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

Alleviating traumatic memories through eye movement therapy 11/12/15
The idea that simple eye movements could help trauma victims reprocess emotional memories is the focus of research for Larry Stevens, psychological sciences professor.Eye movement... read more

New technology takes NAU students back 2 million years 11/12/15
Dating back to the Stone Age, ancient artifacts provide us an important window into the history of ancient civilization. Thanks to Northern Arizona University’s lithic casting lab, students are... read more

NAU researcher finds forest treatment contributes to increased snowpack 10/28/15
10-28-15 Snowpack can be difficult to measure in the rugged, varied terrain of northern Arizona’s forests, and warming winters only complicate the picture. But a careful look into the past,... read more

Researchers Measure Potential Release of Permafrost’s Old Carbon 10/27/15
As scientists measure the speed and effects of carbon release from thawing Arctic permafrost, one group is studying the metabolism of old carbon that has been stored in soils but is now being... read more

NAU Research Powering Marine Science Sensors with Ambient Energy 10/27/15
 Despite working in the high-mountain desert of a landlocked state, Michael Shafer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is delving into ocean waters and assisting marine scientists... read more

Dangers of Climate Change in the Arctic 10/22/15
During the 2015 Flagstaff Festival of Science, Dr. Michelle Mack, a professor at NAU’s Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (ECOSS) discussed how climate change affects high-latitude... read more