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.

Please select a research project for more information.
3D CAES Virtual Tour on the CAES website 3674
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 3788
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for Phase 2 of the PD-Tess Project, US Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3395
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Training Area Expansion, Dugway Proving Ground 2894
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the White Sage 2012 Training Area, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2937
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory in Support of Air Force Use Areas, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3224
Air Quality Monitoring for the Hualapai Tribe 3398
Airborne Hyperspectral Data Analysis 3207
Alternative Chirality Amino Acid Utilization Research in Support of Mars Astrobiology Mission Development-Subaward 3234
Alternative futures for the context region of the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Stations, Camp Pendleton and Miramar, CA 3380
Ash Meadows Paleoecology Project 3500
Assessing winter bacterioplankton distribution and carbon cycling as part of AMLR field program 3574
Astrobiological Investigation of the Namibian Desert and other Martian Analog Environments 3543
Astrobiology of Icy Worlds: Habitability, Survivability, and Detectability 3684
AZ/NV Tower Corp. Communication Sites Project 3429
Biological Accumulation of D-amino acids in Endolithic Microbial Communities 2965
Biotic Processes Regulating the Carbon Balance of Desert Ecosystems 2739
Carbon Fluxes in the Southern Ocean as Mediated by Ice-Ocean-Ecosystem Interactions 2502
Carbon Sequestration at United States Marine Corps Installations West 3637
Cathedral Gorge, Lincoln County, NV 2976
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 2735
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 3214
Characterization of Periphyton and Macronutrients in the South Fork of the Humboldt River and Limnological Assessment of the South Fork Reservoir, NV 4563
Climate Change in Nevada: Task 4 2933
Coll. Res.: Free-Drifting Icebergs as Proliferating Dispersion sites of Iron Enrichment, Organic Carbon Production and Export in the Southern Ocean 2289
Coll. Res.: Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 3141
Coll. Res.: Tropical cyclone imprint on late Quaternary alluvial fans of Baja California: Key for understanding arid regions landscape evolution 3052
Coll. Res: Functional Genomics and Physiological Ecology of Seasonal Succession in Antarctic Phytoplankton: Adaptations to Light and Temperature 2638
CSUB NSF CREST Project Support 3151
Cultural Resources Mercury Powerline Agreement 3232
Deciphering the metagenome-encoded pathway and domain structure for Palmerolide biosynthesis 2596
Desert Hot Weather Test Studies 3034
Desert Soil Characterization for Detection of Buried Landmines, Unexploded Ordinance, and Tunnels 2981
Developing a Luminescence Geochronometer for Arctic Ocean Cores 3539
Development of a Standard Approach for Terrestrial Ecosystem Assessment and Monitoring 2824
Digital Mapping Inventory of Biological Soil Crusts in the Muddy Mountain National Wilderness Area, Nevada 2973
Digital Optical Imaging of Ice Cores for Curation and Scientific Applications 4245
DOE Algal-Based Renewable Energy for Nevada 4820
Dusty Miller survey 3273
Effects of Climate Change on Spring Ecosystem Hydroecology as a guide to Developing Alternative Water Policies 3125
EPSCoR Integrated Science Project (ISP): Task 4 2875
Estimating sub-pixel temperature composition using multispectral thermal imaging 2808
FREZCHEM: An Aqueous Geochemical Model for Mars 3617
Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 9506
Geomorphic Mapping in Support of an Archaeological Predictive Model: Proposed Eastern and Western Expansion Areas, Marine Corps Ground Air Combat Center, 29 Palms, California 2811
Global Military Operating Environments: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and Military Operations (GMOE) 4547
Global Military Operating Environments: Soil and Terrain Analysis of Vehicle Mobility Test Course in Suriname 2903
GMOE II: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and military Operations with a focus on Afghanistan and SW Asia 3004
Grant Support FY13 3034
Heterotrophic respiration as affected by dew and water vapor 2726
Historical Properties Management Plan and Survey, NAFB 2792
IMAGE: Improving STEM Education in Nevada with Compelling Earth Science Imagery 2939
Integrated Desert Terrain Forecasting for Military Operations (DTF) 9876
Inventory and Assessment of Lincoln County Historic Cemeteries 2849
Keeler Dunes Owens Lake 3906
Lahontan Natl. Fish Hatchery Complex, Walker Lake 3118
LanDPro: Army Landscape Dynamics Support Program 3555
Late Quaternary alluvial fan systems in semiarid Chile: evolution and paleoclimate linkages. A workshop and field visit to catalyze US-Chile future collaboration 4880
Light Detection and Ranging in the Walker Basin 3852
Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative 3105
Luminescence Dating of Cave Sediments from Atapuerca, Spain 5747
Martian Geochemical Applications with FREZCHEM 5837
Microbial Availability of Wastewater N and P in Las Vegas Wash and in Associated Wetlands 2639
Microbial Degradation of Ethinylestradiol (EE2) and Estradiol (E2) in Lake Mead and Las Vegas Wash 3608
Modeling Complex Geochemical Processes in the Outer Planets Region 2806
Multi-parameter selection curves for machine-assisted annual layer interpretations of the WAIS-Divide core 2610
NDFF Data Management and participation in data synthesis 2645
Nevada Earth/Space Science Initiative (NESSI) 4017
Nevada's Climate Change High School Science Fair network 4242
North Creek Shelter 3116
NRHP Integrity Evaluation for the Lincoln Highway, Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 3617
NSF EPSCoR: Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education and Outreach ,Task 7 2864
Oceano Dunes State Rec Area 3536
Organization of a Climate Change Adaptation Workshop for NASA/DFRC 2686
PD Tess 6 2934
PD Tess Phase 8 3124
PD-Tess Phase 7 2908
Pine Expansion of Arid Land: Fire Effects on Safe Site Abundance, Subcontract 3353
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe 3253
Quantifying Paleo-Water Depth Estimates from Lacustrine Sedimentary Features 6782
Quantitative Spectral Characterization of Background Spectra using full Spectrum Hyperspectral Image Data 3228
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 2370
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 3363
Research Development and Test Support YPG 3001
Ruby Pipeline Paleoenvironments-Wyoming 3014
Subpixel artifact detection using remote sensing 4295
Supplemental Research in Support of ARO Funded Project: GMOE 2777
Surface Winds and Dunes on Mars 3425
Tungsten Mountain 3056
Updated Estimation of Annual Phreatophytic Evapotranspiration for White River, Spring, and Snake Valleys 2950
USGS Assignment Mojave Desert 3031
Using Canines to Survey Desert Tortoise: Human and dog comparison 3238
Verification of Empirical Vegetation Index to ET Relationships and Effect of Spatial Scales and Analytical Methodology 2508
Virgin Anasazi Prehistory Project 7190
WRID SCADA Automated Control Site Integration 3184
YPG Contract 2951

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