Research

Expanding the Boundaries of Knowledge

Northern Arizona University is committed to expanding the boundaries of knowledge through research. Widely recognized as the major research university producing basic and applied knowledge that addresses the challenges of the interior western United States, the NAU research enterprise also boasts strengths in bioengineering and biosciences, genetics and genomics, ecology and environmental research, forestry, sustainability, climate science, astronomy, and Native American health and wellness.
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Research News

Balancing Carbon Storage with Endangered Species Habitat 3/17/15
A team of scientists, including NAU biology professors Bruce Hungate and George Koch, developed a forest simulation model to evaluate . . . read more

Magic Tricks Depend on a Misdirection of Attention 3/16/15 
There is a reason why audiences can't figure out magic tricks.  It is the illusionist's deliberate misdirection . . . read more

Narrow-headed Gartersnakes Find a Home at NAU 3/9/15
NAU is starting a new housing construction project, but not the kind you might think. It is building an on-campus vivarium . . . read more

Landscape Models of Space Use by Bighorn Sheep 3/3/15
A group of research scientists from NAU's Landscape Conservation Initiative studied the seasonal home ranges of bighorn sheep and identified . . . read more

NAU Study Discovers Power of Art-Making on Mood 2/26/15
For people who work with textiles to create art, whether it's knitting, quilt making, or needlework, it is likely . . . read more

African Lake Gives NAU Researcher Insight into Abrupt Climate Shifts 2/18/15
Sediment samples explain how Africa changed from a humid environment . . . read more