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NAU’s Hungate co-authors research report published in ‘Science’

Research helps resolve a long-standing debate about the role of nitrogen limitation for plant responses to carbon dioxide. Continue reading

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Bruce Hungate elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology

Fellows are elected based on records of scientific achievement and advances in microbiology. Continue reading

Invasive Japanese beetle

We’ve got your number: Tracing the source of invasive Japanese beetles

New technique can lead to more informed decisions about how to control the invasive pest. Continue reading

Aerial view of Minnesota peatlands

Live fast, die young: soil microbes in a warmer world

NAU researchers have discovered that warmer temperatures shorten the lifespan of soil microbes, which may affect soil carbon storage. Continue reading

A field of blooming Scotch broom.

NSF-funded research to examine long-term effects of invasive shrub

Invasive species influences survival and growth of Douglas fir trees in the Pacific Northwest. Continue reading

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Study finds accelerated soil carbon loss, increasing the rate of climate change

Findings challenge previous understanding about how carbon accumulates in soil. Continue reading

NAU scientists contribute to international report on climate change

Report reflects the latest advances in climate science. Continue reading

Study questions nature’s ability to ‘self-correct’ climate change

Impact of plants being overestimated, according to research. Continue reading

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Tribal Leadership Initiative executive education session NAU hosts representatives of Arizona’s Native nation, First Nations from Canada for executive training
More than 60 directors and managers representing Native nations in Arizona and First Nations in Canada participated in a Tribal Leadership Initiative executive education session at NAU.
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Illustration of boreal forest NAU scientists publish first estimate of carbon emissions from 2014 mega-fires in Canada’s boreal forests
Xanthe Walker, Michelle Mack and Ted Schuur of Ecoss collaborated with Scott Goetz from SICCS for the study, which quantifies how much carbon a boreal forest fire can release.
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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.
growth of microbial taxa Which microbes matter most? NAU scientists develop technique for measuring bacterial growth rates
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.