Climate Sciences and Solutions MS student Maya Shimoni won an award for her poster at the Arizona Imaging and Microanalysis Society (AIMS) this spring. Maya has been working in a microscopy lab to create very high-quality images of insects that allow for improved species identification. This identification work improves the ability of scientists to… Read more
Ecology & Conservation
Across the Southwest, multiple Tribal Nations are working with the US Forest Service to strategize ways to protect and restore Emory oaks, a critical traditional food source that is vulnerable to drought and fire. One collaborator in this effort is SES plant ecologist Dr. Sara Souther, who recently co-authored a paper on the importance of ERead more
Dr. Clare Aslan is an Associate Professor in SES and co-director of the Center for Adaptable Western Landscapes. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a nonprofit organization that funds scientific research to help utility companies make sustainable decisions, has awarded Aslan and colleagues a $379,177 grant to study the potential for improving pollinator habitat in power line rights-of-way. The four-year study… Read more
NAU SES Research Professor Sara Souther is working with Apache Elders and the US Forest Service to help restore Emory Oak groves. Learn more in this KNAU piece about the partnership!
How do you assess a whole region’s plant life for extinction risk? Or use that information to protect unique floral biodiversity? Tune into this In Defense of Plants podcast with SES ecologist Dr. Helen Rowe for a discussion about how the IUCN SSC Sonoran Desert Plant Specialist Group is gathering data from community members and… Read more
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