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 3420
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 3533
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for Phase 2 of the PD-Tess Project, US Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3192
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Training Area Expansion, Dugway Proving Ground 2732
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the White Sage 2012 Training Area, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2753
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory in Support of Air Force Use Areas, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3057
Air Quality Monitoring for the Hualapai Tribe 3181
Airborne Hyperspectral Data Analysis 3008
Alternative Chirality Amino Acid Utilization Research in Support of Mars Astrobiology Mission Development-Subaward 3022
Alternative futures for the context region of the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Stations, Camp Pendleton and Miramar, CA 3165
Ash Meadows Paleoecology Project 3293
Assessing winter bacterioplankton distribution and carbon cycling as part of AMLR field program 3369
Astrobiological Investigation of the Namibian Desert and other Martian Analog Environments 3367
Astrobiology of Icy Worlds: Habitability, Survivability, and Detectability 3485
AZ/NV Tower Corp. Communication Sites Project 3210
Biological Accumulation of D-amino acids in Endolithic Microbial Communities 2756
Biotic Processes Regulating the Carbon Balance of Desert Ecosystems 2605
Carbon Fluxes in the Southern Ocean as Mediated by Ice-Ocean-Ecosystem Interactions 2366
Carbon Sequestration at United States Marine Corps Installations West 3453
Cathedral Gorge, Lincoln County, NV 2817
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 2609
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 3072
Characterization of Periphyton and Macronutrients in the South Fork of the Humboldt River and Limnological Assessment of the South Fork Reservoir, NV 4286
Climate Change in Nevada: Task 4 2789
Coll. Res.: Free-Drifting Icebergs as Proliferating Dispersion sites of Iron Enrichment, Organic Carbon Production and Export in the Southern Ocean 2143
Coll. Res.: Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 2996
Coll. Res.: Tropical cyclone imprint on late Quaternary alluvial fans of Baja California: Key for understanding arid regions landscape evolution 2924
Coll. Res: Functional Genomics and Physiological Ecology of Seasonal Succession in Antarctic Phytoplankton: Adaptations to Light and Temperature 2508
CSUB NSF CREST Project Support 3007
Cultural Resources Mercury Powerline Agreement 3054
Deciphering the metagenome-encoded pathway and domain structure for Palmerolide biosynthesis 2243
Desert Hot Weather Test Studies 2899
Desert Soil Characterization for Detection of Buried Landmines, Unexploded Ordinance, and Tunnels 2828
Developing a Luminescence Geochronometer for Arctic Ocean Cores 3350
Development of a Standard Approach for Terrestrial Ecosystem Assessment and Monitoring 2696
Digital Mapping Inventory of Biological Soil Crusts in the Muddy Mountain National Wilderness Area, Nevada 2840
Digital Optical Imaging of Ice Cores for Curation and Scientific Applications 3979
DOE Algal-Based Renewable Energy for Nevada 4577
Dusty Miller survey 3119
Effects of Climate Change on Spring Ecosystem Hydroecology as a guide to Developing Alternative Water Policies 2989
EPSCoR Integrated Science Project (ISP): Task 4 2758
Estimating sub-pixel temperature composition using multispectral thermal imaging 2662
FREZCHEM: An Aqueous Geochemical Model for Mars 3387
Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 9130
Geomorphic Mapping in Support of an Archaeological Predictive Model: Proposed Eastern and Western Expansion Areas, Marine Corps Ground Air Combat Center, 29 Palms, California 2660
Global Military Operating Environments: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and Military Operations (GMOE) 4369
Global Military Operating Environments: Soil and Terrain Analysis of Vehicle Mobility Test Course in Suriname 2730
GMOE II: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and military Operations with a focus on Afghanistan and SW Asia 2859
Grant Support FY13 2892
Heterotrophic respiration as affected by dew and water vapor 2617
Historical Properties Management Plan and Survey, NAFB 2628
IMAGE: Improving STEM Education in Nevada with Compelling Earth Science Imagery 2800
Integrated Desert Terrain Forecasting for Military Operations (DTF) 9404
Inventory and Assessment of Lincoln County Historic Cemeteries 2720
Keeler Dunes Owens Lake 3648
Lahontan Natl. Fish Hatchery Complex, Walker Lake 2936
LanDPro: Army Landscape Dynamics Support Program 3365
Late Quaternary alluvial fan systems in semiarid Chile: evolution and paleoclimate linkages. A workshop and field visit to catalyze US-Chile future collaboration 4626
Light Detection and Ranging in the Walker Basin 3654
Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative 2965
Luminescence Dating of Cave Sediments from Atapuerca, Spain 5499
Martian Geochemical Applications with FREZCHEM 5581
Microbial Availability of Wastewater N and P in Las Vegas Wash and in Associated Wetlands 2517
Microbial Degradation of Ethinylestradiol (EE2) and Estradiol (E2) in Lake Mead and Las Vegas Wash 3441
Modeling Complex Geochemical Processes in the Outer Planets Region 2620
Multi-parameter selection curves for machine-assisted annual layer interpretations of the WAIS-Divide core 2479
NDFF Data Management and participation in data synthesis 2544
Nevada Earth/Space Science Initiative (NESSI) 3820
Nevada's Climate Change High School Science Fair network 4036
North Creek Shelter 2961
NRHP Integrity Evaluation for the Lincoln Highway, Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3405
NSF EPSCoR: Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education and Outreach ,Task 7 2743
Oceano Dunes State Rec Area 3359
Organization of a Climate Change Adaptation Workshop for NASA/DFRC 2566
PD Tess 6 2803
PD Tess Phase 8 2933
PD-Tess Phase 7 2781
Pine Expansion of Arid Land: Fire Effects on Safe Site Abundance, Subcontract 3203
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe 3135
Quantifying Paleo-Water Depth Estimates from Lacustrine Sedimentary Features 6419
Quantitative Spectral Characterization of Background Spectra using full Spectrum Hyperspectral Image Data 3041
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 2252
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 3216
Research Development and Test Support YPG 2884
Ruby Pipeline Paleoenvironments-Wyoming 2868
Subpixel artifact detection using remote sensing 4049
Supplemental Research in Support of ARO Funded Project: GMOE 2634
Surface Winds and Dunes on Mars 3239
Tungsten Mountain 2913
Updated Estimation of Annual Phreatophytic Evapotranspiration for White River, Spring, and Snake Valleys 2804
USGS Assignment Mojave Desert 2856
Using Canines to Survey Desert Tortoise: Human and dog comparison 3095
Verification of Empirical Vegetation Index to ET Relationships and Effect of Spatial Scales and Analytical Methodology 2347
Virgin Anasazi Prehistory Project 6853
WRID SCADA Automated Control Site Integration 2971
YPG Contract 2779

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