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Meet Casey Schmidt, Ph.D.

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Schmidt webLearn about the work of Casey Schmidt, Ph.D., an assistant research professor of biogeochemistry at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nev. He specializes in ecological engineering, which is a field of study that combines elements of engineering, ecology and design to help solve environmental problems. Casey holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in soil and water science from the University of Florida, and a B.S. in biology from the University of Washington.


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Meet Mary Cablk, Ph.D.

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Cablk1 webLearn about the work of Mary E. Cablk, Ph.D., in this Q&A interview for DRI's new "Behind the Science" blog. Mary Cablk is an associate research professor of biology at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, NV. She specializes in the broad category of “detection,” which includes the use of canines to sniff out targets such as human remains, wildlife, and contraband. 

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Solar Panels and Rainwater Infiltration into Soil

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Markus Berli stands in front of a lysimeter, a large steel drum containing soil that is used to model soil moisture content after storm events. Arrays of solar panels in the Nevada desert don’t just block the sun’s rays from reaching the ground; they also intercept rainwater, possibly impacting plant and animal habitats, according to DRI's Markus Berli. Berli is currently working on research that will gauge how arrays of solar panels can change the ecosystems inside and around solar installations.

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