Sept. 19, 2019With September being Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, Northern Arizona University has been buzzing with conversations about mental health and wellness. The … Read more about Mental health on the mind: NAU kicks off Mental Health Symposium Series
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
Researchers have found that arid areas, among the biggest ecosystems on the planet, take up an unexpectedly large amount of carbon as levels of carbon dioxide increase in the atmosphere.
The findings, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, give scientists a better handle on the Earth’s carbon budget—how much carbon remains in the atmosphere as CO2, contributing to global warming, and… Read more
By Ryan Belnap and Dan Boone
NAU IDEA Lab
The new IDEA Lab documentary, Taking Earth’s Temperature: Delving into Climate’s Past, is a science discovery story that took us to Boulder, Colo., a remote region of Alaska and Switzerland.
Filming in a far-off, frigid location in the Arctic took considerably… Read more
The Arizona Board of Regents unanimously approved a proposal for a 120,000-square-foot Center for Aquatic and Tennis that will replace the 50,000-square-foot Wall Aquatic Center… Read more
The National Science Foundation has awarded Northern Arizona University $370,000 to support the development of applications and software to gather and analyze large amounts of data created by the Southwest Experimental Garden Array, a genetics-based climate change research facility.
The research team will develop applications to send data such as soil moisture and temperature from SEGA’s 12 remote experimental gardens to the NAU campus, where the information can be integrated with genetics data of plant populations that respond differently to… Read more
Forests have a limited capacity to soak up atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a new study from Northern Arizona University.
The study, available online in the journal New Phytologist, aimed to explore how rising atmospheric carbon dioxide could alter the carbon and nitrogen content of ecosystems.
By performing tests on subtropical woodland plots over an 11-year period, the researchers found that ecosystem carbon uptake was not significantly increased by the high CO2 treatment—in contrast to expectations. While plants did contain more… Read more