NAU faculty in Biological Sciences and the School of Earth and Sustainability have recently published research showing that plant traits such as plant height and dispersal ability have impacted their ability to move across the landscape in response to 10,000 years of changing climate conditions. How can we know this about the past? Packrat middens! Read the NAU News story or jump straight to the research article.
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Intentionally introduced tamarisk beetles do a great job of beating back invasive tamarisk along Arizona’s rivers, but what does this mean for the habitat available to endangered flycatchers? Matt Johnson explains the need for follow-up plantings of native trees and shrubs to fill the hole left by the beetles. Read the AP story here.
School of Earth & Sustainability professor Mike Smith is studying past climate warming to learn about the future. Smith is part of a new multidisciplinary study involving eight institutions and a multimillion-dollar National Science Foundation grant. Read more at NAU News.
“Phoenix residents are willing to pay for forest restoration projects that protect the Salt and Verde watersheds, but they value some benefits of restoration more than others.” Read more about the latest School of Earth & Sustainability water research at KNAU.
Take a video trip out to the Grand Canyon with School of Earth & Sustainability hydrogeologist Abe Springer! Featured in NAU News.