Research centers and institutes
Along with area partners, CEFNS students explore the world beyond the classroom
More than 30 university-funded research institutes and centers give Northern Arizona University faculty and students the opportunity to:
- shape public policy
- provide research that impacts our environment and our communities
- contribute to the economic development within our state
NAU’s partners in research and education
Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (Ecoss) Accordion Closed
The Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (Ecoss) at Northern Arizona University seeks to understand ecosystems and how and why they change. The vision of Ecoss is to understand ecosystem function and change from the cell to the globe and their implications for the future on Earth.
Colorado Plateau Biodiversity Center Accordion Closed
The CPBC cares for more than 400,000 specimens in seven divisions of life sciences collection. These collections support research and education in:
- conservation with special emphases in
- quaternary climate change
- marine invertebrates
- DNA bioinformatics
Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CPCESU) Accordion Closed
The Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CPCESU) is a cooperative network, transcending political and institutional boundaries, which creates innovative opportunities for research, education, and technical assistance in support of the management and stewardship by partner agencies of the Colorado Plateau’s natural, cultural, and social resources.
Colorado Plateau Research Station (CPRS) Accordion Closed
The Colorado Plateau Research Station is a joint USGS and NAU biological research organization. Its mission is to provide high-quality, objective science to support sound management of natural resources, with a focus on Department of Interior lands. Major areas of research include:
- ecoregional studies
- climate change
- endangered species
- vegetation distribution
- ecology and dynamics
- data management and dissemination
- inventory and monitoring studies
- cave ecosystems
- wildlife ecology
Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI) Accordion Closed
The Ecological Restoration Institute works to help land management agencies and communities by providing comprehensive focused studies, monitoring and evaluation research, and technical support.
Landscape Conservation Initiative (LCI) Accordion Closed
The Landscape Conservation Initiative forges new solutions to environmental challenges through a three-pronged approach: applied biological science, collaborative planning, and field-based educational experiences.
Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research (MPCER) Accordion Closed
The Center promotes interdisciplinary, environmental research centered on the Colorado Plateau. We foster collaborations among scientists, land-managers, and educators from public and private sectors to:
- understand the basic ecological principles and major environmental factors, including human influences that impact ecosystems throughout the globe
- apply scientific knowledge for the development of effective strategies that will maintain intact ecosystems and restore degraded and altered environments
National Institute for Climate Change Research (NICCR) Accordion Closed
The Western Regional Center of the National Institute for Climatic Change Research (NICCR) is one of four regional Centers sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research. The WRC/NICCR facilitates climatic change research in the western United States through the periodic solicitation of proposals for research projects to be funded by DOE.
Teaching and Research Machine Shop Accordion Closed
With more than 3,000 projects completed in 20 years, the CEFNS Teaching & Research Machine Shop is the place to bring your ideas for research, lab, or field-oriented equipment fabrication. The shop provides design consultation and fabrication using a variety of materials and machining services, including milling, grinding, welding, lathe work, and cutting of all types of materials. Materials include wood, plastics, steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and brass.