Research

Research excellence at UNH reaches from the uncharted ocean depths to the edge of our solar system and the Earth we call home. Powered by more than $100 million in competitive external funding, UNH research produces high-impact results that transform lives, solve global challenges and drive economic growth through productive partnerships with communities and businesses.

Research on the Edge

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Edge of the Solar System

Here Comes the Sun

UNH contributes to NASA's first mission to the Sun

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Exploring the Seafloor

Exploring the Seafloor

No one dives deeper to understand our planet

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Excellence in Ecology

Excellence in Ecology

UNH ranks second nationally in ecological research, scholarship

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Living Bridge

Living Bridge

Our engineering researchers have made Memorial Bridge a showcase for smart infrastructure

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Recent Research

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Not Taking the Plunge

Not Taking the Plunge

Climate change hinders fun on the lake, UNH study finds

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Trees as Therapy?

Trees as Therapy?

Wilderness therapy is more effective than traditional treatment for adolescents

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Researcher Yaning Li holding a small square model

Inspired by Nature

Inspired by Nature

New research looks to seed coats for new "smart" materials

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SPARK 2018

UNH's annual review of research and the impact it has on our lives

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Get the facts

Plasma Physics

Top 3

UNIVERSITIES IN SPACE PLASMA PHYSICS

 

Ecology Leaf icon

Ranked 2nd

in North America for Ecology Research

 

Satellites

20+

NASA SATELLITES WITH UNH INSTRUMENTS

 

Funding

Top 20%

NATIONWIDE IN RESEARCH FUNDING

 

URC

1850

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS IN 2016

Fields of Research

  • Climate Change Research

    Climate Change

    From the Arctic Circle to our New Hampshire backyards, UNH research is helping understand, mitigate and adapt to a new climate future.

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  • Ocean Research

    Oceans

    With expertise in ocean mapping, estuarine science and ocean engineering, the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering is among the top in the nation.

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  • Space Research

    Space

    UNH is a leader in understanding and exploring space, from the Earth's magnetosphere to the local solar system and out to the farthest reaches of the universe.

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  • Earth Research

    Earth & Environment

    Ranked among the top universities in publication impact in geoscience and forestry, UNH research helps us understand and protect our environment.

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  • Vulnerable Populations Research

    Vulnerable Populations

    People with disabilities, victims of sexual assault and crimes against children, and rural populations are among those who benefit from new knowledge created at UNH.

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Global Research

  • UNH professor Jeannie Sowers
    Iraq

    Political scientist Jeannie Sowers researches the impact of war on water in the Middle East.

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  • Caribbean
    Curacao

    With two new grants, UNH researchers shed light on sponges' importance to coral reefs.

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  • Geologists in Wyoming
    Wyoming, USA

    Warming planet, shrinking mammals.

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  • researcher on a tower in Denali Park
    Denali National Park

    The Arctic is the globe's refrigerator, and UNH researchers want to know who left the door open.

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  • colorful map of Michigan
    Michigan

    Interdisciplinary research sheds new light on Michigan's mysterious monuments.

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  • Costa Rica
    Costa Rica

    UNH seniors design affordable, sustainable aquaponic system.

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  • Greenland
    Petermann Gletscher, Greenland

    UNH research scientist shares his expedition to the Petermann Glacier of northwest Greenland.

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  • Sweden
    Sweden

    UNH research finds Northern lakes are major contributors of greenhouse gases.

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Institutes & Centers

More than 50 centers and institutes leverage UNH’s research strengths to make major contributions, from launching satellites to preventing campus sexual assault.

Prevention Innovations Research Center

Prevention Innovations Research Center

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Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, & Space

Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, & Space

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Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping

Center for Coastal & Ocean Mapping

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Faculty Honors

Larry Mayer sits on a dock with a research vessel behind him

National Academy Honor

National Academy Honor

CCOM and Marine School director Larry Mayer elected to National Academy for Engineering.

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Researcher Meghan Howey in the field, shoveling

Meet a Researcher

Meet a Researcher

Video insights into some of UNH's most investigatory minds.

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Excellence

Recognizing the many faculty who have received honors and awards.

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