About DRI

  1. Who We Are
  2. What We Do
  3. Featured News
  4. Featured Faculty Member
  5. Featured Grad Student
DRI is the environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education. With more than 500 employees and two main campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada, DRI generates $50 million in total annual revenue. DRI’s faculty members are nontenured, entrepreneurial and responsible for their own salaries from external grants and contracts. LEARN MORE
DRI excels in basic and applied research and the application of technologies to improve people's lives throughout Nevada and the world. Our faculty and students apply scientific understanding to the effective management of natural resources while meeting Nevada's needs for economic diversification and science-based educational opportunities. LEARN MORE
Meet Adam Watts, Ph.D. - DRI fire ecologist and deputy director of DRI’s Climate, Ecosystems, Fire and Applications Program. His latest research, recently published in the journal Nature Geoscience, outlines the threat of drying peatlands (also known as mires) across the globe and their increased vulnerability to fire and carbon loss. LEARN MORE
Meeting Ya-Chun Tai, a graduate student in DRI's Atmospheric Science Division studying atmospheric chemistry related to air quality and working with some of DRI's world renowned air pollution experts. READ MORE


As the Earth’s environment continues to change, the need for creative scientific solutions and the application of innovative technologies becomes increasingly important to ensure a balanced future, one that recognizes the need to utilize and maintain those natural systems that sustain humanity around the globe. Since 1959, DRI has stood at the forefront of understanding Earth's complex environmental systems, promoting preservation of diverse ecosystems, advancing responsible natural resource management, and improving human health and welfare throughout Nevada and around the world.
Learn more by clicking the images below

DRI News and Announcements

Error: No articles to display

Connect with DRI


Enter your email to sign up for DRI's newsletter and special event announcements.