Tom Gallagher

In Memory of Thomas Gallagher

It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of Tom Gallagher, our dear friend and four-term Trustee, leader, and passionate supporter of DRI and the DRI Foundation.

View of yellow and green leaves in a colorful deciduous forest in the fall.

DRI Scientist Contributes to New Research on Toxic Mercury Deposition in Forests

Mercury is deposited from the atmosphere into forests worldwide in greater quantities than previously thought, according to new research led by former Desert Research Institute (DRI) scientist Daniel Obrist (currently with University of Massachusets, Lowell) and a team that included Hans Moosmüller of DRI in Reno.

Hand holding an e-cigarette

New DRI Study Investigates Formation of Dangerous Compounds by E-cigarettes

Scientists with the Desert Research Institute (DRI) Organic Analytical Laboratory, led by Andrey Khlystov, Ph.D., have been awarded a $1.5M grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the formation of dangerous compounds by electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).

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Wildfire Smoke Exposure Linked to Increased Risk of Contracting COVID-19

Wildfire smoke may greatly increase susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, according to new research from the Center for Genomic Medicine at the Desert Research Institute (DRI), Washoe County Health District (WCHD), and Renown Health (Renown) in Reno, Nev.

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.

Media Inquiries

If you are a reporter on deadline or have a media inquiry please email media@dri.edu or call Detra Page, 702.862.5597 (office) or 702.591.3786 (cell).

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Public Record Requests

The Office of Communications and Government 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.

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

Kelsey Fitzgerald

Kelsey Fitzgerald

Science Writer

Kelsey serves as DRI’s primary science writer, working with scientists to communicate their research to the public and/or other scientists through press releases and a variety of other digital media products such as web pages, blog posts, photography, and podcasts. She also assists with the creation of content for newsletters, fact sheets, reports, or any other type of outreach materials needed for projects. 

Kelsey.Fitzgerald@dri.edu

Lindsey Funseth

Lindsey Funseth

Visual Communications Specialist

Lindsey designs and creates a wide variety of visual communication (graphics, illustrations, photographs, videos, websites, and promotional materials) that tell DRI’s story and support the outreach and project needs of research faculty, students, and support staff. She serves as the Institute’s primary graphic designer and multimedia editor, working to translate complex scientific concepts into compelling visuals and helping to distribute that content to internal and external audiences.

Lindsey.Funseth@dri.edu |775-673-7465

Meghan Collins

Meghan Collins

Education Program Manager

Meghan coordinates DRI’s science communication efforts, including co-hosting the Science Distilled lecture series in collaboration with the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum. She leads DRI’s citizen science programs including Stories in the Snow, in which community members share pictures of freshly-fallen snow crystals through a smartphone app called Citizen Science Tahoe. She has also been involved as an educator/science communicator in a range of other programs, including Native Waters on Arid Lands and the new microplastics research program at DRI.

Meghan.Collins@dri.edu | 775.673.6759

Alison Swallow

Alison Swallow

Business Manager

Alison serves as the business manager and program lead for the Office of External Affairs and Communications. She provides executive support to DRI faculty and staff with regards to public outreach and communications and external affairs needs. She also monitors legislation on a state and national level to ensure DRI’s interests are followed Assists in coordinating internal and external events in Southern Nevada.

Alison.Swallow@dri.edu | 702-862-4512