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Laurel Hartley and Students Collaborating on Long-Term High Line Project

July 14, 2022

A study along the 71-mile High Line Canal in Denver is creating data points on each new tree the project planted, to help understand the impacts of climate change, drought and pests. Co-led by Chrissy Alba, Assistant Research scientist in the Research and Conservation Department at Denver Botanic Gardens, and...

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Don't Swim in the South Platte Warns Alan Vajda

June 16, 2022

If you go to the Confluence on any given hot day, you may see people wading into the water. The city doesn’t recommend it, but there's no firm ban that’s enforced. Alan Vajda, Associate Professor of Integrative Biology, who has done academic research on the South Platte going back to...

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Russian Technologies Impacting Wildlife Tracking for Michael Wunder

March 31, 2022

Scientists are scrambling to find new space-based receivers for animal tags after a Russian-managed space station antenna has gone silent. The tags revealed some plovers are dying at midpoint migration stopovers, says the project’s director and Integrative Biology Professor, Michael Wunder. War halts project to track wildlife from space Science...

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Continuing to Understand Whitebark Pine Impacts with Diana Tomback

Aug. 19, 2021

Diana F. Tomback, Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, has made a career of whitebark pine research. Whitebark pine is “providing a food resource, for example, and a lot of different birds and small mammals will use the seeds. It’s protecting snowpack, which leads to more consistent downstream flow...

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Brian Buma Featured in National Geographic Magazine and Receives Grants to Study Colorado Wildfires

June 17, 2021

Assistant Integrative Biology Professor Brian Buma's explorations and research in southern Cape Horn were featured in National Geographic Magazine last month, highlighting the finding and documentation of the world's southernmost trees. These forests grow on the inhospitable island of Isla Hornos, one of the top 10 windiest places in the...

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Alaskan Rainforests are Impacted by Rising Temperatures According to Research from Brian Buma

April 1, 2021

The northeast Pacific coastal temperate rainforest in southeast Alaska can store more than 1,000 tons of carbon per hectare in biomass and soil. Across this region, glaciers are disappearing faster than most other places on the planet, and winter snowfall is turning into winter rain. “This is an incredible landscape...

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Historic Vote for Wolves in Colorado According to Diana Tomback

Nov. 12, 2020

Bringing gray wolves back to Colorado has the potential to help bridge gaps between packs in the Great Lakes, the Northern Rockies, and the West. That would lead to more genetic exchange and healthier future generations of wolves, according to Diana Tomback, Professor of Integrative Biology, who has also served...

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Brian Buma on Record Breaking Wildfires

Oct. 28, 2020

Scientists say that wildfires have become hotter, more intense and more destructive in recent years. In Colorado, the threat has also intensified as the fire season has grown longer. “This is exactly what we expect from climate change,” Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology Brian Buma said. “It’s not going to...

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Gregory Ragland’s New Research Looks into Fruit Flies’ Impeccable Timing

Sept. 30, 2020

Fruit flies have the uncanny ability to wake up from a months-long hibernation right when their food of choice is at its peak. A new study coauthored by Gregory Ragland, Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology, found many genes responsible for setting the fruit flies’ internal alarm clocks, and that an...

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Brian Buma Ventures to the World’s Southernmost Tree

July 22, 2020

“This is it,” says Brian Buma, Integrative Biology Assistant Professor. He’s draped head to toe in orange and black rain gear. Straddling hummocks, he re-checks his compass and mutters “cool.” Few things in the natural world can be identified as the true end, the last of a kind, the edge,...