Oct. 17, 2019Each year, Homecoming is dedicated to a Northern Arizona University staff or faculty member who has shown their Lumberjack pride through exceptional service to the … Read more about Celebrate excellence at NAU’s annual Homecoming Dedicatee Banquet
Plants can grow faster as atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations increase, but only if they have enough nitrogen or partner with fungi that help them get it, according to new research published in Science.
The study, which included researchers from Northern Arizona University, the University of Antwerp (Belgium), Indiana University and New South Wales University (Australia), was led by César Terrer Moreno, a Ph.D. student at Imperial College London.
The team synthesized more than 80 past experiments and found that higher… Read more
Bruce Hungate, Regents’ professor of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University and director of the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society, is now among the distinguished scientists who have been elected to the American Academy of Microbiology.
Hungate was recognized with other 2016 newly elected AAM Fellows on June 17 at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. The class of 2016 includes Fellows from the United States, Canada, Spain, India, France, Australia, China and the United… Read more
Like a Southern drawl popping up on the West Coast, our accents mark us as newcomers. With time they fade, leaving only traces of our past in the occasional slip of a word.
Northern Arizona University researchers led by Bruce Hungate, director of the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society, have found the microscopic equivalent of an accent in an invasive pest: the Japanese beetle. This microscopic “accent” is the amount of a rare but stable hydrogen isotope in… Read more
Warmer temperatures shorten the lifespan of soil microbes and this may affect soil carbon storage, according to a new NSF-funded study published in Nature Climate Change this week.
A research team led by graduate student researcher Shannon Hagerty and Paul Dijkstra, biological sciences associate research professor, measured two key characteristics of soil microbes that determine their role in the soil carbon cycle: how efficiently they use carbon to grow and how long they live. “Higher temperatures make microbes grow faster, but… Read more
Northern Arizona University’s Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research received a three-year, $720,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to examine the persistent effects of invasive Scotch broom on the survival and growth of Douglas fir trees, an economically important Pacific Northwest species.
Scotch broom, an invasive species native to Europe, proliferates rapidly after disturbances such as timber harvesting and creates dense stands that crowd out native plants, inhibit reforestation and negatively affect wildlife habitat. Scotch broom also leaves behind a… Read more
Research published in Science found that increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere cause soil microbes to produce more carbon dioxide, accelerating climate change.
Two Northern Arizona University researchers led the study, which challenges previous understanding about how carbon accumulates in soil. Increased levels of CO2 accelerate plant growth, which causes more absorption of CO2… Read more