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Science of Place: DRI researchers and teachers develop localized science lessons for Native American classrooms

  • Category: Featured Projects

2019 NWAL1 sqClimate change, in the abstract, can be a difficult phenomenon to comprehend – but on the ground, youth from Native American reservations in Arizona are already experiencing everyday impacts in the form of droughts and warming temperatures.

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DRI Internal Award Winners 2019

  • Category: Awards and Honors

IMG 5596At 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 awards to some of our outstanding faculty and staff.

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Meet Rosemary Carroll, Ph.D.

  • Category: Featured Researchers

Rosemary Carroll stream gauge squareRosemary Carroll, Ph.D, is an associate research professor in DRI’s Division of Hydrologic Sciences. She has been a member of the DRI community since 2000 when she was hired as a research hydrologist. Rosemary works remotely from Crested Butte, Colorado, where she studies mountain hydrology. 

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Evaluation of Antibiotic Resistance Genes (ARGs) in the Urban Wetland Ecosystem: Las Vegas Wash

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DSC01435Antibiotic resistance is an increasing environmental and public health concern as more antibiotics enter urban waterways and treated wastewater is increasingly used to supplement limited water resources. A team of DRI researchers is beginning to investigate this issue in the Las Vegas Wash.

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Into the Plume: Advancing Fire Science Using Drone Technology

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SQUARE Researchers and drone at FASMEE June 2019 Credit Dave VuonoThis June, five DRI researchers went on a unique kind of camping trip. They and nearly 35 other scientists spent several days and nights in a remote area of central Utah’s Fishlake National Forest to do something that’s never been done before: to light 2000 acres of forest on fire for the biggest prescribed fire experiment yet attempted.

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Problem Plastic: Investigating Microplastic Pollution in Nevada’s Waterways

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DSC06978Microplastics are plastic pieces ranging in size from 5mm to microscopic particles, in other words, the size of a pencil’s eraser or smaller. They've been found everywhere from the air we breathe to the deep ocean. A team of DRI researchers have begun to investigate these increasingly troubling pollutants in two bodies of freshwater in Nevada: Lake Tahoe and the Las Vegas Wash.

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Meet Kristin VanderMolen, Ph.D.

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Kristin VanderMolenKristin is an assistant research professor and social scientist. Right now, she is studying how warnings about extreme heat and heat waves are received and acted upon by vulnerable populations in southern California and northwestern Mexico. Learn more about her work in this profile.

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Preserving Nevada’s Lost City using drones

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Archaeologists in lost cityNevada’s “Lost City,” located northeast of Las Vegas on a terrace above the Muddy River, has been lost twice before – first abandoned by the native people who built it, then later flooded beneath the waters of Lake Mead – but a team of archaeologists from the Desert Research Institute’s Las Vegas campus hopes to ensure that it isn’t lost a third time.

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