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
It is easy to study what you can see. Researchers know a lot about how plants work aboveground, but what happens out of sight under the surface may control more than we once thought.
Ecoss researchers in the Plant and Ecosystem Ecology—PEER—Lab at Northern Arizona University are digging into the soils of South Africa and Alaska to shed light on a poorly understood topic: how plant roots function. A $300,000 Mellon Foundation grant funds the South Africa study,… Read more
Two NAU professors have been elected as fellows of the Ecological Society of America: Michelle Mack and Catherine “Kitty” Gehring.
“NAU is extremely honored to have two new Ecological Society of America Fellows in Kitty Gehring and Michelle Mack,” said Bill Grabe, vice president for Research. “Both have made outstanding contributions to ecosystems science and both have raised considerably the profile of NAU as a leading center for environmental research.”
Mack is a professor of ecosystem ecology in the Center for Ecosystem Science… Read more
Scientists who study climate and ecosystems in the Arctic have weighed in on future changes in the region affecting soils, streams and wildfire, which will be releasing greater amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
Because the Arctic is home to billions of tons of naturally occurring carbon stored in frozen soil, researchers are turning their focus to trying to quantify potential effects of large-scale permafrost thawing.