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 2260
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 2201
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for Phase 2 of the PD-Tess Project, US Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2079
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Training Area Expansion, Dugway Proving Ground 1880
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the White Sage 2012 Training Area, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 1806
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory in Support of Air Force Use Areas, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 1924
Air Quality Monitoring for the Hualapai Tribe 2107
Airborne Hyperspectral Data Analysis 1937
Alternative Chirality Amino Acid Utilization Research in Support of Mars Astrobiology Mission Development-Subaward 2028
Alternative futures for the context region of the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Stations, Camp Pendleton and Miramar, CA 2057
Ash Meadows Paleoecology Project 2249
Assessing winter bacterioplankton distribution and carbon cycling as part of AMLR field program 2193
Astrobiological Investigation of the Namibian Desert and other Martian Analog Environments 2314
Astrobiology of Icy Worlds: Habitability, Survivability, and Detectability 2161
AZ/NV Tower Corp. Communication Sites Project 2187
Biological Accumulation of D-amino acids in Endolithic Microbial Communities 1851
Biotic Processes Regulating the Carbon Balance of Desert Ecosystems 1936
Carbon Fluxes in the Southern Ocean as Mediated by Ice-Ocean-Ecosystem Interactions 1685
Carbon Sequestration at United States Marine Corps Installations West 2288
Cathedral Gorge, Lincoln County, NV 1911
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 1717
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 2075
Characterization of Periphyton and Macronutrients in the South Fork of the Humboldt River and Limnological Assessment of the South Fork Reservoir, NV 2695
Climate Change in Nevada: Task 4 1885
Coll. Res.: Free-Drifting Icebergs as Proliferating Dispersion sites of Iron Enrichment, Organic Carbon Production and Export in the Southern Ocean 1455
Coll. Res.: Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 2187
Coll. Res.: Tropical cyclone imprint on late Quaternary alluvial fans of Baja California: Key for understanding arid regions landscape evolution 1857
Coll. Res: Functional Genomics and Physiological Ecology of Seasonal Succession in Antarctic Phytoplankton: Adaptations to Light and Temperature 1696
CSUB NSF CREST Project Support 2140
Cultural Resources Mercury Powerline Agreement 2208
Desert Hot Weather Test Studies 2076
Desert Soil Characterization for Detection of Buried Landmines, Unexploded Ordinance, and Tunnels 1996
Developing a Luminescence Geochronometer for Arctic Ocean Cores 2241
Development of a Standard Approach for Terrestrial Ecosystem Assessment and Monitoring 1918
Digital Mapping Inventory of Biological Soil Crusts in the Muddy Mountain National Wilderness Area, Nevada 1918
Digital Optical Imaging of Ice Cores for Curation and Scientific Applications 2715
DOE Algal-Based Renewable Energy for Nevada 3181
Dusty Miller survey 2178
Effects of Climate Change on Spring Ecosystem Hydroecology as a guide to Developing Alternative Water Policies 2163
EPSCoR Integrated Science Project (ISP): Task 4 2025
Estimating sub-pixel temperature composition using multispectral thermal imaging 1828
FREZCHEM: An Aqueous Geochemical Model for Mars 2324
Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 6439
Geomorphic Mapping in Support of an Archaeological Predictive Model: Proposed Eastern and Western Expansion Areas, Marine Corps Ground Air Combat Center, 29 Palms, California 1878
Global Military Operating Environments: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and Military Operations (GMOE) 3189
Global Military Operating Environments: Soil and Terrain Analysis of Vehicle Mobility Test Course in Suriname 1888
GMOE II: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and military Operations with a focus on Afghanistan and SW Asia 2030
Grant Support FY13 1974
Heterotrophic respiration as affected by dew and water vapor 1899
Historical Properties Management Plan and Survey, NAFB 1733
IMAGE: Improving STEM Education in Nevada with Compelling Earth Science Imagery 1940
Integrated Desert Terrain Forecasting for Military Operations (DTF) 6594
Inventory and Assessment of Lincoln County Historic Cemeteries 1939
Keeler Dunes Owens Lake 2544
Lahontan Natl. Fish Hatchery Complex, Walker Lake 2113
LanDPro: Army Landscape Dynamics Support Program 2389
Late Quaternary alluvial fan systems in semiarid Chile: evolution and paleoclimate linkages. A workshop and field visit to catalyze US-Chile future collaboration 3120
Light Detection and Ranging in the Walker Basin 2473
Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative 2126
Luminescence Dating of Cave Sediments from Atapuerca, Spain 3935
Martian Geochemical Applications with FREZCHEM 3876
Microbial Availability of Wastewater N and P in Las Vegas Wash and in Associated Wetlands 1750
Microbial Degradation of Ethinylestradiol (EE2) and Estradiol (E2) in Lake Mead and Las Vegas Wash 2672
Modeling Complex Geochemical Processes in the Outer Planets Region 1805
Multi-parameter selection curves for machine-assisted annual layer interpretations of the WAIS-Divide core 1686
NDFF Data Management and participation in data synthesis 1837
Nevada Earth/Space Science Initiative (NESSI) 2748
Nevada's Climate Change High School Science Fair network 2886
North Creek Shelter 2146
NRHP Integrity Evaluation for the Lincoln Highway, Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2321
NSF EPSCoR: Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education and Outreach ,Task 7 1943
Oceano Dunes State Rec Area 2394
Organization of a Climate Change Adaptation Workshop for NASA/DFRC 1763
PD Tess 6 1992
PD Tess Phase 8 1964
PD-Tess Phase 7 1979
Pine Expansion of Arid Land: Fire Effects on Safe Site Abundance, Subcontract 2256
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe 2286
Quantifying Paleo-Water Depth Estimates from Lacustrine Sedimentary Features 4229
Quantitative Spectral Characterization of Background Spectra using full Spectrum Hyperspectral Image Data 1959
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 1542
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 2206
Research Development and Test Support YPG 1949
Ruby Pipeline Paleoenvironments-Wyoming 1973
Subpixel artifact detection using remote sensing 2875
Supplemental Research in Support of ARO Funded Project: GMOE 1812
Surface Winds and Dunes on Mars 2224
Tungsten Mountain 2100
Updated Estimation of Annual Phreatophytic Evapotranspiration for White River, Spring, and Snake Valleys 1903
USGS Assignment Mojave Desert 2057
Using Canines to Survey Desert Tortoise: Human and dog comparison 2230
Verification of Empirical Vegetation Index to ET Relationships and Effect of Spatial Scales and Analytical Methodology 1591
Virgin Anasazi Prehistory Project 4596
WRID SCADA Automated Control Site Integration 2114
YPG Contract 1991