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California is burning and Gregory Simon knows why

Nov. 5, 2019

This episode of the One Planet series, by San Francisco public radio 91.7FM, explores the causes and effects of the dozens of fires across the state of California over the past few weeks. Gregory Simon, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences (and the author of Flame...

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Amanda Weaver is excited about the next generation of agriculture

Oct. 23, 2019

Speakers at the Colorado Proud “Next Generation of Ag” symposium said technology, new partnerships, the growing demand for locally grown food, and hands-on education programs in schools are fueling enthusiasm. “It’s a little bit like the wild West right now, which is really exciting. There’s just so much innovation and...

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Rudi Hartmann addresses the ski industry on climate change

Sept. 10, 2019

Moderator Rudi Hartmann, Clinical Professor (C/T) in Geography and Environmental Sciences, will review ski resorts’ response to the parched seasons of 1976-77 and 1980-81. Through the Lens presentations feature notable scientists, athletes, and historians as they share stories and experiences that have helped shape Colorado’s rich snow sports heritage. The...

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The dangers and costs of rebuilding homes in fire-prone areas, according to Gregory Simon

Aug. 27, 2019

The prospect of additional tax revenue is a common incentive for cities to approve more housing in fire-prone areas, according to Gregory Simon, Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Sciences. “Why does fire rage on and become so costly and injurious and even deadly? That’s almost always a social thing,”...

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Lockley on latest dino track discovery

April 23, 2019

New research published in Scientific Reports is “the first report for any dinosaur of skin traces that cover entire footprints, and every footprint in a trackway,” according to the authors of the new paper. The little dino walked across a thin layer of fine mud that was similar to “a...

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Simon on future fire planning

April 9, 2019

“Our concern should be elevated,” said Geography and Environmental Sciences Associate Professor Gregory Simon, who studies fire response plans. “Communities have encroached upon areas that were already susceptible to fires, but now they are happening more frequently and with more intensity.” With Firestorms on the Rise, How Safe is Griffith...

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Simon on recent California wildfires

Nov. 29, 2018

“Fire moves several football fields a minute,” said Geography and Environmental Sciences Associate Professor Gregory Simon, who studies the impact of fire in established communities. In extreme conditions, he said, “If you’re not paying attention, you’re really screwed.” Lessons from Camp Fire: Staying alive in California fire country East Bay...

Lockley on newly discovered trove of ancient mammal tracks

Feb. 15, 2018

"The concentration of mammal tracks on this site is orders of magnitude higher than any other site in the world," said Martin Lockley, Emeritus Geology Professor, and co-author of a new paper on a find on the grounds of NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center. "I don't think I've ever seen a...

Simon on wildfire economics

Jan. 18, 2018

The nexus between fire hazard and economic pressures has been framed as a socioeconomic principle by Gregory L. Simon, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences. "We take profit from the landscape, big construction contracts, cities generating massive amounts of tax revenue," Simon said. "Simultaneously to generating...