Dr. Anita Antoninka headshot

Other Appointments

Assistant Research Professor
School of Forestry
Northern Arizona University

Contact Information

Call: 928-523-2669

Email: Anita.Antoninka@nau.edu

Anita Antoninka, Ph.D.

Center for Adaptable Western Landscapes

Anita Antoninka is an affiliate of the Center for Adaptable Western Landscapes. She is also an assistant research professor in the School of Forestry. Anita’s area of interest is plant and soil ecology, with a current focus on dryland restoration. Mainly, she works on plant/soil interactions, with specific interest in biocrusts and mycorrhizae. She has authored or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications. Additionally, Anita has mentored 9 graduate students and numerous undergraduate students. She was awarded the School of Forestry’s Researcher of the Year for 2019.


  1. 2013-2015

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    University of Colorado, Boulder, and Northern Arizona University
  2. 2011

    Ph.D., Biology

    Northern Arizona University
  3. 2003

    B.S., Environmental Sciences

    Northern Arizona University

Professional Experience

  1. 2019-current
    Assistant Research Professor, School of Forestry
    Northern Arizona University
  2. 2017-2019
    Research Associate, School of Forestry
    Northern Arizona University
  3. 2015-2016
    Research Assistant, Senior; School of Forestry
    Northern Arizona University


  • 2019
    Researcher of the Year
    School of Forestry, Northern Arizona University
  • 2015-2017
    Research Fellowship
    JW Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis