Diana Tomback and Students Speak at Colorado Wildlife Commission Meeting

March 16, 2023

Integrative Biology Professor Diana Tomback, along with Summer Merrell and Chariss Thexton (Biology undergraduate independent study students in the Tomback Forest Ecology Lab), attended the February Colorado Wildlife Commission meeting, at the Adams County Fairgrounds. This meeting was the last opportunity for public comment on the Draft Colorado Wolf Restoration...

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Mike Moore Chats Climate Impacts on Animal Mating Pressures

March 16, 2023

Showy traits like dark pigmentation on a dragonfly’s wings or a lion’s big, dark mane play a key role in how some animals choose a mate. New research suggests that climate change is making some classically attractive traits more difficult to pull off. Evolutionary Ecologist and Assistant Professor of Integrative...

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Diana Tomback on Genetic Resistance to Whitebark Rust as Hope for a Threatened Future

Jan. 19, 2023

Commenting on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s designation of whitebark pine as threatened with potential extinction, Diana Tomback, Biology Professor and Policy Director of the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation said, “We know how to find genetic resistance to white pine blister rust and there's a number of whitebark pine...

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Climate Change Impacting Mating Habits According to Michael Moore

Dec. 13, 2022

Michael Moore, Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology, studies dragonfly coloration and how it impacts sexual selection. But increasingly there is a twist: “We’re all realizing, ‘Oh, we need to be studying reproduction in addition to survival if we’re going to understand how organisms are going to respond to the climate...

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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...