Behind the Science Blog

DRI’s “Behind the Science” blog featuring our people and projects 

Read the stories below to learn more about the amazing people and projects happening at DRI.

Meet DRI Atmospheric Modeler, John Mejia

Meet DRI Atmospheric Modeler, John Mejia

John Mejia, Ph.D., is an associate research professor of Atmospheric Modeling at DRI. He was recently awarded a Mid-Career Advancement Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his research on climate change impacts to urban communities, including urban heat islands and air pollution.

DRI Scientists Launch Nevada Orchid Project

DRI Scientists Launch Nevada Orchid Project

DRI scientists are starting the first ever effort dedicated to studying and conserving Nevada’s orchids. Many people know orchids as flashy, delicate flowers raised in lush greenhouses, but orchids also thrive in the sparse wetlands sprinkled around Nevada’s arid landscape. In fact, lovers of the state’s orchids like to tout one impressive statistic: Nevada has no less than 14 species of native orchids, in contrast with Hawaii’s mere three.

Meet Ariel Choinard, Project Coordinator for CNAP & Southern Nevada Heat Resiliency Lab  

Meet Ariel Choinard, Project Coordinator for CNAP & Southern Nevada Heat Resiliency Lab  

Ariel Choinard, M.A., started at DRI in February 2023 as the project coordinator for the California-Nevada Adaptation Program (CNAP) and the new Southern Nevada Heat Resiliency Lab. She is working with Tamara Wall, Ph.D., to build connections between scientists, community members, and community organizations to co-produce solutions, adaptations, and resilience to climate hazards.

Meet Sayantan (Monty) Majumdar, Ph.D. 

Meet Sayantan (Monty) Majumdar, Ph.D. 

Sayantan Majumdar, Ph.D., joined DRI in June 2023 as an assistant research professor of hydrologic sciences and remote sensing. Majumdar, who also goes by the name “Monty,” also specializes in machine learning, geospatial data science, and scientific software development.