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Research Administration

Vic Etyemezian, Ph.D
Interim Vice President for Research
(775) 673-7327

Media Inquiries

Tracy Bower,
Director of External Affairs
(702) 862-5404

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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.

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Research Campus Locations

2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512

Las Vegas
755 East Flamingo
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Campus Phone Numbers

Reno: (775) 673-7300
Las Vegas: (702) 862-5400
President’s Office (775) 673-7312
Office of Education: (775) 673-7433

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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.

Northern Nevada Science Center (Reno, NV)

2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512
(775) 673-7300


Southern Nevada Science Center (Las Vegas, NV)

755 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 862-5400


Boulder City Research Facility

1500 Buchanan Blvd.
Boulder City, NV 89005

Main: (702) 293-7499
Fax: (702) 293-7359

Stead Research Facility

5276 Texas Avenue

Stead Airport, Reno, NV 89506

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 four 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. However, we host annual open houses on both our Reno and Las Vegas campuses that feature lab tours, hands-on science activities for the whole family, food trucks, and lots more. Sign up for the DRI Bulletin to get monthly updates about the open houses and other events DRI holds throughout the year.