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‘An Unexplored World Right Beneath Our Feet:’ Cave Ecologist on the Importance of Caves in Discussions on Conservation, Caves on Other Planets

Jut Wynne, director of NAU's Cave Ecology Lab, talks about cave health all the time. But during 2021, the International Year of Caves and Karst, he and other researchers are inviting the rest of us to consider all the ways these ecosystems...
15-Jun-2021 3:20 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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New study shows a few common bacteria account for majority of carbon use in soil

Just a few bacterial taxa found in ecosystems across the planet are responsible for more than half of carbon cycling in soils, according to new findingsfrom researchers at Northern Arizona University.
7-Jun-2021 2:10 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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NAU scientists: Bacterium causing deadly rabbit fever remains virulent for months in cold water

The study, led by biologist David Wagner, provides a plausible explanation for how Francisella tularensis can overwinter in the environment outside of a host.
28-May-2021 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Archaeologists teach computers to sort ancient pottery

Machine learns to categorize pottery comparable to expert archaeologists, matches designs among thousands of broken pieces
17-May-2021 12:45 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Only 17 percent of free-flowing rivers are protected, new research shows

New research published in special issue of Sustainability co-edited by NAU researcher finds that biodiversity commitments will be key to freshwater protection
12-May-2021 12:30 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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NAU team finds U.S. greenhouse gas emissions decline during COVID lockdown 3x greater than previously reported

The team of scientists built a reliable, real-time emissions estimate system to inform and correct public policy as the United States takes on a new pollution reduction target.
4-May-2021 3:20 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Donation from Teddy Roosevelt's great-granddaughter allows NAU to acquire historic Hat Ranch

The ranch in northern Arizona is a transition zone between piñon/juniper and ponderosa pine ecosystems and has a dynamic ecosystem where species are visibly shifting and responding to global environmental change. The donation allows for the land...
30-Apr-2021 1:40 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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In wild soil, predatory bacteria grow faster than their prey, NAU study shows

The study, led by Ecoss director Bruce Hungate and co-authored by many other NAU researchers, found that these predatory bacteria, which eat other bacteria, play an outsized role in how elements are stored in or released from soil.
29-Apr-2021 11:50 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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