Aug. 22, 2019Pools of old carbon in the soil of boreal forests historically safe from combustion are being released by more frequent and larger wildfires, a team led by … Read more about Larger, more frequent fires in boreal forest threaten previously protected carbon stores, NAU-led research team reports in Nature
Students who want to explore the full landscape of learning are discovering that Northern Arizona University enjoys a distinct natural advantage. And through the student organization TravelEd, they are pitching their tent on the side of outdoor experience.
Admittedly, some pitch a little better than others.
Still, what began as an optional class activity offered by Britton Shepardson, lecturer and associate chair of anthropology, has grown into a student-run operation that continues to attract new members.
“I think it’s important for… Read more
Archaeology and engineering point in different directions for students on an isolated, misunderstood island in the southeastern Pacific, but a summer program featuring both disciplines is bringing them closer to their cultural roots while opening a future of personal growth and environmental sustainability.
Under the guidance of a team assembled by Northern Arizona University’s Britton Shepardson, a group of high school students on Easter Island spent part of their summer designing a bicycle-powered generator, building wind turbines and even developing… Read more
When a disastrous earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, the shockwaves rattled Britton Shepardson’s pre-school memories of life there as the child of a humanitarian worker and a mathematician. But he did not expect that within hours the influences of family, aptitude and academic training would coalesce into a much-needed tool for emergency relief work.
A casual look at Easter Island yields familiar and enduring images of stone statues scattered on a seemingly barren, wind-swept landscape—a place popularized as a symbol of catastrophic environmental collapse.
But what Britton Shepardson sees with archaeologist eyes is not a sterile monument to human futility, waiting to be excavated. Instead, his research visits have brought him closer to a people who know how to persevere, and he’s helping to build a bridge to their future.