Tune in to hear NAU Geologist Michael Smith talk to KJZZ’s The Show about past and future climate variation. Michael explains how detailed records from warm periods in the past (from the NSF-funded Green River Eocene Earth and Climate Observatory project) could help us to predict the where and when of current and future increases in temperature.
Environmental Sciences student Sierra Cottle has been selected as the Distinguished Senior for the College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences! Sierra will graduate this semester with outstanding achievements in academics AND community involvement (including Fair Trade NAU, the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Student Water Symposium). Read about all the awards for graduating NAU students at NAU News.
Recent graduate Morgan Andrews (Environmental Sciences 2019) won the award for best poster in the applied research category at the annual national meeting for Freshwater Science in Salt Lake City, Utah, in May. Andrews started researching aquatic ecosystems in her junior year, and was supported by a Hooper Undergraduate Research Award working with Dr. Rebecca Best. She is now an intern with the United States Geological Survey working on salmon population health. See Morgan’s Student Spotlight in NAU News.
Alum Wes Swaffar has forged a unique partnership between the National Forest Foundation, where he is reforestation and partnership director, and Anheuser-Busch. Every purchase of the company’s newest brew will go towards reforestation in National Forests across the US. For his work on forest restoration, he’s also the company’s first #Cervezas4YourService honoree – Congrats Wes! Read more at the Missoulian.
School of Earth & Sustainability professor Rebecca Best, along with Co-PIs from the Department of Biological Sciences at NAU and the Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research , have received a new NSF grant to study the evolutionary origins and ecological consequences of “flexibility” in the way cottonwood trees at the heart of riparian ecosystems respond to stresses. By investigating the history and future of climate stresses and insect attacks, these professors, postdocs, and students hope to contribute better predictive power to organizations working on the restoration of healthy river ecosystems in the Southwest. Read more at NAU News.