The National Science Foundation awarded $775,000 to Ted Schuur, professor in the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society and NAU’s Department of Biological Sciences.

The funds will become part of the multi-million dollar Study of Environmental Arctic Change. NAU is a partner in the SEARCH project led by the University of Alaska. Schuur leads the Permafrost Action Team, a group supporting activities developed by the Permafrost Carbon Research Network. 

The Arctic’s frozen soil, or permafrost, contains vast amounts of carbon. As warming temperatures thaw the soil, the carbon will be released. Additional permafrost data would contribute to understanding the effects of increased atmospheric carbon.

The SEARCH project will generate new knowledge through science synthesis, while also facilitating connections with potential stakeholders and policy-makers.