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Western Agricultural Communities Need Water Conservation Strategies to Adapt to Future Shortages

Relying on water storage won’t be enough to make up for declines in future water availability under a changing climate, new study shows. Beatrice Gordon, lead author of the study and sociohydrologist and postdoctoral researcher at DRI, says the research is needed to inform water management at the local level, where most decisions are made.

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New Study Estimates Lithium in Groundwater That Can Be Used for Drinking Water

DRI researchers Monica Arienzo and Daniel Saftner are coauthors on a new study led by the USGS that examines lithium levels in groundwater aquifers used to supply drinking water across the U.S. The new estimates can help health researchers determine potential connections between lithium exposure and human health outcomes.

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Every Drop Counts: New Algorithm Tracks Texas’s Daily Reservoir Evaporation Rates

A recent collaboration between DRI and Texas A&M University researchers provides state of the art, real-time evaporation estimates for improved management of water supply reservoirs throughout Texas.

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Graduate Student Winners of the Annual Poster Presentation Session

On Friday, April 26th, 16 graduate students presented their research at DRI’s Reno campus for the annual poster presentation session. Organized by Kathleen Rodrigues, PhD, assistant research professor of luminescence, the poster session offers an opportunity for DRI-affiliated graduate students to network with each other and with DRI faculty, hone their presentation skills, and showcase the research they’re working on in pursuit of their degrees.

Telling the story of research and innovation at DRI

DRI’s Office External Affairs and Communications provides support to research faculty and staff to generate awareness and engagement that inspires action to sustain research at DRI.

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Research Highlights

Check out our latest Research Highlights 2024 Volume 1 Story Map to see a selection of DRI’s impactful research and featured projects.

 

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Our Communications Team

Tracy Bower

Tracy Bower

Director of External Affairs

Tracy serves as DRI’s primary liaison with the community, including media, regional, state, and local officials. She directs the Institute’s policies and objectives for all state government and local affairs, and leads the communications and external engagement activities.

Tracy.Bower@dri.edu | 702-862-5404

Detra Page

Detra Page

Communications Manager

Detra serves as DRI’s primary media contact and manages the day-to-day operations of the Communications Office including DRI’s creative and digital marketing services, public information and community engagement.

Detra.Page@dri.edu | 702-862-5597

Jessi LeMay

Jessi LeMay

Visual Communication Specialist

For the last 16 years, Jessi Lemay has been documenting the lives of families, the heart of organizations, and the stories of her community. Her unique blend of photography and video (and sometimes live community events) allows her an honest insight into the lives and passions of those in front of her lens. The result is natural portraiture that feels honest to the eye. Family films that are poetic and instantly nostalgic. Jessi’s goal is to capture the best of the human condition. Some of her career highlights include her live storytelling project The Folk & The Lore hosted at Nevada Museum of Art, traveling to South Sudan in 2015 with Five Talents International to collect the stories of financial inclusion, and documenting the oral histories of 100 years of Reno Rodeo for their 100th anniversary.

jessi.lemay@dri.edu | 775-673-7375

Elyse DeFranco

Elyse DeFranco

Science Writer

Elyse serves as science writer for the wide-ranging and impactful research occurring across DRI. She utilizes her background in ecology and science communication to help DRI’s scientists share the stories behind their research, and what it teaches us about the world.  

elyse.defranco@dri.edu | 775-673-7336

Paula Loop

Paula Loop

Webmaster

Paula serves as DRI’s webmaster and manages the website and social media content. She had previously worked in libraries for the past 20 years, where she built her skills in organization, web design, and content creation. She is pursuing her master’s in Library & Information Science at the University of Denver.

paula.loop@dri.edu | 702-862-5497

Lori Fulton

Lori Fulton

Graphic Artist/Visual Science Translator

Lori serves as DRI’s graphic artist, designing all things DRI. She has worked with DRI since 2009 as a freelancer. Lori ran her own graphic design business for 29 years and, in 2023, committed to a full-time position at DRI.

lori.fulton@dri.edu | 775-674-7019