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DRI is the environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education. With more than 500 employees and two main campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada, DRI generates $50 million in total annual revenue. DRI excels in basic and applied research and the application of technologies to improve people's lives throughout Nevada and the world. Our faculty and students apply scientific understanding to the effective management of natural resources while meeting Nevada's needs for economic diversification and science-based educational opportunities.


As the Earth’s environment continues to change, the need for creative scientific solutions and the application of innovative technologies becomes increasingly important to ensure a balanced future, one that recognizes the need to utilize and maintain those natural systems that sustain humanity around the globe. Since 1959, DRI has stood at the forefront of understanding Earth's complex environmental systems, promoting preservation of diverse ecosystems, advancing responsible natural resource management, and improving human health and welfare throughout Nevada and around the world.
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Fri, 29 May 2015

New method of ice core analysis helps define influence of fresh water on climate during…

RENO – A new study shows how huge influxes of fresh water into the North Atlantic Ocean from icebergs calving off North America during the... Read more

Thu, 21 May 2015

DRI and AWMA honor Galena High School Science Teacher

RENO - In an ongoing effort to support STEM educators in Nevada, Drs. Judith Chow and John Watson, international air quality experts from Nevada’s Desert Research... Read more

Tue, 12 May 2015

DRI’s Christopher Ipsen awarded 2015 Chief Information Security Officer of the Year by SC Magazine

RENO – Christopher Ipsen, Assistant Vice President for Information Technology, Chief Information Officer for Nevada’s Desert Research Institute’s (DRI), has been awarded SC Magazine’s highest... Read more

Mon, 11 May 2015

DRI names Joe Grzymski as Senior Director of Applied Innovation Center

Focus on commercializing research and supporting Nevada's emerging industries and knowledge-based economy RENO - Joe Grzymski, Ph.D., has been named the Senior Director of the Applied... Read more

Wed, 29 Apr 2015

Two-mile long ice core reveals ocean currents transmitted climate changes from the Arctic to the…

Northern temperature changes lead corresponding Southern patterns by 200 years RENO – A new highly detailed ice core from West Antarctica has revealed a consistent pattern... Read more

Thu, 16 Apr 2015

Las Vegas Strip to Feature Innovative Water Conservation Technology

Las Vegas - Las Vegas Boulevard will become the first site in the nation to host a new “Internet of Things” water technology that continuously... Read more

Mon, 13 Apr 2015

Foothill High School student helps DRI name newly discovered microorganism

Las Vegas - On Monday afternoon Brenna Hardtner, a student at Foothill High School in Henderson, Nevada was honored as the official winner of DRI's... Read more

Fri, 10 Apr 2015

DRI's Justin Huntington to serve on Governor's Drought Forum

This week Governor Brian Sandoval called upon Justin Huntington, DRI associate research professor of hydrology, to serve on the newly appointed Nevada Drought Forum. Governor... Read more

Sun, 29 Mar 2015

New research identifies diverse sources of methane in shallow Arctic lakes

Biogenic methane production in lake sediments may be sensitive to increasing global temperatures RENO, Nev. – New research into the changing ecology of thousands of shallow... Read more

Tue, 24 Mar 2015

$4.5 million program to explore agriculture and water management on tribal lands

USDA-funded ‘Native Waters on Arid Lands’ brings together scientists, 1862 and 1994 land-grant institutions and tribal communities of Great Basin and Southwest to address agricultural... Read more

Mon, 16 Mar 2015

NSHE statement on the passing of former Regent Dr. Jack Lund Schofield

Las Vegas, Nevada - March 15, 2015 Dr. Jack Lund Schofield, a lifelong educator and beloved community and state leader, died Saturday at the age of... Read more

Wed, 04 Mar 2015

DRI to host 2015 International Conference on the Future of Military Geosciences

11th Annual event to focus on global security, scientific capabilities and sustainability RENO – Military activities – past, present, and future – will always be strongly... Read more

Tue, 24 Feb 2015

DRI launches global initiative to provide women in developing countries with clean water

International collaboration to focus on Women, Water and Well-Being RENO – Imagine a day in which your access to clean, drinkable water ceased and you... Read more

Wed, 18 Feb 2015

DRI partnership with NV Energy and PepsiCo providing free, hands-on science education training for Nevada…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 18, 2015 LAS VEGAS - More than 90 local teachers from throughout Southern Nevada will gather at the Desert Research Institute's (DRI)... Read more

Fri, 30 Jan 2015

DRI names Chris Ipsen new Assistant Vice President for Information Technology/CIO

RENO - The Desert Research Institute has named Chris Ipsen as Assistant Vice President – Information Technology/Chief Information Officer (AVP-IT/CIO). “Chris will provide leadership, and strategic vision... Read more

Thu, 29 Jan 2015

DRI’s Fenstermaker named Project Director for Nevada’s NASA EPSCoR and Space Grant Programs

New research and S.T.E.M. opportunities to connect NSHE researchers with college and K-12 students  LAS VEGAS - Dr. Lynn Fenstermaker has been named Project Director for... Read more

Wed, 28 Jan 2015

DRI partnership with NV Energy and PepsiCo provides free, hands-on science training for educators

RENO - This Saturday, January 31, more than 80 local teachers from throughout Northern Nevada will gather at the Desert Research Institute's (DRI) Reno campus to... Read more

Thu, 08 Jan 2015

New research outlines global threat of smoldering peat fires

New research published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience, co-authored by Adam Watts, a fire ecologist at DRI and deputy director of DRI’s Climate... Read more

Fri, 05 Dec 2014

NSHE Board of Regents Approve DRI Research Foundation Board of Trustees

The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents approved the following appointments and election of officers to the DRI Foundation Board of Trustees: The Members... Read more

Wed, 12 Nov 2014

DRI ecologist challenges federal definition of wilderness in new book

Addressing the opportunity for wildereness experiences on military lands DRI ecologist challenges federal definition of wilderness in new book. The often untraveled landscapes of the nearly 450... Read more

Mon, 13 Oct 2014

DRI's top climatologist honored for lifetime of public outreach and advocacy

Kelly Redmond named AGU Tyndall History of Global Environmental Change Lecturer Kelly Redmond has dedicated his career to understanding the Earth’s climate and communicating that knowledge... Read more

Mon, 29 Sep 2014

NASA astrobiologist Chris McKay named as the 2015 DRI Nevada Medalist

Reno ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at the Peppermill Resort Spa CasinoLas Vegas ceremony scheduled for Thursday, April 30, 2015 at the Aria Resort... Read more

Mon, 29 Sep 2014

Nathan Allen Named as Executive Director to the Center of Excellence

For Immediate Release: September 29, 2014 The Board of Directors of the Nevada Center of Excellence, a Nevada Not for Profit Corporation, announced today that they... Read more

Tue, 23 Sep 2014

DRI expands Chinese partnership to address water pollution, management issues

New joint laboratory will facilitate training, build on nearly 10 years of international collaboration The Desert Research Institute (DRI) and the Nevada Center of Excellence today announced... Read more

Thu, 18 Sep 2014

DRI announces leadership for Applied Innovation Center

Smith and Speicher to lead Knowledge Fund driven program to foster research and development services Dr. Kimothy Smith Senior Director of the Applied Innovation Center for Advanced... Read more

Thu, 18 Sep 2014

GreenPower DRI installs micro-greens agriculture systems at Earl Wooster High School

Lab equipment upgrades made possible by 2013 DRI Nevada Medalist donation Students at Earl Wooster High School are starting the year off with new science lab... Read more

Fri, 05 Sep 2014

Statement from DRI President on Tesla Announcement

DRI Welcomes Tesla to Nevada The Desert Research Institute proudly welcomes Tesla Motors to Nevada and strongly supports Governor Brian Sandoval and Nevada’s Office of Economic... Read more

Fri, 05 Sep 2014

DRI names new Executive Director of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 5, 2014 Beverly A. Ramsey, Ph.D.RENO – Beverly Ausmus Ramsey, Ph.D. has been named the new Executive Director of the Desert Research... Read more

Tue, 02 Sep 2014

DRI names its first Fire Ecologist

For Immediate Release: September 9, 2014 Adam Watts focused on fire prediction and monitoring, including UAS applications  RENO – Adam Watts, Ph.D., has been named an Assistant... Read more

Tue, 26 Aug 2014

Climate change puts endangered Devils Hole pupfish at risk of extinction

DRI and UNR scientists report that climate change is hurting reproduction of the endangered Devils Hole pupfish, threatening the survival of this rare species. Read more

Wed, 13 Aug 2014

EnergySmart Education hosts Next Generation Science Standards workshop at Squaw Valley

For Immediate Release: August 13, 2014 RENO – Science teachers from across Nevada and Northern California gathered at Squaw Valley last week to take part in... Read more

Tue, 12 Aug 2014

Nevada scientists showcase critical research in Lake Tahoe's nearshore environment

As the annual Lake Tahoe Summit brings attention to the state of Lake Tahoe’s environment, researchers at the Desert Research Institute and the University of... Read more

Tue, 12 Aug 2014

National Science Foundation and USDA award major funding to DRI, UNR and USGS

A competitive grant totaling $3.8 million has been awarded to the University of Nevada, Reno and the Desert Research Institute, in partnership with the U.S... Read more

Tue, 05 Aug 2014

DRI launches "Fire Stories" wildfire behavior study

2013 Rim Fire photo courtesy of InciWeb Download the SenseMaker® App for your iPhone/iPad or AndroidUse Activity Code: EFB_IOS Get the iOS App from iTunes  Activity Code:... Read more

Mon, 28 Jul 2014

Proof that industrial lead pollution beat explorers to South Pole by 22 years and persists…

Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole in December of 1911. More than 100 years later, an international team... Read more

Thu, 03 Jul 2014

Rewriting the history of volcanic forcing during the past 2000 years

A team of scientists led by Michael Sigl and Joe McConnell of Nevada’s Desert Research Institute (DRI) have completed the most accurate and precise reconstruction... Read more

Tue, 01 Jul 2014

DRI longest-serving scientist wins lifetime achievement award

RENO – John Hallett, Ph.D, an atmospheric physicist and the Desert Research Institute’s longest-serving scientist, received the Losey Atmospheric Sciences Award earlier this month in... Read more

Wed, 18 Jun 2014

DRI and AWMA honor Reed High School teacher Leigh Metcalfe

RENO – In an ongoing effort to support STEM education leaders in Nevada, Drs. Judith Chow and John Watson, international air quality experts from Nevada’s... Read more

Fri, 13 Jun 2014

DRI celebrates academic, scientific achievement with Annual Convocation Ceremony

RENO / LAS VEGAS – On Thursday, June 12 the Desert Research Institute took time to celebrate the success of its faculty and students during... Read more

Fri, 13 Jun 2014

DRI welcomes Mark Bowers as new Director of Human Resources

RENO / LAS VEGAS – Mark Bowers has been named the new Director of Human Resources for Nevada’s Desert Research Institute. Bowers will be primarily responsible... Read more

Fri, 13 Jun 2014

DRI international research center to focus on water, sanitation, hygiene and environmental issues

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 16, 2014 RENO -  As part of an international initiative to expand and build on the Desert Research Institute’s (DRI) work in developing... Read more

Thu, 22 May 2014

DRI ice core data leads to new understanding of melting Greenland ice sheet

A new study utilizing ice-core data collected and analyzed by Nevada’s Desert Research Institute (DRI), finds that rising temperatures and ash from Northern Hemisphere forest... Read more

Wed, 21 May 2014

Microorganism adaptations, survival traits explained using linguistic analyses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21, 2014 New study theorizes ways to understand pathogens using statistics RENO – A study published this week in the online journal PLOS... Read more

Fri, 09 May 2014

Robert S. and Dorothy J. Keyser Foundation Increase the Reach of DRI GreenPower

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 9, 2014 Las Vegas / Reno -  Thanks to the generous  support of the Robert S. & Dorothy J. Keyser Foundation, DRI’s... Read more

Mon, 05 May 2014

Join us for DRI's Science Live!

DRI hosts Science in the Community night for the Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 29, 2014 Las Vegas: For the first time... Read more

Fri, 25 Apr 2014

New Trustees and Officers named to Dandini Research Park Board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 25, 2014 RENO - The Dandini Research Park, governed by DRI Research Parks, Ltd, a 501(c)3 corporation organized by the Nevada System... Read more

Thu, 17 Apr 2014

New Research on Earth’s carbon budget aided by DRI scientists

Results from a research project involving scientists from the Desert Research Institute have generated new findings surrounding some of the unknowns of changes in climate... Read more

Tue, 15 Apr 2014

Pat Mulroy to Join DRI and UNLV's Brookings Mountain West

Former SNWA leader will focus on water resource management and environmental issues through a faculty appointment at the Desert Research Institute Read more

Fri, 21 Mar 2014

White House Climate Data Initiative includes DRI partnership with Google

In a White House press release launching the President’s Climate Data Initiative this week DRI was mentioned as a stakeholder in the Administration’s commitment to increase partnerships on climate... Read more

Wed, 19 Mar 2014

Bacteria Get New Badge as Planet's Detoxifier

DRI scientists investigate the link between right-handed and left-handed amino acids FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 19, 2014 Las Vegas - A study published this week in PLOS... Read more

Fri, 14 Mar 2014

DRI scientist to host public lecture on Lake Tahoe’s aquatic nearshore environment on April 3rd

For Immediate Release: March 14, 2014 Dr. Alan HeyvaertRENO - For decades scientists have studied the health and clarity of the deep waters of Lake Tahoe... Read more

Fri, 07 Mar 2014

DRI Molecular Microbial Ecologist and Hydrologist Honored by Regents for Research Endeavors

DRI's Alison Murray named NSHE's top researcher and Justin Huntington recognized as one of three rising researchers. Read more... Read more

Wed, 05 Mar 2014

DRI scientist honored for unique role on new NASA data mission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 5, 2014 RENO – DRI research scientist Ian McCubbin was recently honored for his role in assisting NASA (National Aeronautics and Space... Read more

Mon, 03 Feb 2014

DRI Nevada Medal Celebration named as Official Nevada 150 Event

Governor Brian Sandoval to present annual award at evening events in Reno and Las Vegas  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 3, 2003 RENO – The Desert Research Institute... Read more

Wed, 22 Jan 2014

Switch SUPERNAP Named as Presenting Sponsor of DRI's 2014 Nevada Medal Event

DRI proudly announces Switch SUPERNAP as the presenting sponsor for the 2014 DRI Nevada Medal Event, set to take place in Reno on March 25... Read more

Tue, 14 Jan 2014

DRI scientists’ co-author study linking Arctic sea-ice dynamics to mercury and ozone depletion events

A new study published in Nature and co-authored by Drs. Chris Moore and Daniel Obrist of Nevada’s Desert Research Institute establishes, for the first time... Read more

Tue, 14 Jan 2014

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) research at DRI

Researchers at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) are exploring ways in which unmanned aircraft systems are increasingly being used in civilian government work as well... Read more

Thu, 02 Jan 2014

DRI Hosts Conference on Soil Research

Role of desert soils for climate change to groundwater contamination to be discussed FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 2, 2014 LAS VEGAS –Two dozen scientists from across the... Read more

Mon, 30 Dec 2013

Nevada Designated as UAS Test Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 30, 2013 Las Vegas: The face of aviation is changing across the United States. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that... Read more

Fri, 20 Dec 2013

New DRI project aimed at understanding Mercury Dynamics in the Arctic Tundra

A new collaborative research project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)and led by Daniel Obrist at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) will attempt to... Read more

Thu, 19 Dec 2013

Desert Research Institute Breaks One Megawatt Solar-Generation Barrier

New arrays on Reno and Las Vegas campuses producing nearly 20 percent of DRI's power FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 19, 2013 RENO - A new 498-kilowatt renewable... Read more

Wed, 18 Dec 2013

GreenPower Program receives LEEDership Award

U.S. Green Buildings Council recognizes DRI program for sustainable environmental education FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2013 (Las Vegas): The Nevada chapter of the U.S. Green Building... Read more

Mon, 16 Dec 2013

New Trustees Named to Desert Research Institute Foundation

For Immediate Release: December 16, 2013 LAS VEGAS – The Desert Research Institute has named two new trustees and welcomed back four previous board members. The... Read more

Fri, 13 Dec 2013

DRI partners with Michigan Tech, MIT and Boston University on $1.45 million study to address…

For Immediate Release: December 13, 2014 (RENO): Half of the people in Greenland have toxic levels of PCBs in their blood. A harmful cocktail of contaminants... Read more

Fri, 06 Dec 2013

DRI air quality experts’ present dust measurement and characterization workshop in Saudi Arabia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 6, 2013 Field work in the Arabian Desert...Last month, two DRI faculty members, Drs. Johann Engelbrecht and Vicken Etyemezian travelled to the... Read more

Fri, 22 Nov 2013

DRI Knowledge Fund Proposal Receives Support From Advisory Council

For Immediate Release: November 22, 2013 Innovation The Desert Research Institute’s proposal to create an Applied Innovation Center (AIC) for Advanced Analytics has received the first vote... Read more

Mon, 18 Nov 2013

DRI expands research and education opportunities in West Africa

Through a new partnership with the University for Development Studies and World Vision International, DRI will establish an innovative research and education center focused on... Read more

Thu, 07 Nov 2013

DRI’s GreenPower Program continues to grow

Revolutionary program offers educators hands-on environmental sustainability and climate education curriculum free of charge (Las Vegas):  With more than 100 registered GreenPower schools throughout the state... Read more

Tue, 22 Oct 2013

Scientists Present Lake Tahoe Nearshore Evaluation and Monitoring Framework

Joint report marks initial collaborative step between the science community and resource management agencies to develop a comprehensive approach for assessing and managing the nearshore... Read more

Tue, 22 Oct 2013

DRI researchers awarded prestigious Benjamin Y.H. Liu Award from the AAAR

FOR IMMEDATE RELEASE: October 18, 2013 DRI researchers awarded prestigious Benjamin Y.H. Liu Award from the AAAR At its recent annual meeting the American Association for Aerosol... Read more

Tue, 22 Oct 2013

DRI joins Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval at WATEC conference as part of Trade Mission to…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 20013 DRI joins Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval at WATEC conference as part of Trade Mission to Israel TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – As he... Read more

Thu, 17 Oct 2013

A new look at air pollution sources and atmosphere-warming particles in South Asia

New research from DRI provides first thorough analysis of emissions from outdoor cremation rituals in India and Nepal. Read more

Wed, 02 Oct 2013

Bureau of Mines and Geology hosts Earth Science Week Field Trip October 12 and 13

Bureau of Mines and Geology hosts Earth Science Week Field Trip October 12 and 13 Participants can take part in earth science discovery hike to collect... Read more

Wed, 02 Oct 2013

DRI Open House to Feature Latest Solar Technology

Join DRI’s renewable energy experts and our community partners for a Solar Celebration on Saturday, October 5th showcasing DRI’s Renewable Energy Deployment and Display (REDD)... Read more

Fri, 20 Sep 2013

Nevada Receives Research Infrastructure Improvement Award from the National Science Foundation

To develop cyber-enabled instructional methods based on video game practices to transform Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2013 Las Vegas... Read more

Wed, 18 Sep 2013

DRI Green Boxes return to Nevada classrooms

Revitalized program offers educators environmental sustainability and climate education kits FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 18, 2013 (Reno/Las Vegas):Green Box - Electrical SystemsNearly two decades after its origin... Read more

Wed, 11 Sep 2013

A century of human impact on Arctic climate indicated by new models and historic…

New study authored by Canadian and American investigators and published in Nature Scientific Reports indicates that both anthropogenic and natural factors account for Arctic surface... Read more

Fri, 16 Aug 2013

Nevada researchers collaborate to preserve Lake Tahoe

From Tahoe's mountaintops to the lake's sandy bottom, scientists from the Desert Research Institute and the University of Nevada, Reno continue to study and find... Read more

Fri, 16 Aug 2013

DRI’s GreenPower hosts free, hands-on summer teacher training

Four-day workshop focused on energy efficiency for classrooms and homes For Immediate Release: August 16, 2013 (RENO/LAS VEGAS) – Teacher Training in RenoIn July the Nevada EnergyWise... Read more

Fri, 16 Aug 2013

New ice core data helps explain Antarctica's last deglaciation

New, annually resolved ice-core measurements collected from West Antarctica and  partially developed by researchers at Nevada’s Desert Research Institute show warming in Antarctica began approximately... Read more

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