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
When leaves fall in the autumn, they are only just beginning their journey.
Leaves that fall into the water from streamside trees feed not only microbes, but also larval aquatic insects. The insects, in turn, are snatched up for food during all stages of their transformation into adults that fly from the water back to the forest. Is this journey through the riparian food web different for different kinds of leaves?
Northern Arizona University researchers in Jane Marks’ lab experimented with… Read more
A four-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation will support efforts at 27 collaborating museums to create an online data portal that integrates nearly 3 million North American butterfly and moth specimen records.
Online availability of these records, supported by contributions from citizen scientists through a smartphone app, will make it easier for researchers to study these species, and how they and their habitats have changed over time.
The project, Lepidoptera of North America Network, or LepNet, is a… Read more
To improve the accuracy of complex computer modeling, climate researchers in the Arctic are turning to natural features a little more in tune with longer time scales: glaciers and the lakes they feed.
The contrast between high-speed computing and slow-moving natural systems reflects the landscape of climate research in a region protected by its isolation, yet sensitive to change.Read more
After unleashing the power of geospatial technology to transform classroom learning, experts at Northern Arizona University are opening up the map to spread their ideas nationally.
Lori Rubino-Hare, professional development coordinator at NAU’s Center for Science Teaching and Learning, and her team were recently awarded nearly $2 million by the National Science Foundation to scale up their success in the NSF-funded Power of Data project.Read more
Researchers slogging through a tangle of sensors, motors and algorithms face a challenging path, but it’s nothing like the terrain that must be crossed by someone walking with a prosthetic ankle.
Even with the most advanced designs, no step is simple—each laborious movement is fraught with the potential for a slip or a trip.
Now the Center for Bioengineering Innovation, under the direction… Read more