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 3256
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 3306
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for Phase 2 of the PD-Tess Project, US Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3019
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Training Area Expansion, Dugway Proving Ground 2602
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the White Sage 2012 Training Area, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2605
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory in Support of Air Force Use Areas, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2906
Air Quality Monitoring for the Hualapai Tribe 3014
Airborne Hyperspectral Data Analysis 2827
Alternative Chirality Amino Acid Utilization Research in Support of Mars Astrobiology Mission Development-Subaward 2859
Alternative futures for the context region of the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Stations, Camp Pendleton and Miramar, CA 2986
Ash Meadows Paleoecology Project 3126
Assessing winter bacterioplankton distribution and carbon cycling as part of AMLR field program 3210
Astrobiological Investigation of the Namibian Desert and other Martian Analog Environments 3215
Astrobiology of Icy Worlds: Habitability, Survivability, and Detectability 3288
AZ/NV Tower Corp. Communication Sites Project 3060
Biological Accumulation of D-amino acids in Endolithic Microbial Communities 2609
Biotic Processes Regulating the Carbon Balance of Desert Ecosystems 2499
Carbon Fluxes in the Southern Ocean as Mediated by Ice-Ocean-Ecosystem Interactions 2238
Carbon Sequestration at United States Marine Corps Installations West 3278
Cathedral Gorge, Lincoln County, NV 2694
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 2471
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 2931
Characterization of Periphyton and Macronutrients in the South Fork of the Humboldt River and Limnological Assessment of the South Fork Reservoir, NV 4031
Climate Change in Nevada: Task 4 2676
Coll. Res.: Free-Drifting Icebergs as Proliferating Dispersion sites of Iron Enrichment, Organic Carbon Production and Export in the Southern Ocean 2039
Coll. Res.: Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 2860
Coll. Res.: Tropical cyclone imprint on late Quaternary alluvial fans of Baja California: Key for understanding arid regions landscape evolution 2767
Coll. Res: Functional Genomics and Physiological Ecology of Seasonal Succession in Antarctic Phytoplankton: Adaptations to Light and Temperature 2393
CSUB NSF CREST Project Support 2870
Cultural Resources Mercury Powerline Agreement 2914
Deciphering the metagenome-encoded pathway and domain structure for Palmerolide biosynthesis 1732
Desert Hot Weather Test Studies 2785
Desert Soil Characterization for Detection of Buried Landmines, Unexploded Ordinance, and Tunnels 2699
Developing a Luminescence Geochronometer for Arctic Ocean Cores 3176
Development of a Standard Approach for Terrestrial Ecosystem Assessment and Monitoring 2587
Digital Mapping Inventory of Biological Soil Crusts in the Muddy Mountain National Wilderness Area, Nevada 2721
Digital Optical Imaging of Ice Cores for Curation and Scientific Applications 3766
DOE Algal-Based Renewable Energy for Nevada 4369
Dusty Miller survey 3010
Effects of Climate Change on Spring Ecosystem Hydroecology as a guide to Developing Alternative Water Policies 2858
EPSCoR Integrated Science Project (ISP): Task 4 2660
Estimating sub-pixel temperature composition using multispectral thermal imaging 2546
FREZCHEM: An Aqueous Geochemical Model for Mars 3211
Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 8727
Geomorphic Mapping in Support of an Archaeological Predictive Model: Proposed Eastern and Western Expansion Areas, Marine Corps Ground Air Combat Center, 29 Palms, California 2548
Global Military Operating Environments: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and Military Operations (GMOE) 4215
Global Military Operating Environments: Soil and Terrain Analysis of Vehicle Mobility Test Course in Suriname 2601
GMOE II: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and military Operations with a focus on Afghanistan and SW Asia 2731
Grant Support FY13 2777
Heterotrophic respiration as affected by dew and water vapor 2508
Historical Properties Management Plan and Survey, NAFB 2500
IMAGE: Improving STEM Education in Nevada with Compelling Earth Science Imagery 2682
Integrated Desert Terrain Forecasting for Military Operations (DTF) 8975
Inventory and Assessment of Lincoln County Historic Cemeteries 2619
Keeler Dunes Owens Lake 3467
Lahontan Natl. Fish Hatchery Complex, Walker Lake 2814
LanDPro: Army Landscape Dynamics Support Program 3223
Late Quaternary alluvial fan systems in semiarid Chile: evolution and paleoclimate linkages. A workshop and field visit to catalyze US-Chile future collaboration 4405
Light Detection and Ranging in the Walker Basin 3434
Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative 2833
Luminescence Dating of Cave Sediments from Atapuerca, Spain 5304
Martian Geochemical Applications with FREZCHEM 5389
Microbial Availability of Wastewater N and P in Las Vegas Wash and in Associated Wetlands 2397
Microbial Degradation of Ethinylestradiol (EE2) and Estradiol (E2) in Lake Mead and Las Vegas Wash 3329
Modeling Complex Geochemical Processes in the Outer Planets Region 2480
Multi-parameter selection curves for machine-assisted annual layer interpretations of the WAIS-Divide core 2356
NDFF Data Management and participation in data synthesis 2454
Nevada Earth/Space Science Initiative (NESSI) 3641
Nevada's Climate Change High School Science Fair network 3876
North Creek Shelter 2848
NRHP Integrity Evaluation for the Lincoln Highway, Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3213
NSF EPSCoR: Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education and Outreach ,Task 7 2644
Oceano Dunes State Rec Area 3229
Organization of a Climate Change Adaptation Workshop for NASA/DFRC 2468
PD Tess 6 2700
PD Tess Phase 8 2772
PD-Tess Phase 7 2675
Pine Expansion of Arid Land: Fire Effects on Safe Site Abundance, Subcontract 3052
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe 3007
Quantifying Paleo-Water Depth Estimates from Lacustrine Sedimentary Features 6042
Quantitative Spectral Characterization of Background Spectra using full Spectrum Hyperspectral Image Data 2836
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 2141
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 3075
Research Development and Test Support YPG 2751
Ruby Pipeline Paleoenvironments-Wyoming 2763
Subpixel artifact detection using remote sensing 3850
Supplemental Research in Support of ARO Funded Project: GMOE 2504
Surface Winds and Dunes on Mars 3082
Tungsten Mountain 2801
Updated Estimation of Annual Phreatophytic Evapotranspiration for White River, Spring, and Snake Valleys 2680
USGS Assignment Mojave Desert 2737
Using Canines to Survey Desert Tortoise: Human and dog comparison 2964
Verification of Empirical Vegetation Index to ET Relationships and Effect of Spatial Scales and Analytical Methodology 2229
Virgin Anasazi Prehistory Project 6518
WRID SCADA Automated Control Site Integration 2826
YPG Contract 2662