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.
Research in the News
Biologists interested in where biodiversity comes from and how it matters for ecosystem functioning are increasingly interested in the way evolution connects these two questions. Recent work on trait divergence in Swiss stickleback fish combines both processes in a single experiment. The paper by Rebecca Best and colleagues at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology was published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, and highlighted in this recent feature on rapid evolution, available on Nature.com.
SES Professor Scott Anderson is part of an international team searching for secrets of Norway’s history in lake mud. Read more about their preliminary discoveries of human and environmental history at NAU News.
Master’s student Casey Jones and Professor Abe Springer have used dyes to trace the long and winding road that precipitation and snowmelt takes from sinkholes on the Kaibab Plateau to the iconic springs of the Grand Canyon. Read more in the Arizona Daily Sun.
Research published recently in Geophysical Research Letters and highlighted in Science shows that rock type dominating inland watersheds has a big impact on the probability of cutting submarine canyons when eroded sediment reaches the coast. Read about the research led by Mike Smith here.
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