A recent study co-authored by associate professor Matthew Bowker found important connections between grazing pressure on drylands and the ecosystem services they provide.
Tag: Center for Ecosystem Science and Society
How long does a tree or ecosystem remember a drought?
A team of NAU scientists, led by SICCS professor Kiona Ogle, won a $3.6 million grant from the NSF to study the legacy of extreme climate events on ecosystems in the American West; they hope to not only know how long an extreme event influences ecosystems but also figure out how to better forecast such effects.
Team awarded $2M NSF grant to teach virtual explorers about permafrost and Arctic climate change
The team, led by PI Deborah Huntzinger and co-PIs Michelle Mack and Victor Leshyk of Northern Arizona University, will create Polar Explorer, a tool that uses virtual reality to transport students to the Arctic.
Drought affects aspen survival decades later, new NAU study finds
Research specialist Melissa Boyd and Regents’ professor Michelle Mack from Northern Arizona University led the study, which demonstrated the long-term effects of climate change on this vegetation.
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.
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.
Earth to reach temperature tipping point in next 20 to 30 years, new NAU study finds
Postdoctoral scholar Katharyn Duffy led an international team that looked at 20 years of data from throughout the world and found that record-breaking temperates are contributing to a significant decrease in plants’ ability to absorb human-caused carbon emissions.
Fuels, not fire weather, control carbon emissions in boreal forest, new study finds
Northern Arizona University researcher Xanthe Walker is the lead author on research published this week that found that the amount of carbon stored in soils was the biggest predictor of how much carbon would combust and that soil moisture also was significant in predicting carbon release.
A tale of two understories: How mosses and climate are shaping the fate of nitrogen in the boreal
Northern Arizona University biology professor Michelle Mack is a senior author on the study, which demonstrates the invisible connections between trees and the dynamic understory of mosses and microbes that help govern their growth. Ecoss coordinator Victor Leshyk created the cover art for this month’s New Phytologist.