Ariel view of river and mountains.

DRI’s Christine Albano Co-authors Groundbreaking New Research in Groundwater’s Role in Ecosystem Sustainability

A new study published in Nature Water used satellite data spanning 38 years to examine how groundwater-dependent ecosystems (such as wetlands, meadows, and springs) in California respond to fluctuations in groundwater levels. The research can help shed light on how water management practices can best account for ecosystem needs in addition to those of human society.

Ariel photo of the flooded Saale River.

A Fresh Look at the Drivers of Extreme Flooding

A new study in Science Advances finds that compounding effects of flood drivers can complicate and exacerbate the risk of extreme floods in watersheds around the world. DRI’s Guo Yu, Ph.D., assistant research professor of hydrometeorology, co-authored the research.

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Climate Engine Launches New Website to Facilitate Drought and Vegetation Monitoring

Climate Engine is partnering with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to guide drought planning on BLM-managed lands with support from NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS).

President Kumud Acharya

NSHE Board of Regents Renews Contract for DRI President Acharya

Dr. Acharya’s first term as president of DRI has been marked by notable achievements and leadership, particularly in navigating challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic and financial constraints. His strategic priorities focusing on optimizing performance, elevating awareness, and cultivating engagement have helped drive the institution forward.

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 2023 Volume 2 Story Map to see a selection of DRI’s impactful research and featured projects.


Public Record Requests

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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. | 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. | 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. | 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. | 775-673-7336

Paula Loop

Paula Loop


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. | 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. | 775-674-7019