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Where We Work

The World Is Our Lab

Our researchers study everything from quarks to galaxy superclusters, using cutting-edge technologies from microscopes to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to telescopes—and everything in between. Discover where we conduct our research and how far it can take you.

Learn how NAU researchers build UAVs to help track small mammals.


NAU researchers study in the natural environment in Northern Arizona.

Field Studies

Our researchers don’t confine their studies to the labs. They conduct field projects all over the world, including the Arctic tundra, the caves of Easter Island, the waters off southern Argentina, a rainforest in Ghana, and the Anindilyakwa communities on Groote Island, Australia. Many researchers offer opportunities for their students to participate in these projects, too.

At NAU, faculty take advantage of the many opportunities to study in the field right in our own backyard.  

Research in Northern Arizona

At NAU, faculty take advantage of the many opportunities to study in the field right in our own backyard. Here, students learn to conduct research beyond the traditional classroom and lab in settings including the highest mountain range in Arizona, the Colorado Plateau, and the world’s largest ponderosa pine forest—all conveniently located in and around Flagstaff.

NAU researchers study in our core facilities and labs as well as in the natural environment in Northern Arizona.

State of the Art Facilities

Our core facilities and high-performance labs provide researchers with the resources and technologies they need to achieve world-class scientific outcomes, such as Monsoon, the high-performance computing cluster,  the Research Greenhouse Complex, and the Imaging and Histology Core Facility.



Knowledge Note

There are five life zones within 50 miles of NAU’s main campus, and six in the state of Arizona: Lower Sonoran (low, hot desert), Upper Sonoran (desert steppe or chaparral), Transition (open woodlands), Canadian (fir forest), Hudsonian (spruce forest), and Arctic-Alpine (alpine meadows or tundra).