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

Fighting Bark Beetles with Forest Fungus. NAU entomologist Rich Hofstetter will do anything to get rid of bark beetles. He's tried blowing their minds with Rock n' Roll and amplifying their own sounds to try and drive them crazy. Now, he's... read more

Migrant Experience Subject of New Art Installation. On the third floor of the Riles Building on the Northern Arizona University's north campus—home of the Martin-Springer Institute, visitors are confronted with an unsettling and provocative new art... read more

Fewer Social Relationships Can Lead to Depression. The research of Dr. Steven Barger, Professor of Psychological Sciences at NAU, underscores the importance of social relationships for health and well-being. In particular, he has found that people... read more

Grant to Support Ecological Restoration Research. The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and the NFL Foundation have awarded $205,000 to NAU's Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI) as part of the community campaign for Super Bowl XLIX...read more

Hopeful Thinking Can Lead to Enhanced Wellbeing. In her article in the December 2014 issue of International Journal of Wellbeing, lead author Laura Umphrey, Associate Professor in NAU's School of Communication,  investigates the relationship of... read more

Pioneering Analysis of Microbial Ecosystem. An international team of scientists from the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and the Luxembourg Center for Systems... read more