About CIWAS

Center for International Water and Sustainability About the Center for International Water and Sustainability DRI’s Center for International Water and Sustainability (CIWAS) was founded in 2013 to support and expand on DRI’s...

About

About Over 60 years of Scientific Discovery, Education and Innovation The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is a recognized world leader in basic and applied environmental research. Committed to scientific excellence and...

High Performance Computational Services (HPCS)

High Performance Computational Services (HPCS) High Performance Computational Services (HPCS) DRI’s High Perfomance Computational Services (HPCS) team offers cost effective, responsive, adaptable, and technologically...

DRI’s History

DRI’s History A 60-year history of impact and innovation across Nevada and around the world. In 1959, the Nevada State Legislature passed NRS396.7951, creating a division of the University of Nevada specifically devoted to...

Libraries

DRI RESEARCH LIBRARIES Welcome to the DRI Libraries The libraries are research libraries whose collections and services are developed and maintained for the support of the DRI scientific community. The libraries are open to...

Projects

Soil Characterization and Quaternary Pedology Laboratory Lab Projects Desert soils are characterized by unique spatial and vertical distribution of properties (e.g. texture, soluble salts, organic matter, surface cover) that are...

Partner With Us

Partner With Us Why Partner With DRI? Z Over 60 years of Scientific Discovery, Education and Innovation DRI is a recognized world leader in basic and applied environmental research. Z We're working to solve our most...

Cultural Resource Management

Cultural Resource Management About Cultural Resource Management at DRI Since 1969, Desert Research Institute (DRI) anthropologists and archaeologists have worked to understand how culture and environmental conditions impact...

Analysis Services

Organic Analytical Laboratory Analysis Services Utilizing the skills, knowledge, and experience of the Laboratory’s scientific, technical, and engineering staff, custom research and quality assurance programs can be developed to...

Homepage

Scientific research & solutions for a changing planet. Explore the latest science at DRI Coronavirus (COVID-19) Campus Updates Access to DRI’s research campuses remains limited to essential research functions only. Face...

OAL Research Projects

Organic Analytical Laboratory Research Projects The following selected on-going and recent OAL projects show examples of the type of work we have performed over the years. Display: none Your content goes here. Edit or remove...

What is your COVID-19 story?

Announcements
News releases
April 13, 2020
New study collecting human experiences emerging from the global pandemic Reno, Nev: (Tuesday, March 31, 2020) – As the number of people and communities impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to grow by the hour,...

DRI Internal Award Winners 2019

Awards and Honors
Blog
September 24, 2019
At our annual Celebration of Science event in September 2019, we recognized our incredible DRI family. In addition to honoring faculty and staff celebrating service milestones with the Institute, we also presented internal...

Education and Workforce Development

Education and Workforce Development Education and Workforce Development at DRI The mission of DRI’s Office of Education is to foster scientific and engineering talent and literacy through education and workforce...

Research Divisions

Research Divisions Working to solve our most challenging environmental problems DRI’s research calls on the expertise and methods of scientists from multiple scientific disciplines. More than 400 highly-skilled scientists,...

Saving the Desert’s Upper Crust

News releases
Research findings
February 1, 2018
To a casual observer, desert lands may appear a barren vista of sand and soil, sparsely dotted with shrubbery and cacti but, in reality, they are lush with microscopic plants: lichens, mosses, and cyanobacteria. There isn’t an...

Our Partners

Partnerships & Sponsors Scientists, students, and staff at the Desert Research Institute work for and in collaboration with local, regional, national, and international agencies, organizations, foundations, universities and...

Hydrologic Sciences

Hydrologic Sciences Hydrologic Sciences The Division of Hydrologic Sciences (DHS) is one of three scientific research divisions within DRI. Since its inception in 1960, DHS faculty have built a solid reputation for delivering...

DOE/NNSA Technical Research, Engineering, and Development

DOE/NNSA Technical Research, Engineering, and Development Technical Research, Engineering, and Development Services (TREDS) for the DOE/NNSA DRI’s contract with the Department of Energy (DOE) is one of the Institute’s largest...

News & Announcements

News & Announcements Working to solve our most challenging environmental problems DRI’s research calls on the expertise and methods of scientists from multiple scientific disciplines. More than 400 highly-skilled...

DRI Foundation

DRI Foundation DRI Foundation Innovation Research Program 2021 DRI Nevada Medal Ways to Donate About the DRI Foundation The DRI Foundation was formed in 1982 and is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. The Foundation Board...

Integrated Terrain Analysis Program

Integrated Terrain Analysis Program Program Description The highly variable nature of terrain (e.g. topography, ground/vegetation cover, soil type) can greatly impact global military operations. Mission success, including...

Water Analysis Laboratory

Water Analysis Laboratory Lab Description DRI’s Water Analysis Laboratory was established to provide reliable, high-quality chemical analysis for environmental water samples. The laboratory has over 30 years of experience...

Meet Gai Elhanan, M.D.

Blog
Featured researchers
June 4, 2020
Gai Elhanan, M.D., is a health data scientist with the Division of Earth and Ecosystems Sciences at the Desert Research Institute in Reno. He specializes in health care informatics, and is a physician with more than 12 years of...

EEL Projects

Environmental Engineering Laboratory Current Projects To learn more about our ongoing projects, please explore the project list below (click a title to expand). display: none Your content goes here. Edit or remove this text...