The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is a recognized world leader in basic and applied environmental research. Committed to scientific excellence and integrity, DRI faculty, students, and staff have developed scientific knowledge and innovative technologies in research projects worldwide.
Since 1959, The Desert Research Institute’s research has advanced scientific knowledge, supported Nevada’s diversifying economy, provided science-based educational opportunities, and informed policymakers, business leaders, and community members.
The Desert Research Institute’s faculty members are nontenured and responsible for their own salaries through external grants and contracts. Through this blend of academic rigour and private-sector pragmatism, The Desert Research Institute has earned a reputation for efficiently delivering high-quality scientific information, transparent, and accountable.