Northern Arizona University

Scientists are concerned that soil in the Southwest is drying out and blowing away from climate change. Flagstaff-based ecologist Matt Bowker believes the key to protecting it lies in the biocrust, or top layer. He calls it "Earth's living skin", and he's growing it in a lab at Northern Arizona University.

Earth Notes: The Tarantula Hawk Wasp

Oct 26, 2016
Dyer Lytle

On Halloween, all you ghosts and goblins will want to beware of the beautiful but deceiving  lady, the tarantula hawk wasp. She’s dressed up in shining blue-black with gossamer orange wings, her antennae elegantly curled.

Iain Emmons

When the Slide Fire hit Oak Creek Canyon in 2014, biologists were gravely concerned for the resident population of threatened narrow-headed gartersnakes. 

Ryan Heinsius

Recent polls show a dead heat in Arizona between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. That has Democrats hopeful for a win in the historically red state. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, Clinton’s former rival, Senator Bernie Sanders, campaigned for her yesterday in Flagstaff. 

NASA STS-60 Shuttle Mission

A four-year project led by Northern Arizona University will examine how political boundaries can create ecological differences. Researchers will look at the edges between national parks and nearby land … from space.