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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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DRI News and Press Releases

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Fri, 12 Feb 2016

The New Normal – Nevada scientists and American Indian tribal members talk climate change realities…

Water for the Seasons and Native Waters on Arid Lands projects highlighted   RENO – Despite an above average snowpack and several months of wet... Read more

Fri, 15 Jan 2016

DRI maintains top tier ranking in latest National Science Foundation survey

RENO\LAS VEGAS – Despite a nationwide trend in declining federal research support, Nevada’s Desert Research Institute (DRI) has maintained its top tier status in the... Read more

Thu, 14 Jan 2016

DRI, Drone America, and AviSight launch new UAS collaboration

Research and development to focus on reducing risk, increasing efficiency of airborne cloud-seeding RENO - A new industry-academic research partnership will bring together Nevada's top atmospheric... Read more

Fri, 04 Dec 2015

Dandini Research Park Board welcomes three new Trustees and appoints new Chair

RENO - The Dandini Research Park, governed by DRI Research Parks, Ltd, a 501(c)3 corporation organized by the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and managed... Read more

Fri, 04 Dec 2015

DRI Foundation Board welcomes six new Trustees

RENO/LAS VEGAS - The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents today approved the following appointments to the DRI Foundation Board of Trustees.  “We are proud to welcome... Read more

Mon, 30 Nov 2015

Dairy effluent modeled as viable feedstock for renewable diesel

DRI energy research team apply conceptual model to illustrate higher biofuel yield RENO - Production of fuels and chemicals from sustainable biomass feedstocks is crucial in... Read more

Fri, 20 Nov 2015

DRI signs the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge

DRI Vice President for Research Dr. Alan Gertler has signed the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge, joining more than 200 university and college campuses... Read more

Tue, 17 Nov 2015

DRI adds numerical analytics expert to Applied Innovation Center team

Former SAS Institute R&D Director attracted to Nevada via Knowledge Fund portfolio RENO - In its ongoing effort to aid and improve the new, knowledge-based economy... Read more

Mon, 09 Nov 2015

Switch SUPERNAP returns as Presenting Sponsor of 2016 DRI Nevada Medal Award

Reno and Las Vegas events to honor Duke University Professor and former U.S. Navy Fighter Pilot Dr. Mary Cummings Las Vegas & Reno – Continuing its... Read more

Mon, 12 Oct 2015

DRI Applied Innovation Center attracts Silicon Valley tech-industry expert to Nevada

Knowledge Fund dollars critical to Institute's applied research efforts with industry RENO – DRI’s Applied Innovation Center proudly announces the addition of Dr. Ming Liu as... Read more

Thu, 01 Oct 2015

DRI to present Institute's impact on STEM Education in Nevada and beyond at NSHE Diversity…

Nevada State College hosts 4th Southern Nevada Diversity Summit LAS VEGAS, Nev. – DRI's education and outreach staff will present the Institute's impact on STEM (Science... Read more

Wed, 23 Sep 2015

Nevada’s DRI Sustainable Water Initiative Highlighted within Mediaplanet’s “Global Water Crisis” Campaign

Today, Mediaplanet's most recent campaign "Global Water Crisis" hits newsstands within select markets of USA Today. The campaign features those paving the way to making... Read more

Mon, 21 Sep 2015

DRI Research Team Unveils Weather Intelligence Platform at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco

RENO – As Nevada and California endure a fourth year of unprecedented drought and this year’s Sierra Nevada snowpack is verified as a 500-year low... Read more

Wed, 16 Sep 2015

DRI Applied Innovation Center Data and Climate Team to Exhibit at TechCrunch Disrupt in San…

Event Dates: September 21-23, 2015 RENO: Data scientists and climate experts from DRI’s Applied Innovation Center (AIC) today announced that they will be exhibiting at TechCrunch... Read more

Fri, 11 Sep 2015

DRI Awarded Prime Seaport-e Contract

Nevada-based research faculty to provide technical, engineering, and program support services to the Naval Sea Systems Command RENO – The Desert Research Institute (DRI), which serves... Read more

Thu, 03 Sep 2015

29th Annual DRI Nevada Medal to honor Duke University Professor and Former U.S. Navy Fighter…

Reno ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Las Vegas ceremony scheduled for Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the Aria... Read more

Wed, 26 Aug 2015

DRI Model 2015 Carbon Analyzer added to Magee Scientific's International Product Line

Instrument innovations will allow scientists to quantify Black and Brown Carbon aerosol emissions RENO - The Desert Research Institute (DRI) announced today that it has entered... Read more

Wed, 05 Aug 2015

Improving wildfire management and safety with unmanned aircraft systems

DRI receives funding to begin research with NASA and Drone America RENO - Annual federal spending to fight wildland fires averaged over $3.3 billion during the... Read more

Tue, 21 Jul 2015

DRI and NvCOE representatives join Governor on Trade Mission to Europe

DUBLIN, IRELAND – Governor Brian Sandoval and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) this week began the first part of the two-week European trade... Read more

Wed, 08 Jul 2015

Volcanic eruptions that changed human history

Researchers find new evidence that large eruptions were responsible for cold temperature extremes recorded since early Roman times RENO - It is well known that large... Read more

Fri, 19 Jun 2015

DRI supports Nevada Senator Harry Reid's Co-Sponsorship Of POWER Act

Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today announcing his co-sponsorship of the Power Efficiency and Resiliency (POWER) Act. The POWER... Read more

Tue, 16 Jun 2015

DRI's Alan Gertler to present at July 7 Hayek Group Dinner & Networking Event

The Hayek Group will host Dr. Alan Gertler, DRI's Vice President for Research and Chief Science Officer at their July 7th Group Dinner Meeting.  Lecture Topic:... Read more

Mon, 15 Jun 2015

Exploring Solar Energy's Potential and the Cost of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

New DRI research emphasis on solar PV system life cycle assessments RENO - A new face and a new research focus are expanding the capabilities and... Read more

Fri, 05 Jun 2015

DRI Convocation celebrates scientific, academic achievement and honors graduate student research

DRI President’s Medal awarded to longtime DRI Foundation Trustee Mike Benjamin RENO/LAS VEGAS – On Thursday, June 4 more than 100 people gathered at the Reno... Read more

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

DRI Media Advisories

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Mon, 25 Jan 2016

Media invited to attend local STEAM Education Event

RENO – Teachers from throughout Northern Nevada will gather on January 30th at the Nevada Museum of Art to explore and discuss innovative methods to... Read more

Thu, 01 Oct 2015

DRI to host "No Greater Odds" documentary film premiere

New Documentary Highlights Unique Needs of Community College Students Media invited to watch film Oct. 1, prior to the Nevada System of Higher Education Southern Nevada... Read more

Fri, 31 Jul 2015

Ghana university officials to visit DRI to renew teaching and research partnership

Media invited to engage with visiting University for Development Studies leadership RENO – Media are invited to attend a special event at the Desert Research Institute... Read more

Thu, 04 Jun 2015

Media Advisory: DRI to celebrate academic, scientific achievement at June 4th Convocation Ceremony

RENO: Media are invited to attend DRI's Annual Convocation Ceremony on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at DRI's campus in Reno. Awards will be presented to... Read more

Thu, 14 May 2015

Media Advisory: DRI co-hosts Get On Board! Sustainability & Recycling Tour Teacher Training

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 14, 2015 Media Advisory: DRI co-hosts Get On Board! Sustainability & Recycling Tour Teacher Training Las Vegas: Get On Board! Sustainability & Recycling Tour... Read more

Wed, 04 Apr 2012

Media Advisory: DRI Nevada Medal Recipient Dr. Steven Squyres to Skype with Elementary Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 4, 2012 Reporters and Editors, Please Note WHO: Steven Squyres, Ph.D., this year’s recipient of the Desert Research Institute Nevada Medal. WHAT:  As a... Read more

Tue, 03 Apr 2007

Media Advisory: Volunteer weather observers needed for new Nevada Rain, Hail & Snow Network

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 3, 2007 Reporters and Editors, Please Note WHO: Anyone with an interest in and enthusiasm for watching and reporting weather conditions and a... Read more

Thu, 22 Mar 2007

Media Advisory: Smart Living Expo FREE Lecture Series: Panel of architects to speak Desert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2007 Reporters and Editors, Please Note WHO: Sponsors of the Smart Living Expo WHAT: Announce a panel discussion called "The Multitude... Read more

Wed, 21 Mar 2007

Media Advisory: NASA Scientists and Teachers to Study Mars in the Mojave Desert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELESE: March 21, 2007 Reporters and Editors, Please Note Media Day - Wednesday, March 28 WHO: The Mojave Desert Expedition, part of... Read more

Thu, 08 Feb 2007

Media Advisory: Ely adds green power to David E. Norman Elementary School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 8, 2007 Reporters and Editors, Please Note WHO: Desert Research Institute and Sierra Pacific Resources WHAT: Unveil new GreenPower solar... Read more

Sun, 11 Jun 2006

Media Advisory: Lamping Elementary School adds green power to new science building

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jun. 11, 2006 Reporters and Editors, Please Note WHO: Desert Research Institute and... Read more

Mon, 22 May 2006

Media Advisory: DRI hosts Nevada Wildland Fire Research and Outreach Conference Symposium is part of…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May. 22, 2006 WHO:Interested media, the general public who register WHAT: Invited to... Read more

Tue, 04 Oct 2005

Media Advisory: DRI hosts Truckee River Symposium to evaluate policy and science

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 4, 2005 Reporters and Editors, Please Note WHO: Desert Research Institute, the Nevada Water Resources Association and the Nevada Water... Read more

Mon, 03 Oct 2005

Media Advisory: Sandy Miller Academy unveils new GreenPower installation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 3, 2005 Reporters and Editors, Please Note WHO: Desert Research Institute and Nevada Power Co. WHAT:... Read more

Fri, 12 Aug 2005

Media Advisory: DRI hosts Nevada premier of water crisis documentary "Running Dry"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 12, 2005 Reporters and Editors, Please Note WHO: Desert Research Institute in cooperation with Producer/Director Jim Thebaut and... Read more

Tue, 09 Aug 2005

Media Advisory: DRI scientists deploy new tethered helium balloons to aid probe of Las Vegas…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 9, 2005 Reporters and Editors, Please Note WHO: Desert Research Institute and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ... Read more

Sun, 10 Jul 2005

DRI Media Advisory: DRI hosts Chinese for workshop on desert environments and desertification

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jul. 10, 2005 Reporters and Editors, Please Note WHO: Desert Research Institute and the Cold and Arid Regions Environmental Science and Engineering Research... Read more

Thu, 12 May 2005

Media Advisory: Science on the Green

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2005 Reporters and Editors, Please Note WHO: DRI scientists WHAT: Researching natural contributors to air pollution WHERE: Angel Park Golf... Read more

Tue, 03 May 2005

Media Advisory: Tule Springs/Shadow Ridge High School Geoscience Summit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 3, 2005 Reporters and Editors, Please Note Who: Shadow Ridge H.S., DRI, UNLV, Nevada Power, National Science Foundation... Read more

Fri, 25 Feb 2005

Media Advisory: DRI helps launch massive air pollution study to preserve China's Terra-Cotta Warriors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 25, 2005 Reporters and Editors, Please Note WHO: Desert Research Institute; Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy... Read more

Thu, 17 Feb 2005

Media Advisory: GreenPower solar and wind site unveiled at Carson Middle School in Carson City

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 17, 2005 Reporters and Editors Please Note WHO: Desert Research Institute and Sierra Pacific Power Co. WHAT: Unveil new... Read more

Wed, 16 Feb 2005

Media Advisory: Assessing technology for measuring road dust

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 16-17, 2005 Reporters and Editors Please Note WHO: DRI, UC Riverside and Clark County Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management. WHAT:... Read more

Thu, 20 Jan 2005

Media Advisory: DRI Scientists Use New Dome Tent to Make Landmark Discoveries at the Nevada…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 20, 2005 Reporters and Editors, please note this unique story opportunity at the Nevada Test Site: WHO: Desert Research Institute... Read more

Thu, 09 Dec 2004

Media Advisory: Young geologists at Tule Springs "Big Dig"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 9, 2004 Reporters and Editors, Please Note: WHO: Shadow Ridge-Tule Springs Geoscience Education Project WHAT: Archaeological dig, sediment mapping field trip as part of... Read more

Mon, 06 Dec 2004

Media Advisory: Unveil new GreenPower solar electric installation at French Ford Middle School in Winnemucca…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 6, 2004 Reporters and Editors, Please Note: WHO: Desert Research Institute and Sierra Pacific Power Company WHAT: Unveil new GreenPower solar electric installation at... Read more

Wed, 03 Nov 2004

Media Advisory: MESA Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 3, 2004 Reporters and Editors, Please Note: Who: DRI hosts MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) event What: Viva Technology Day, sponsored by U.S. Department... Read more

Mon, 25 Oct 2004

Media Advisory: GreenPower solar and wind site unveiled at Mendive Middle School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 25, 2004 Reporters and Editors, Please Note: WHO: Desert Research Institute and Sierra Pacific Power Company WHAT: Unveil new GreenPower solar electric installation at... Read more

Thu, 21 Oct 2004

Media Advisory: DRI Performs First Cloudseeding of the Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 21, 2004 Reporters and Editors, Please Note: WHO: Desert Research Institute WHAT:Performed first cloudseeding of the season WHERE: Three ground generators in the Lake Tahoe... Read more

Wed, 20 Oct 2004

Media Advisory: DRI Unveils Visualization Lab

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 20, 2004 Reporters and Editors, Please Note: WHO: Desert Research Institute WHAT: Unveils ACES VisLab, a state-of-the-art scientific visualization laboratory WHERE: DRI's Northern Nevada... Read more

Wed, 11 Aug 2004

Media Advisory: DRI hosts Russian, Mongolian history-making delegation as part of Tahoe-Baikal Institute workshop

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 11, 2004 Reporters and Editors, Please Note: WHO: DRI in cooperation with the Tahoe-Baikal Institute WHEN: 4-5... Read more

Wed, 04 Aug 2004

Media Advisory: Sen. John Ensign to visit DRI's Reno campus Friday, August 6

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 4, 2004 Reporters and Editors, Please Note: WHO: U.S. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev. WHEN: 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Friday, August 6 WHERE: DRI's Northern... Read more

Wed, 26 May 2004

Media Advisory: DRI and Australia collaborate on desert solutions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 26, 2004 Reporters and Editors, Please Note: WHO: Members of Desert Knowledge Australia and Desert Research Institute WHAT:Signing a Memorandum of Understanding... Read more

Wed, 28 Apr 2004

Media Advisory: DRI, Sierra Pacific Power Company and the Washoe County School District will unveil…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Apr. 28, 2004 WHAT: Unveiling of GreenPower solar and wind power demonstration generating site WHO: DRI, the DRI Research Foundation, Sierra Pacific... Read more

Mon, 12 Apr 2004

Media Advisory: Congressman Gibbons visits DRI's Reno Campus Friday, April 16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Apr. 12, 2004 Reporters and Editors, Please Note: WHO: Congressman Jim Gibbons, R-Nev, 2nd Congressional District WHEN: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Friday, April 16 WHERE:... Read more

Fri, 24 Oct 2003

Media Advisory: Meteorology of the Sierra Nevada theme of November 6 Weather Forecasting Workshop in…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 24, 2003 Reporters, Weather Anchors, Forecasters, and News Editors, Please Note: Winter is coming! Tenth Annual Workshop on Weather Prediction in the... Read more

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