Contact Us


DRI Reno campus


Northern Nevada Science Center
2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512

Phone: 775.673.7300

Map of parking and entrances (PDF)
Map of conference rooms (PDF)

DRI Las Vegas campus


Southern Nevada Science Center
755 East Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119

Phone: 702.862.5400

Map of parking and entrances (PDF)

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1500 Buchanan Blvd.
Boulder City, NV 89005

Phone: 702.293.7499
Fax: 702.293.7359

DRI's Stead Research Facility


5275 Alpha Avenue
Stead Airport, Reno, NV 89506

Phone: 775.677.3286
Fax: 775.677.3301


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If you have a general question about DRI or need to reach a laboratory or a faculty member, please use the form below to contact DRI.


Public Record Requests

DRI’s Office of External Affairs is responsible for responding to requests made under the Nevada Public Records Act (N.R.S. 239 et seq). To submit a request, please use click below.

NSHE (Nevada System of Higher Education) Procedures and Guidelines Manual – NSHE Fees for Public Records Request.

Frequently Asked Questions about DRI

Desert Research Institute. So do you just study the desert?

We do study desert environments, but our research encompasses so much more! DRI was founded by an act of the Nevada State Legislature in 1959 to study Nevada’s arid lands, but DRI’s research has evolved greatly since then. Today, DRI scientists work across three research divisions on all seven continents, conducting projects on everything from the effect of wildfire smoke on air quality to ancient climate changes traceable in Arctic ice, and just about everything in between.

How is DRI funded?

DRI receives about 15% of its funding from the State of Nevada, which supports campus operations and maintenance. Otherwise, DRI is a soft-money institution, and research projects are funded by grants and contracts that faculty apply for. The majority of DRI’s grants and contracts come from federal agencies.

How many people work at DRI?

Over 400 faculty, students, and staff work at DRI. Over 100 of our faculty are PhDs, and their expertise covers over 40 scientific disciplines.

How can I apply for a job at DRI?

Visit our Careers webpage for more current openings, and follow us on LinkedIn for job announcements.

Is DRI part of the University of Nevada, Reno or University of Nevada, Las Vegas

DRI is an independent organization, one of eight in the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). We are a non-degree granting institution focused exclusively on conducting environmental research, but undergraduate and graduate students from other NSHE institutions, like the Universities of Nevada, Reno and Las Vegas, work in our labs and can be advised by our researchers while completing their degrees elsewhere.

How can I support the work DRI does?
DRI research is not possible without the financial support of private donors. Visit our Donate page to learn more about how to make a gift and support the science that matters to you!
Does DRI give tours to the public?

DRI is a closed research campus and does not offer public tours. Sign up for the DRI Bulletin to get monthly updates about the DRI news and events throughout the year.