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 1943
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 1860
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for Phase 2 of the PD-Tess Project, US Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 1786
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Training Area Expansion, Dugway Proving Ground 1620
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the White Sage 2012 Training Area, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 1548
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory in Support of Air Force Use Areas, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 1651
Air Quality Monitoring for the Hualapai Tribe 1800
Airborne Hyperspectral Data Analysis 1643
Alternative Chirality Amino Acid Utilization Research in Support of Mars Astrobiology Mission Development-Subaward 1751
Alternative futures for the context region of the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Stations, Camp Pendleton and Miramar, CA 1794
Ash Meadows Paleoecology Project 1927
Assessing winter bacterioplankton distribution and carbon cycling as part of AMLR field program 1867
Astrobiological Investigation of the Namibian Desert and other Martian Analog Environments 1962
Astrobiology of Icy Worlds: Habitability, Survivability, and Detectability 1878
AZ/NV Tower Corp. Communication Sites Project 1888
Biological Accumulation of D-amino acids in Endolithic Microbial Communities 1594
Biotic Processes Regulating the Carbon Balance of Desert Ecosystems 1696
Carbon Fluxes in the Southern Ocean as Mediated by Ice-Ocean-Ecosystem Interactions 1476
Carbon Sequestration at United States Marine Corps Installations West 1892
Cathedral Gorge, Lincoln County, NV 1596
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 1446
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 1776
Characterization of Periphyton and Macronutrients in the South Fork of the Humboldt River and Limnological Assessment of the South Fork Reservoir, NV 2308
Climate Change in Nevada: Task 4 1620
Coll. Res.: Free-Drifting Icebergs as Proliferating Dispersion sites of Iron Enrichment, Organic Carbon Production and Export in the Southern Ocean 1253
Coll. Res.: Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 1882
Coll. Res.: Tropical cyclone imprint on late Quaternary alluvial fans of Baja California: Key for understanding arid regions landscape evolution 1522
Coll. Res: Functional Genomics and Physiological Ecology of Seasonal Succession in Antarctic Phytoplankton: Adaptations to Light and Temperature 1422
CSUB NSF CREST Project Support 1835
Cultural Resources Mercury Powerline Agreement 1927
Desert Hot Weather Test Studies 1797
Desert Soil Characterization for Detection of Buried Landmines, Unexploded Ordinance, and Tunnels 1693
Developing a Luminescence Geochronometer for Arctic Ocean Cores 1847
Development of a Standard Approach for Terrestrial Ecosystem Assessment and Monitoring 1626
Digital Mapping Inventory of Biological Soil Crusts in the Muddy Mountain National Wilderness Area, Nevada 1626
Digital Optical Imaging of Ice Cores for Curation and Scientific Applications 2310
DOE Algal-Based Renewable Energy for Nevada 2736
Dusty Miller survey 1831
Effects of Climate Change on Spring Ecosystem Hydroecology as a guide to Developing Alternative Water Policies 1881
EPSCoR Integrated Science Project (ISP): Task 4 1736
Estimating sub-pixel temperature composition using multispectral thermal imaging 1544
FREZCHEM: An Aqueous Geochemical Model for Mars 1972
Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 5663
Geomorphic Mapping in Support of an Archaeological Predictive Model: Proposed Eastern and Western Expansion Areas, Marine Corps Ground Air Combat Center, 29 Palms, California 1587
Global Military Operating Environments: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and Military Operations (GMOE) 2776
Global Military Operating Environments: Soil and Terrain Analysis of Vehicle Mobility Test Course in Suriname 1630
GMOE II: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and military Operations with a focus on Afghanistan and SW Asia 1785
Grant Support FY13 1664
Heterotrophic respiration as affected by dew and water vapor 1648
Historical Properties Management Plan and Survey, NAFB 1471
IMAGE: Improving STEM Education in Nevada with Compelling Earth Science Imagery 1642
Integrated Desert Terrain Forecasting for Military Operations (DTF) 5859
Inventory and Assessment of Lincoln County Historic Cemeteries 1680
Keeler Dunes Owens Lake 2205
Lahontan Natl. Fish Hatchery Complex, Walker Lake 1791
LanDPro: Army Landscape Dynamics Support Program 2013
Late Quaternary alluvial fan systems in semiarid Chile: evolution and paleoclimate linkages. A workshop and field visit to catalyze US-Chile future collaboration 2638
Light Detection and Ranging in the Walker Basin 2087
Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative 1854
Luminescence Dating of Cave Sediments from Atapuerca, Spain 3447
Martian Geochemical Applications with FREZCHEM 3352
Microbial Availability of Wastewater N and P in Las Vegas Wash and in Associated Wetlands 1500
Microbial Degradation of Ethinylestradiol (EE2) and Estradiol (E2) in Lake Mead and Las Vegas Wash 2060
Modeling Complex Geochemical Processes in the Outer Planets Region 1542
Multi-parameter selection curves for machine-assisted annual layer interpretations of the WAIS-Divide core 1449
NDFF Data Management and participation in data synthesis 1606
Nevada Earth/Space Science Initiative (NESSI) 2380
Nevada's Climate Change High School Science Fair network 2507
North Creek Shelter 1805
NRHP Integrity Evaluation for the Lincoln Highway, Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 1966
NSF EPSCoR: Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education and Outreach ,Task 7 1682
Oceano Dunes State Rec Area 2073
Organization of a Climate Change Adaptation Workshop for NASA/DFRC 1515
PD Tess 6 1706
PD Tess Phase 8 1665
PD-Tess Phase 7 1672
Pine Expansion of Arid Land: Fire Effects on Safe Site Abundance, Subcontract 1930
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe 1937
Quantifying Paleo-Water Depth Estimates from Lacustrine Sedimentary Features 3752
Quantitative Spectral Characterization of Background Spectra using full Spectrum Hyperspectral Image Data 1690
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 1326
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 1892
Research Development and Test Support YPG 1651
Ruby Pipeline Paleoenvironments-Wyoming 1649
Subpixel artifact detection using remote sensing 2547
Supplemental Research in Support of ARO Funded Project: GMOE 1549
Surface Winds and Dunes on Mars 1871
Tungsten Mountain 1796
Updated Estimation of Annual Phreatophytic Evapotranspiration for White River, Spring, and Snake Valleys 1640
USGS Assignment Mojave Desert 1756
Using Canines to Survey Desert Tortoise: Human and dog comparison 1882
Verification of Empirical Vegetation Index to ET Relationships and Effect of Spatial Scales and Analytical Methodology 1367
Virgin Anasazi Prehistory Project 3994
WRID SCADA Automated Control Site Integration 1825
YPG Contract 1708