Scientists with the Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research have received a four-year, $859,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to assess how cottonwood trees … Read more about NAU research team receives grant to study how trees adapt to insect damage and the changing environment
Southwest Experimental Garden Array
A new partnership between Cline Library and the Southwest Experimental Garden Array will use repeat photography to document earlier ecological and environmental conditions at garden sites distributed throughout northern Arizona to research how species respond to climate change and land-use management.
“By comparing historical and contemporary photos, researchers can literally see how the plant community is changing over time, which is tremendously valuable,” said Thomas Whitham, SEGA’s principal investigator and NAU Regents’ Professor. “For example, repeat photography allows us to… Read more
The National Science Foundation has awarded Northern Arizona University a five-year, $2.5 million grant to examine how future climate change and invasive species will affect Fremont cottonwood trees, a “foundation species” of the Southwest’s rapidly vanishing stream-side habitats.
In the southwestern United States, stream-side habitat, which reduces erosion and supports endangered species such as the Southwest willow flycatcher, has been reduced by more than 97 percent.
The study of foundation species is important because they disproportionately influence a much larger community… 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