Expanding the Boundaries of Knowledge

Northern Arizona University is committed to expanding the boundaries of knowledge through research. Widely recognized as a major research university producing basic and applied knowledge that addresses the challenges of the interior western United States, the NAU research enterprise also boasts strengths in bioengineering and biosciences, genetics and genomics, ecology and environmental research, forestry, sustainability, climate science, astronomy, and Native American health and wellness.

Research News

Fighting Fire with Fire: The Case for Managed Burns 9/22/15
This year’s wildfire season in the United States is one of the worst on record in terms of damage and costs. Reducing the risk of future destructive wildfires could be achieved by more... read more

Artists Join Scientists To Tell a Tale of Fire 9/18/15
 Fires of Change is an art exhibit at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff, which will run through October 31, 2015. The exhibit explores, through the eyes of artists, the increase in... read more

Looking for Pine Genes with the Perfect Future Fit 9/18/15
 Tree climbing scientists are going to great heights to find pine genes with the perfect fit for the future. Hillary Cooper is a biologist at Northern Arizona University. Perched high-up in a... read more

NAU Scientists Use Genetic Fingerprinting to Research Cattle Fever 9/11/15
Amidst new outbreaks of a disease that can be fatal to cattle, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded NAU a $490,000 grant for an ongoing research project on Babesia, an organism... read more

NAU Astronomy and Physics Major Wins NASA Internship 9/10/15
Children grow up with career aspirations inspired out of innocence, and Sierra Ferguson was no different from the rest.But the paths to ballerina or veterinarian led nowhere near the... read more

Michelle Mack 9/10/15
As global temperatures increase, fragile ecosystems across the world are facing drastic changes, such as more extreme forest fires and increasingly severe droughts. Dr. Michelle Mack, a... read more