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 1994
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 1931
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for Phase 2 of the PD-Tess Project, US Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 1848
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the Training Area Expansion, Dugway Proving Ground 1679
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory for the White Sage 2012 Training Area, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 1598
A Class III Cultural Resource Inventory in Support of Air Force Use Areas, U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 1702
Air Quality Monitoring for the Hualapai Tribe 1856
Airborne Hyperspectral Data Analysis 1689
Alternative Chirality Amino Acid Utilization Research in Support of Mars Astrobiology Mission Development-Subaward 1799
Alternative futures for the context region of the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Stations, Camp Pendleton and Miramar, CA 1837
Ash Meadows Paleoecology Project 2011
Assessing winter bacterioplankton distribution and carbon cycling as part of AMLR field program 1931
Astrobiological Investigation of the Namibian Desert and other Martian Analog Environments 2043
Astrobiology of Icy Worlds: Habitability, Survivability, and Detectability 1936
AZ/NV Tower Corp. Communication Sites Project 1948
Biological Accumulation of D-amino acids in Endolithic Microbial Communities 1659
Biotic Processes Regulating the Carbon Balance of Desert Ecosystems 1747
Carbon Fluxes in the Southern Ocean as Mediated by Ice-Ocean-Ecosystem Interactions 1531
Carbon Sequestration at United States Marine Corps Installations West 1960
Cathedral Gorge, Lincoln County, NV 1645
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 1503
Characterization of Indigenous Microorganisms from Nye County Wells and Assessment of their Utility as Hydrologic Tracers 1841
Characterization of Periphyton and Macronutrients in the South Fork of the Humboldt River and Limnological Assessment of the South Fork Reservoir, NV 2378
Climate Change in Nevada: Task 4 1677
Coll. Res.: Free-Drifting Icebergs as Proliferating Dispersion sites of Iron Enrichment, Organic Carbon Production and Export in the Southern Ocean 1298
Coll. Res.: Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 1952
Coll. Res.: Tropical cyclone imprint on late Quaternary alluvial fans of Baja California: Key for understanding arid regions landscape evolution 1588
Coll. Res: Functional Genomics and Physiological Ecology of Seasonal Succession in Antarctic Phytoplankton: Adaptations to Light and Temperature 1485
CSUB NSF CREST Project Support 1895
Cultural Resources Mercury Powerline Agreement 1980
Desert Hot Weather Test Studies 1861
Desert Soil Characterization for Detection of Buried Landmines, Unexploded Ordinance, and Tunnels 1757
Developing a Luminescence Geochronometer for Arctic Ocean Cores 1920
Development of a Standard Approach for Terrestrial Ecosystem Assessment and Monitoring 1692
Digital Mapping Inventory of Biological Soil Crusts in the Muddy Mountain National Wilderness Area, Nevada 1681
Digital Optical Imaging of Ice Cores for Curation and Scientific Applications 2398
DOE Algal-Based Renewable Energy for Nevada 2824
Dusty Miller survey 1904
Effects of Climate Change on Spring Ecosystem Hydroecology as a guide to Developing Alternative Water Policies 1952
EPSCoR Integrated Science Project (ISP): Task 4 1800
Estimating sub-pixel temperature composition using multispectral thermal imaging 1605
FREZCHEM: An Aqueous Geochemical Model for Mars 2049
Geochemistry and Microbiology of the Extreme Aquatic Environment in Lake Vida, East Antarctica 5851
Geomorphic Mapping in Support of an Archaeological Predictive Model: Proposed Eastern and Western Expansion Areas, Marine Corps Ground Air Combat Center, 29 Palms, California 1651
Global Military Operating Environments: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and Military Operations (GMOE) 2877
Global Military Operating Environments: Soil and Terrain Analysis of Vehicle Mobility Test Course in Suriname 1687
GMOE II: Linking Natural Environments, International Security, and military Operations with a focus on Afghanistan and SW Asia 1838
Grant Support FY13 1728
Heterotrophic respiration as affected by dew and water vapor 1721
Historical Properties Management Plan and Survey, NAFB 1520
IMAGE: Improving STEM Education in Nevada with Compelling Earth Science Imagery 1705
Integrated Desert Terrain Forecasting for Military Operations (DTF) 5998
Inventory and Assessment of Lincoln County Historic Cemeteries 1737
Keeler Dunes Owens Lake 2278
Lahontan Natl. Fish Hatchery Complex, Walker Lake 1857
LanDPro: Army Landscape Dynamics Support Program 2093
Late Quaternary alluvial fan systems in semiarid Chile: evolution and paleoclimate linkages. A workshop and field visit to catalyze US-Chile future collaboration 2730
Light Detection and Ranging in the Walker Basin 2166
Lincoln County Archaeological Initiative 1906
Luminescence Dating of Cave Sediments from Atapuerca, Spain 3546
Martian Geochemical Applications with FREZCHEM 3444
Microbial Availability of Wastewater N and P in Las Vegas Wash and in Associated Wetlands 1556
Microbial Degradation of Ethinylestradiol (EE2) and Estradiol (E2) in Lake Mead and Las Vegas Wash 2235
Modeling Complex Geochemical Processes in the Outer Planets Region 1600
Multi-parameter selection curves for machine-assisted annual layer interpretations of the WAIS-Divide core 1504
NDFF Data Management and participation in data synthesis 1649
Nevada Earth/Space Science Initiative (NESSI) 2448
Nevada's Climate Change High School Science Fair network 2581
North Creek Shelter 1874
NRHP Integrity Evaluation for the Lincoln Highway, Dugway Proving Ground, Tooele County, Utah 2037
NSF EPSCoR: Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education and Outreach ,Task 7 1737
Oceano Dunes State Rec Area 2153
Organization of a Climate Change Adaptation Workshop for NASA/DFRC 1566
PD Tess 6 1757
PD Tess Phase 8 1729
PD-Tess Phase 7 1735
Pine Expansion of Arid Land: Fire Effects on Safe Site Abundance, Subcontract 2003
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe 2030
Quantifying Paleo-Water Depth Estimates from Lacustrine Sedimentary Features 3835
Quantitative Spectral Characterization of Background Spectra using full Spectrum Hyperspectral Image Data 1736
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 1369
Radiochemically-Supported Microbial Communities: A Potential Mechanism for Biocolloid Production of Importance to Actinide Transport 1949
Research Development and Test Support YPG 1712
Ruby Pipeline Paleoenvironments-Wyoming 1735
Subpixel artifact detection using remote sensing 2618
Supplemental Research in Support of ARO Funded Project: GMOE 1603
Surface Winds and Dunes on Mars 1948
Tungsten Mountain 1864
Updated Estimation of Annual Phreatophytic Evapotranspiration for White River, Spring, and Snake Valleys 1689
USGS Assignment Mojave Desert 1821
Using Canines to Survey Desert Tortoise: Human and dog comparison 1941
Verification of Empirical Vegetation Index to ET Relationships and Effect of Spatial Scales and Analytical Methodology 1413
Virgin Anasazi Prehistory Project 4086
WRID SCADA Automated Control Site Integration 1886
YPG Contract 1767