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… Read more
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… Read more
Project Director Karin Wadsack is working with multiple federal agencies and the Navajo Nation on a new grant focused on diversifying economic opportunities after the closing of the Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine in 2019. Read more in NAU News.
How much is a tree worth? Julie Mueller is going to find out. Mueller, an associate professor in The W. A. Franke College of Business and School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability (SESES), was awarded a $185,000 grant from the U.S. Geological Survey to measure the economic value a forest ecosystem in northern New Mexico provides. This project takes into account a variety of benefits a healthy forest provides to surrounding areas, including cleaner air, water for municipal and agricultural use and… Read more
Professors Teki Sankey and Abe Springer received a new grant from the The Nature Conservancy to study how reduced canopy closure following thinning of ponderosa pine forests affects snow infiltration. Read all about it at NAU News.