Every year, a few carefully selected NAU undergraduates embark on a year of NAU-funded independent research projects, thanks to the Hooper Undergraduate Research Award. This year, a full 10 of these students are from the School of Earth & Sustainability! We’re looking forward to your discoveries Morgan Andrews, Leah Brennan, William Carter, Jenna Chaffeur, Ray Eckland, Lauren Mason-Sarantopulos, Jill Miller, Chelsea Seaton, Andrew Thomas, and Amber Treadway! Follow them and other undergrad researchers at on the NAU Undergrad Research facebook page.
Archives for August 2018
This summer, NAU’s Dr. Laura Huenneke began her term as President of the world’s largest society of ecologists, after her election a year ago. As Laura explains in the ESA press release, the job is not just about keeping things running smoothly: “[w]e live in an increasingly complicated and interconnected world that requires sound ecological science to improve management of the human and natural environment. ESA’s members provide that scientific understanding of the world around us, and we need their expertise more than ever to understand how changes in nature are affecting all of us.” You can also learn more about Dr. Huenneke’s research background in plant conservation on her website.
Rivers in the Southwest are increasingly intermittent: flowing when it’s wet, but converted to a series of isolated pools when it’s dry. This has major effects on the types of aquatic plants and animals that live in and near rivers. As part of a new $3 million NSF grant, Ben Ruddell and Abe Springer are working to develop a smartphone app that lets everyone contribute to documenting dry and wet river conditions. Read more at NAU News.