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Meteor enters Earths atmosphere

NAU, WUSTL collaborate to help dismiss popular mass extinction theory

Paleoecologist Scott Anderson was part of a research team examining previous studies that found rare diamond molecules in 13,000-year-old sediment. Those studies, the team determined, incorrectly identified the molecules. Continue reading

NAU researcher discovers water and heat uplifted the Colorado Plateau

Ryan Porter, an assistant professor studying earthquakes and tectonics, thinks more than just subduction created the undeformed island. Continue reading

Kathleen Hunt

NAU scientist pioneers novel ways to study endangered baleen whales

Research professor Kathleen Hunt has found that baleen stores a wide range of hormonal data that can help chart a female whale’s reproductive history–data which she hopes can be used to help repopulate them. Continue reading

Discovery Channel Telescope

Bald, bright and beautiful—NAU joins UA and Lowell to unveil asteroid characteristics

With the help of the Discovery Channel Telescope, a team of astronomers was able to unveil the physical characteristics of one of the smallest near-Earth asteroids ever observed. Continue reading

ted schuur

NAU ecologist’s predictions reach 9 million readers of popular science publication

Ted Schuur's new article published in Scientific American is likely to have a broad impact on the public’s understanding of this environmental challenge. Continue reading


NAU scientists develop a novel strategy for restoring sagebrush habitat

A $335,000 grant will allow scientists with the Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research to test a nucleation approach. Continue reading

Up close flying bat

NAU researchers make their mark with new DNA testing tool

“Species from Feces,” a unique new DNA barcoding tool, was developed by researchers in the School of Forestry's Bat Ecology and Genetics Lab Continue reading

NAU researchers explore Rapa Nui caves

NAU Fulbright Visiting Scholar continues search for last remaining native insect species on Easter Island

Ecologist Jut Wynne has been conducting research on the island since 2008. Continue reading

Students in engineering lab

Engineering program earns top 50 spot in ‘U.S. News’ rankings

NAU ranked No. 42 on the publication’s annual list of engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s. Continue reading

Ruddell in computing lab

$3 million grant to support first detailed map of the nation’s food, energy and water systems

The interdisciplinary research project called “FEWSion” will show how food production, energy production and the water supply align and interact. Continue reading

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