DRI Research

DRI's research ranges from microbiology and atmospheric physics to archaeology and renewable energy. We focus on understanding and answering environmental science questions about global climate change, water quality and availability, air quality, sustainability of desert lands, life in extreme environments, and more. DRI scientists and engineers generate leading-edge technologies for applications such as measuring windblown dust emissions and ultra-fine particles, quantifying light scattering from large particles in the atmosphere, modeling wind flow over complex terrain, and improved detection of icing conditions on airplane wings.

DRI research highlights are listed below.

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Climate change puts endangered Devils Hole pupfish at risk of extinction
Pahrump Valley Water Resources: An Integrated Modeling Assessment
Fate and Transport of Disinfection By-products in Las Vegas Valley during Aquifer Storage and Recovery
Effects of Large-scale Groundwater Extraction on Normal Faults in Eastern Nevada
Nevada Integrated Climate and Evapotranspiration Network
Development of a Southern Nevada Evapotranspiration Monitoring Program using Remote Sensing
Quantifying the Impacts of Tamarisk Defoliation along the Virgin River of Nevada: Is Diorhabda carinulata here to save water?
Understanding Wildland Fire Behavior
Sierra Nevada Regional Fire Emissions Workshop
Central Great Basin Scenario Planning Overview
Planning for the Future of the Great Basin
Great Basin Climate Forum 2014
PBS NewsHour report highlights DRI dust research to understand how devastating Valley Fever fungus spreads
Impacts of Sea Ice Dynamics on Atmospheric Cycling of Mercury and Ozone
Microbiologist at the Desert Research Institute makes his mark in Death Valley
Evolution of the North American Monsoon
DRI world-renowned water expertise to support state’s first Center of Excellence in Las Vegas
Nevada climate, environmental data network to inform research, community
Antarctic ice core extracted by DRI scientists contains extraordinary and detailed record of greenhouse gases and climate change
DRI’s GreenPower Administrator Recognized by Vegas Inc. as a 2013 Woman to Watch
Gary Trubl, Dec. 2012 Featured DRI Graduate Student
Tom Malamakal, Nov. 2012 Featured DRI Graduate Student
Nicholas Beres, Oct. 2012 Featured DRI Graduate Student
DRI Demonstrates Lake Tahoe Research to Senator Heller
DRI Works Toward Sustainability with Renewable Energy Projects
Hallar Named Regents' Rising Researcher
DRI Scientists Conduct Climate Change Research in Maldives
Thomas named Executive Director of the Division of Hydrologic Sciences
Governor Praises DRI’s METRIC Program
DRI and Scripps’ scientists conducting climate change research in Maldives
Festival Focuses On Mars – Mojave Desert Similarities
Desert Research Institute Scientist Wins Top Honor in China
DRI's Net Zero Building Honored by USGBC and Senator Reid
DoE/NNSA Contract Extension
DoE/NNSA Contract Extension Feature
DRI Researcher Featured in Scientific American
Experience of a Visiting Scholar
DRI Scientist Earns Fifth Patent
Radiation Levels in Real Time? There's an App for That!
DHS Water Balance Cover Workshop
Dilworth students participate in Mission Antarctica
Communicating Science with Animation
DRI Researcher Earns Grant to Study the Seasonal Genetic Variations of Antarctic Microscopic Plants
Abnormal Spring
What Effect do Clouds Have on Climate?
Tracking the Air Quality at Lake Tahoe
Building Concepts for Clarity
Top Cited Article in the Journal of Human Evolution
DRI Researcher Published in Nature Geoscience
Taking Your Home’s Energy Temperature
DRI Researcher Earns National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Grant
DRI Researcher Develops Bioengineering Company
DRI Researcher Authors New Book
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society Names DRI Researcher One of the 2010 Professional of the Year Award Winners
Innovative Equipment Manufacturer Features Work with DRI on Environmental Monitoring
Dr. Henry Sun: Looking for Life on Mars
DRI Assists with West Point Cadet Training
DRI Researcher Named to National Committee
Scientists Use Tahoe Work to Protect Guatemalan Lake
Kendrick Taylor Named Chief Scientist for Antarctic Project
Doctoral Student Todd Caldwell Earns 2010 Warden Award
The Mojave Desert Book Earns PROSE Award
DRI's Kenneth Kunkel Featured on NPR's On Point
Three DRI Researchers Working in Antarctica
Inside Renewable Energy: Interview with Dr. Michael Auerbach

Atmospheric Sciences (DAS)
Air quality and atmospheric research including meteorology, visibility and pollutant transport.

Western Regional Climate Center
Climate Information and Data Services
Providing jointly developed products, services and capabilities that enhance the delivery of public climate info.

Diversity at DRI
An Inclusive Mission of Research Excellence
Diversity at DRI
Offering a supportive and diverse environment for our students, faculty/staff and visitors.

Land and Life
Earth and Ecosystems Sciences (DEES)
Research into changing landscapes including the soils, plants, animals and humans that affect them.

K-12 Outreach and Education
Supporting Nevada educators in science-based, environmental education with free tools, resources, and training.

Renewable Energy at DRI
Discovering New Energy Production Methods
dri-renewable-energyExpanding renewable energy research throughout Nevada and around the U.S.

Hydrologic Sciences (DHS)
Study of the natural and human factors that influence the availability and quality of water resources.

DRI Nevada Medal Event
2015 Medalist - Dr. Christopher McKay
Proudly honoring outstanding achievement in science and engineering with gala events in Reno and Las Vegas.

Nevada Center of Excellence
Supporting Nevada's Economic Development
Center of ExcellenceCombining NSHE water expertise and IBM’s advanced technologies to grow tomorrow's workforce.