The roots of most plants form symbioses with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), and harnessing these symbioses could reduce irrigation and fertilizer inputs for more sustainable production of many crops, including biofuel sorghum. Regents’ Professor Nancy Johnson in the School of Earth & Sustainability was awarded $1.3 million to collaborate with researchers at the University of Georgia to study the beneficial associations between biofuel… Read more
NAU SES scientists are using drones, seismometers, cameras and more to study the aftermath of Museum Fire. This NSF-funded research is critical to understanding flooding potential and debris flows on a disturbed landscape. Plus major bonus, the article in the Daily Sun is written by one of our amazing local geology alums, John Noll!
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… 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