites Project 3281
Biological Accumulation of D-amino acids in Endolithic Microbial Communities 2821
Biotic Processes Regulating the Carbon Balance of Desert Ecosystems 2657
Carbon Fluxes in the Southern Ocean as Mediated by Ice-Ocean-Ecosystem Interactions 2418
Carbon Sequestration at United States Marine Corps Installations West 3535
Cathedral Gorge, Lincoln County, NV 2878
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 2652
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 3121
Characterization of Periphyton and Macronutrients in the South Fork of the Humboldt River and Limnological Assessment of the South Fork Reservoir, NV 4377
Climate Change in Nevada: Task 4 2837
Coll. Res.: Free-Drifting Icebergs as Proliferating Dispersion sites of Iron Enrichment, Organic Carbon Production and Export in the Southern Ocean 2202
Coll. Res.: Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 3042
Coll. Res.: Tropical cyclone imprint on late Quaternary alluvial fans of Baja California: Key for understanding arid regions landscape evolution 2968
Coll. Res: Functional Genomics and Physiological Ecology of Seasonal Succession in Antarctic Phytoplankton: Adaptations to Light and Temperature 2554
CSUB NSF CREST Project Support 3057
Cultural Resources Mercury Powerline Agreement 3121
Deciphering the metagenome-encoded pathway and domain structure for Palmerolide biosynthesis 2376
Desert Hot Weather Test Studies 2946
Desert Soil Characterization for Detection of Buried Landmines, Unexploded Ordinance, and Tunnels 2877
Developing a Luminescence Geochronometer for Arctic Ocean Cores 3414
Development of a Standard Approach for Terrestrial Ecosystem Assessment and Monitoring 2744
Digital Mapping Inventory of Biological Soil Crusts in the Muddy Mountain National Wilderness Area, Nevada 2887
Digital Optical Imaging of Ice Cores for Curation and Scientific Applications 4067
DOE Algal-Based Renewable Energy for Nevada 4658
Dusty Miller survey 3173
Effects of Climate Change on Spring Ecosystem Hydroecology as a guide to Developing Alternative Water Policies 3034
EPSCoR Integrated Science Project (ISP): Task 4 2798
Estimating sub-pixel temperature composition using multispectral thermal imaging 2726
FREZCHEM: An Aqueous Geochemical Model for Mars 3474
Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 9270
Geomorphic Mapping in Support of an Archaeological Predictive Model: Proposed Eastern and Western Expansion Areas, Marine Corps Ground Air Combat Center, 29 Palms, California 2714
Global Military Operating Environments: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and Military Operations (GMOE) 4420
Global Military Operating Environments: Soil and Terrain Analysis of Vehicle Mobility Test Course in Suriname 2784
GMOE II: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and military Operations with a focus on Afghanistan and SW Asia 2905
Grant Support FY13 2940
Heterotrophic respiration as affected by dew and water vapor 2658
Historical Properties Management Plan and Survey, NAFB 2689
IMAGE: Improving STEM Education in Nevada with Compelling Earth Science Imagery 2857
Integrated Desert Terrain Forecasting for Military Operations (DTF) 9562
Inventory and Assessment of Lincoln County Historic Cemeteries 2759
Keeler Dunes Owens Lake 3744
Lahontan Natl. Fish Hatchery Complex, Walker Lake 3007
LanDPro: Army Landscape Dynamics Support Program 3437
Late Quaternary alluvial fan systems in semiarid Chile: evolution and paleoclimate linkages. A workshop and field visit to catalyze US-Chile future collaboration 4724
Light Detection and Ranging in the Walker Basin 3745
Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative 3013
Luminescence Dating of Cave Sediments from Atapuerca, Spain 5585
Martian Geochemical Applications with FREZCHEM 5674
Microbial Availability of Wastewater N and P in Las Vegas Wash and in Associated Wetlands 2550
Microbial Degradation of Ethinylestradiol (EE2) and Estradiol (E2) in Lake Mead and Las Vegas Wash 3497
Modeling Complex Geochemical Processes in the Outer Planets Region 2682
Multi-parameter selection curves for machine-assisted annual layer interpretations of the WAIS-Divide core 2531
NDFF Data Management and participation in data synthesis 2579
Nevada Earth/Space Science Initiative (NESSI) 3910
Nevada's Climate Change High School Science Fair network 4108
North Creek Shelter 3016
NRHP Integrity Evaluation for the Lincoln Highway, Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3492
NSF EPSCoR: Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education and Outreach ,Task 7 2788
Oceano Dunes State Rec Area 3418
Organization of a Climate Change Adaptation Workshop for NASA/DFRC 2609
PD Tess 6 2846
PD Tess Phase 8 3010
PD-Tess Phase 7 2831
Pine Expansion of Arid Land: Fire Effects on Safe Site Abundance, Subcontract 3255
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe 3175
Quantifying Paleo-Water Depth Estimates from Lacustrine Sedimentary Features 6544
Quantitative Spectral Characterization of Background Spectra using full Spectrum Hyperspectral Image Data 3135
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 2295
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 3271
Research Development and Test Support YPG 2941
Ruby Pipeline Paleoenvironments-Wyoming 2912
Subpixel artifact detection using remote sensing 4143
Supplemental Research in Support of ARO Funded Project: GMOE 2688
Surface Winds and Dunes on Mars 3299
Tungsten Mountain 2966
Updated Estimation of Annual Phreatophytic Evapotranspiration for White River, Spring, and Snake Valleys 2863
USGS Assignment Mojave Desert 2918
Using Canines to Survey Desert Tortoise: Human and dog comparison 3148
Verification of Empirical Vegetation Index to ET Relationships and Effect of Spatial Scales and Analytical Methodology 2402
Virgin Anasazi Prehistory Project 6987
WRID SCADA Automated Control Site Integration 3026
YPG Contract 2837

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