SES Research Professor Erika Nowak is featured on NAU News for her work on rattlesnakes and gartersnakes, and discusses how the threats we pose to them far outweigh their danger to us. Read the article here or learn more about Dr. Nowak’s research program.
Seniors Joe Sweet and Sarah Emily Grams recently wrapped up their year of research as NAU/NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Research Internship Program, and are featured in the student spotlight of NAU News today. Joe worked on remote sensing of aquatic habitats in Arizona with Rebecca Best and Dan Buscombe, while Sarah worked on carbon storage in grazed and ungrazed grasslands with Nancy Johnson and Megan Deane. Both presented at the NAU UGRADS research symposium and at the Arizona Space Grant Statewide Symposium in Tucson. Thanks Space Grant!
Undergraduate and graduate students in the School organized the 1st Annual Student Water Symposium at NAU this April, with support from faculty member Denielle Perry. Students also presented their work in the symposium, showcasing a wide range of water-related research, including work on climate change, conservation and restoration, and meteorology. The event also featured a strong public outreach component, with public panels and discussions highlighted in NAU News. Also catch Dr. Denielle Perry along with grad students Adrienne Soder and Mary Samar speaking about water on This is the Colorado Plateau.
Research featured in NAU News today shows that homeowners in Flagstaff value the kind of forest restoration that leads to decreased risk of forest fires. Julie, Mueller, Abe Springer, and Ryan Lima explain their approach.
From the NAU News article: “Mueller, whose research regularly looks at the economic value of forests and restoration, said this particular study is informing a research project she’s doing with the U.S. Geological Survey in Fort Collins, Colorado, that measures the value of attributes of watershed restoration in New Mexico. ‘We have strong evidence to show that restoration has significant positive benefits,’ Mueller said.”
Students in the Climate Science & Solutions Master’s program are helping to shape Flagstaff’s climate policy. From the article in Green NAU: “partnering with the CSS students was a tremendous help especially at the very beginning stages of defining a path towards a [Flagstaff’s First Climate Action and Adaptation Plan].”
New research from PhD student Bo Stevens and SESES Professor Nancy Johnson shows that symbiotic relationships between plants and fungi support a large part of the large mammal biomass in this iconic grassland ecosystem. Read more at NAU News.