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Measuring tree height.

Unlocking the mysteries of plant root function, from Alaska to South Africa

Studies have measured root biomass and root profiles, but very few look at the function of those roots. Continue reading

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Two NAU researchers elected as ESA fellows

The Ecological Society of America Fellowship recognizes the outstanding contributions of Michelle Mack and Catherine "Kitty" Gehring. Continue reading

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Biomass offsets little or none of permafrost carbon release

NAU researchers weighed in on an expert assessment of changes in the Arctic and the release of carbon from previously frozen soils. The 98 researchers who participated in the evaluation found the rate of permafrost thaw is tied to human emissions. Continue reading

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American Legion hosts Memorial Day weekend events for Flagstaff, NAU communities
The American Legion Mark A Moore Post 3 in Flagstaff is looking for volunteers to place flags at veterans' graves over Memorial Day weekend to honor fallen heroes.
Stephen Dunn conducting Sounds of the summer: NAU trumpet professor talks about his love of jazz
Stephen Dunn's love of jazz started in junior high school when he joined a jazz band. He still loves the genre's improvisational techniques.
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.
Snorkeling Share your #NAUsummer adventures
Whether you’re taking in the quiet of campus, working on a new project, checking off a bucket list item or exploring our great state and beyond—we want to see it!
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.