Research centers and institutes
More than 30
university-funded research institutes and centers give faculty and students the
research that impacts our environment and our communities
to the economic development within our state
Amino Acid Geochronology Laboratory
The AAGL is dedicated to
estimating the ages of Quaternary (< 2 million years old) deposits by
analyzing the extent of racemization of amino acids preserved within carbonate
fossils. The lab uses both conventional ion-exchange and reverse-phase ion
exchange liquid chromatographs for separating and detecting amino acids. The
lab is supported in part as a shared facility by the National Science
AzTrans: The Arizona
Center for Applied Transportation Research
research projects that implement alternative ways for municipalities to more
efficiently measure traffic flow, utilizing the latest automated technology.
Center for Bioengineering Innovation (CBI)
The mission of the Center
for Bioengineering Innovation is to build Northern Arizona University’s
capacity to produce nationally recognized basic science discoveries in the area
of bioengineering; to transform these discoveries into applications that
improve lives and foster economic growth in Arizona and beyond; and to provide
cutting-edge training in bioengineering research for undergraduates, graduate
students, and post-doctoral scholars who will join the biotechnology workforce.
By providing leadership, collaboration, mentoring and infrastructure, the
Center will accelerate NAU’s progress toward these goals.
Center for Microbial Genetics & Genomics (MGGen)
MGGen carries out research
on dangerous pathogens, such as anthrax, plague and tularemia, which are
important to biodefense and initiate new research efforts in environmental
genetics and genomics as they relate to infectious diseases and ecosystem
Center for Applied
Research and Environmental Endocrinology (CAREE)
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Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (Ecoss)
The Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (Ecoss) at Northern Arizona University seeks to understand ecosystems and how and why they change. The vision of Ecoss is to understand ecosystem function and change from the cell to the globe and their implications for future Earth.
Plateau Biodiversity Center
The CPBC cares for more
than 400,000 specimens in seven divisions of life sciences
collections. These collections support research and education in:
- conservation with
special emphases in
Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CPCESU)
The Colorado Plateau
Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CPCESU) is a cooperative network,
transcending political and institutional boundaries, which creates innovative
opportunities for research, education, and technical assistance in support of
the management and stewardship by partner agencies of the Colorado Plateau's
natural, cultural, and social resources.
Colorado Plateau Research Station (CPRS)
The Colorado Plateau
Research Station is a joint USGS and NAU biological research organization. Its
mission is to provide high-quality, objective science to support sound
management of natural resources, with a focus on Department of Interior lands.
Major areas of research include:
management and dissemination
and monitoring studies
Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI)
The Ecological Restoration Institute works to help land management agencies and communities by providing comprehensive focused studies, monitoring and evaluation research, and technical support.
Electron Microscope Facility
The Imaging and Histology
Core Facility provides imaging services to faculty, undergraduate and graduate
students, along with our industry partners. This is accomplished through
excellence in education, research, mentoring, and technology.
Environmental Genetics & Genomics Facility (EnGGen)
The Environmental Genetics
and Genomics Facility is a multi-user research laboratory designed for diverse
biological applications. This high-throughput laboratory is a regional resource
center that supports molecular genetic analyses and training across a wide user
base including regional academic, government and private institutions.
Imaging and Histology Core Facility
The facility consists of:
transmission electron microscope (JEOL 1200EX II)
scanning electron microscope (LEO 425VP)
McBain Instruments Confocal Microscope
ancillary equipment for specimen fixation and preparation, including
Informatics and Computing Program (ICP)
The Informatics and Computing Program at Northern Arizona University is aimed at building interdisciplinary research capacity and future innovation in the intersection of computational science with engineering, the natural and social sciences, the arts, and business.
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP)
ITEP was created to act as
a catalyst among tribal governments, research and technical resources at the
university various federal, state and local governments, and the private
sector, in support of environmental protection of Native American natural
Landscape Conservation Initiative (LCI)
Conservation Initiative forges new solutions to environmental challenges
through a three-pronged approach:
applied biological science, collaborative planning, and field-based
Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research (MPCER)
The Center promotes
interdisciplinary, environmental research centered on the Colorado Plateau. We
foster collaborations among scientists, land-managers, and educators from
public and private sectors to:
- Understand the basic
ecological principles and major environmental factors, including human
influences that impact ecosystems throughout the globe
- Apply scientific
knowledge for the development of effective strategies that will maintain intact
ecosystems and restore degraded and altered environments
Institute for Climate Change Research (NICCR)
The Western Regional Center
of the National Institute for Climatic Change Research (NICCR) is one of four
regional Centers sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of
Biological and Environmental Research. The WRC/NICCR facilitates climatic
change research in the western United States through the periodic solicitation
of proposals for research projects to be funded by DOE.
Native American Cancer Research
The partnership’s premise
is that a sustainable solution to cancer disparities among Native Americans
must be rooted in the communities.
Sedimentary Records of EnvironmentalChange Laboratory
The laboratory analyzes
physical, biological and isotopic properties of sediment to interpret past
environmental and climate changes. The laboratory specializes in analyzing
sedimentary biogenic-silica content, particle-size distribution, and magnetic
susceptibility. Laboratory personnel have expertise in taxonomic
identifications of freshwater ostracodes.
Teaching and Research Machine Shop
With more than 3,000 projects completed in 20 years, the CEFNS Teaching & Research Machine Shop is the place to bring your ideas for research, lab, or field-oriented equipment fabrication. The shop provides design consultation and fabrication using a variety of materials and machining services, including milling, grinding, welding, lathe work, and cutting of all types of materials. Materials include wood, plastics, steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and brass.
Networks Research Laboratory
The Wireless Laboratory is involved in research on
human-cyber-physical systems with a focus on wireless sensor networks for
environmental and ecosystems monitoring.