Research & Academics

Chrissina Burke at excavation site in France

NAU zooarchaeologist studies animal-human interaction from American West to Central America (VIDEO)

Anthropology lecturer Chrissina Burke studies animal bones found at archaeological sites to study the relationships between animals and humans through centuries. Continue reading

forest

NAU researchers study economic value of forest restoration to homeowners

Julie Mueller, Abe Springer and grad student Ryan Lima found homeowners were more willing to pay a monthly fee when they lived close to the forest. Continue reading

Colin Chandler

NAU grad student awarded NSF research fellowship with proposal to take astronomy research to the people

Colin Chandler, a second-year Ph.D. student, aims to enlist thousands of citizen scientists to comb through millions of pictures of space looking for elusive active asteroids. Continue reading

Obliquity

A difference of degrees: NAU scientist examines Earth’s changing tilt, its effect on Antarctic ice cores and what that says about climate

Postdoc Michael Erb is the lead author on a study published in Nature Communications that compares climate responses simulated in climate models to those inferred from long proxy records like ice cores. Continue reading

Colorado Plateau

Ecoss, McAllister program accepting proposals from NAU students to research Colorado Plateau

Students of all disciplines should submit proposals for projects that enable the arts, cultural, scientific and environmental institutions of the Colorado Plateau to achieve the long-term needs of the communities they serve. Continue reading

Ziyan Wu undergraduate research

Learn how NAU student researchers are taking on the world’s problems at the annual Undergraduate Symposium

From improving education to understanding contagious diseases to using statistics to study human compassion, undergraduate students at NAU are looking for answers through research. Continue reading

Shelby Hutton

NAU makes history with three students chosen as Goldwater Scholars

Biology students Austin Dikeman and Shelby Hutton and mechanical engineering student Dan Rivera were among the 211 students nationwide selected for the award. Continue reading

Christina Schädel

NAU’s Permafrost Carbon Network study links climate policy to reduced effects of emissions from thawing soil

Ted Schuur and Christina Schädel of Ecoss used climate system models to simulate changes in permafrost and what effect those changes would have on carbon storage. Continue reading

Imagine of the moon

NAU planetary scientist’s study suggests widespread presence of water on the Moon

Christopher Edwards and his team analyzed data from two lunar missions and concluded that water appears to be evenly spread across the surface of the moon. Continue reading

Counter propagating laser light excites a long-lived sound wave inside a crystalline solid.

NAU physicist contributes to new optomechanical theory with potential application in quantum computing

A new study describes how scientists used a laser beam to access long-lived sound waves in crystalline solids as the basis for an approach to information processing and storage. Continue reading

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Map of U.S. Citizen-scientist study results find ticks capable of carrying lyme disease in 83 additional U.S. counties
As part of the study, people across the country sent in more than 16,000 ticks to NAU researchers who tested them for various bacterial infections. Results show ticks capable of carrying Lyme disease are more widespread than originally thought.
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She was part of the American Jewish Council's Project Interchange delegation, which spent a week exchanging ideas on innovation and learning.
Michael Ort NAU geologist studies ‘super-eruption’ of ancient Italian volcano
Michael Ort recently received a $290K NSF grant to analyze the Campanian Ignimbrite super-eruption, which occurred 39,000 years ago and affected areas as far away as Moscow.
Catherine Propper with student NAU team receives $2.6 million grant to train, mentor Native American students in STEM disciplines
NAU RISE for Native Americans will provide two years of research training to undergraduates and master’s level students across STEM disciplines—from biology to informatics to engineering.
forest Former NAU postdocs author paper linking forest restoration to better water quality
The forest restoration study, which Frances O'Donnell and Williams Flatley co-authored with professors Abe Springer and Peter Fulé, was published in Ecological Applications.

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Underneath the lion: Celebrate the Lunar New Year at NAU with traditional lion dance performances
NAU senior Colleen McDowell struggled with high-functioning autism and depression, then she enrolled in PES100, a Chinese Martial Arts course, and became a lion dancer. Enjoy several performances at NAU and throughout town on Feb. 16 to ring in the year of the dog.
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Ecoss researchers are using technologies developed at NAU to devise a metric for the growth of microbial species in their natural environments.
Scott Anderson studying Norway lake mud NAU paleoecologist discovering secrets of Northern Norway’s history in lake mud
Scott Anderson is part of a team studying thousand-year-old biomarkers preserved in lake bottoms that tell the story of human activity in Lofoten.