Research

Expanding the Boundaries of Knowledge

Northern Arizona University is committed to expanding the boundaries of knowledge through research. Widely recognized as the 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.
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Research News

The Fungi-Pinyon Pine Buddy System 8/28/15
 Genetics are thought to play a significant role in why some pinyon pines survive drought, and some don't. But a biology professor at Northern Arizona University believes a newly discovered... read more

In NAU's Optical Metrology Laboratory 8/28/15
The Optical Metrology Laboratory is a research and development group located within the Physics and Astronomy Department at Northern Arizona University. Lab members conduct applied optics... read more

Michael Ort 8/27/15
If you visit a volcano, there’s a good chance you’ll find Michael Ort, a volcanologist, there too. Ort, NAU Professor in the School of Earth Sciences and Sustainability, has spent the majority... read more

Archaeology Students Help Preserve Sinaguan Site 8/27/15
Northern Arizona University archaeology students are using 3D technology to make a historic record of a deteriorating pueblo known as Tsöpki, or Antelope House. Chris Downum, NAU anthropology... read more

Citizen-scientists Help NAU with Skunk Vaccination Research 8/18/15
NAU researchers have partnered with northern Arizona communities in an effort to learn more about skunk behavior and determine best methods for vaccination against rabies, a fatal disease that... read more

Students Research Volcanoes in the Field 8/18/15
Students, such as NAU senior Heather Casares, continue to be influenced by the summer volcano-research project offered by a group of NAU researchers including Nancy Riggs, Professor in the NAU’s... read more