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NWLDW 2024

New World Luminescence Dating Workshop

We are excited to host the New World Luminescence Dating Workshop (NWLDW) June 11-14, 2024 at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Reno, NV!

Luminescence dating includes a group of established and rapidly emerging trapped charge dating techniques that are routinely used to constrain the timing of climate change, tectonics, sea level change, topographic change, natural hazards, human history and evolution, and human-environment interactions. NWDLW is a biannual workshop that features posters and presentations from students and researchers that develop and apply luminescence dating techniques in the Earth Sciences and Archaeology. This workshop serves as a forum for luminescence practitioners to share their findings with the broader scientific community, and provides a friendly, inclusive venue for students to meet and interact with experts in the field.

Stay tuned for updates on this website as well as on our twitter page @DRILuminescence.

Registration is open for NWLDW2024!

Abstract Submission Deadline: April 12th, 2024




Desert Research Institute
Northern Nevada Science Center
2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512



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DRI Northern Nevada Science Center

2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512

DRI Reno Campus with flags flying out front.

Stout Conference Room & DRILL Lab


Conference Fees (USD)

Professional: $100 
Student Presenter: $0
Student Non-Presenter: $50

Conference fees cover refreshments throughout the conference, lunches, happy hour refreshments, and printed program materials.

Conference Dinner (USD)

Professional: $50
Student Presenter: $0
Student Non-Presenter: $30

Conference dinner fees cover a three-course dinner and two drinks at Wild River Grille in downtown Reno.

Field Trip (USD)
(max 30 participants)

Professional: $60
Student Presenter: $30
Student Non-Presenter: $30

Field trip fees cover transportation from DRI to Tahoe City, lunch and snacks, and field trip materials.  View Field Trip section for more information.



Reno-Tahoe International Airport
12 Minutes from DRI

Reno Accommodations

Hotels (Gaming and Non-Gaming)

Reno Entertainment

Visit Midtown for food and gaming
13 Minutes from DRI

Field Trip Accommodations

Granlibakken (Recommended)
All Hotels (Lake Tahoe area)




Ice Breaker
@ The Eddy
5 pm


  • Welcome
  • Luminescence/ Dose Rate Technical Talks & Keynote
  • Poster Pop-ups and Refreshments
  • Luminescence Applications in Geomorphology Talks & Keynote
  • Poster Pop-ups and Refreshments
  • Luminescence Community Building Discussion (New World Regional SLED)
  • Instructions for Field Trip
  • Field Trip (from Tahoe City to Reno, NV)


  • Luminescence/Dose Rate Technical Talks & Keynote
  • Poster Pop-ups and Refreshments
  • Lab Tours
  • Luminescence Applications in Archaeology Talks & Keynote
  • Poster Pop-ups and Refreshments
  • Field Trip Depart for Tahoe City, CA


  • Field Trip continues (arrive in Reno by 6 pm)


  • Conference Dinner
  • Pitches for NWDLW2025 Host
  • Meeting Close
  • Departures


During the Pleistocene ice ages, the high mountains of the Sierra Nevada were occupied by glaciers and dozens of closed basins were filled with pluvial lakes in the Great Basin. Pyramid Lake, ~40 miles NE of Reno, is a remnant of Lake Lahontan, a large endorheic Pleistocene lake that extended into northeastern California and southern Oregon at its peak ~16,000 years ago. The Quaternary history of the Great Basin and neighboring Sierra Nevada is recorded by alpine moraines, river terraces, ancient shorelines as well as ancient lake and flood deposits. The Truckee River, which flows from its headwaters at Lake Tahoe to its terminal basin of Pyramid Lake, follows the path of ancient glacial outburst floods that occurred when Lake Tahoe rose and breached ice dams during the ice ages. Over the last ~350,000 years or more, the Truckee River has incised into its bed in response to uplift of the Sierra Nevada, leaving a system of terraces preserving evidence of these ancient lakes and floods.

The NWDLW 2024 Field trip will bring participants from Reno, NV to Tahoe City, CA the afternoon of Thursday, June 13th. The trip will begin the morning of Friday, June 14th in Tahoe City, where we will visit stops along the Truckee River back to Reno to showcase the geology and Quarternary history of Sierra Nevada and Great Basin in this region.

NOTE: Field trip fees cover transportation from DRI to Tahoe City, lunch and snacks, and field trip materials. Note that field trip participants are required to arrange and pay for their hotel accommodations in Tahoe City, California. Transportation will be provided from DRI to Granlibakken Tahoe Lodge in Tahoe City, California and the field trip will depart from Granlibakken on Friday morning. We recommend lodging at Granlibakken but there are several lodging accommodations available nearby in Tahoe City.

Photo of researchers around a rock formations in Great Basin region.


Abstracts are due by April 12, 2024. Please use the abstract template to format your abstract and upload the file below.


Tallest Climbing Wall in the World

BaseCamp, in downtown Reno, is home to the tallest rock climbing wall on the planet (coming in at 164 feet). This amazing rock climbing wall allows visitors to scale the side of Whitney Peak Hotel for unparalleled views of the downtown area, including the iconic Reno Arch.

National Bowling Stadium

Fans of “Kingpin” will recognize this massive Reno landmark. The nearly 400,000-square-foot bowling center was the backdrop for some of the movie’s iconic scenes. The five-story structure has almost 80 gorgeous lanes for you to play.

Birthplace of Blue Jeans

In late December 1870, the wife of a laborer asked Davis to make a sturdy pair of pants for her husband. Using the duck cloth, Davis added copper rivets to the seams for added strength. As word of the new creation spread, Davis was overwhelmed with orders for his sturdy pants. Realizing that he needed a business partner, he approached his supplier, Levi Strauss. – RenoHistorical.org

Seismic Activity

There are thousands of earthquakes annually, although only a couple hundred of these small earthquakes can be felt if you’re paying close attention. It remains unclear if these small tremors are ever responsible for shifting anyone’s luck in the casinos.

Casino Party

Reno has over 20 casinos within the metro area. Discover what Reno has to offer!