Assistant professor Chris Doughty and Ph.D. student Andrew Abraham worked with institutions around the world to conduct research on the role megabiota play in our ecosystem, and more importantly, what their dwindling numbers mean for the planet. Read more.
An important new study published this week in Nature Sustainability finds that irrigated crop production accounts for 86 percent of all water consumed in the western U.S.—and of all the water used on western farms, by far the largest portion goes to cattle-feed crops such as alfalfa and grass hay. To alleviate the severe shortage of water in the… Read more
Professor Kevin Gurney of NAU’s School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems is building a detailed three-dimensional map of the urban Washington, D.C. area that will reveal every source of greenhouse gas being emitted into the atmosphere down to individual buildings, like the Pentagon, and roads such as Pennsylvania Ave. Gurney, an atmospheric scientist, says this will be an important tool for the city to use to reduce carbon emissions, assess progress and improve air… Read more
Professors Scott Goetz and Logan Berner are involved in an effort that brings together a variety of science institutions around the world to look into what the warming planet means for vegetation productivity. Read More