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Brian Buma Researches the Timeline for Wildfires in the West and the Impact of Mudslides

March 5, 2020

After a wildfire in the West, the same terrain could burn again in as soon as 10 to 20 years, according to a new study looking at nearly 30 years of wildfires from California to Colorado – including the biggest wildfire in Colorado's history (the 2002 Hayman Fire, which burned...

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Brian Buma Looks at the Increasing Impacts of Fire

Feb. 5, 2020

Assistant Integrative Biology Professor Brian Buma, whose research is providing important information on how ecosystems can recover after fires, says, “If you’re going to put a house in the middle of the woods, you have to think about how those woods are going to burn. It’s a great opportunity to...

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Diana Tomback continues as an expert on whitebark pine restoration and wolves returning to Colorado

Jan. 22, 2020

Following the news that wolves may be returning to Colorado of their own accord, Diana F. Tomback, Professor of Integrative Biology, told Newsweek , "Wolves are legally endangered species in Colorado, and protected by law. However, this pack ranges near the border of two states that do not have legal...

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Brian Buma weighs in on local fire dynamics and Alaskan logging

Oct. 23, 2019

“Logging not only reduces the forest’s ability to store carbon and the number of trees, it disrupts the soil badly,” Brian Buma, Integrative Biology Assistant Professor, recently told VICE News in a conversation about Alaska. He also recently spoke about the effects of wildfires locally, saying “The problem is, we...

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Alan Vajda advises you think before you eat fish from the South Platte

June 18, 2019

Integrative Biology Associate Professor Alan Vajda is one researcher who said there’s more to consider before eating fish from the South Platte. “Mercury is far from being the only concern to fish health,” he said. “Even if wastewater treatment plants were doing everything they could do to remove 100 percent...

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Tomback on wolf reintroduction in Colorado

Nov. 15, 2018

Integrative Biology Professor Diana Tomback said, "There are compelling practical reasons for restoring the gray wolf to Colorado. The 'balance of nature' is not just a poetic catch phrase; it refers to a real ecological state." She will speak at the Durango Wolf Symposium at Fort Lewis College this month...

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Tomback on 1988 Yellowstone fires

Sept. 20, 2018

"The fires were good for Yellowstone," said Integrated Biology Professor Diana Tomback. "There is no one who thinks the Yellowstone fires were harmful." A summer of fire and then ... rebirth Deseret News , Sept 8

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Tomback on righting past wrongs to wolves

Feb. 1, 2018

Professor in Integrative Biology Diana Tomback works with the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project on efforts to reintroduce wolves to ecosystems. Tomback acknowledges that part of this process means reckoning with the past, when ranchers drove wolves out of the Central Rockies. "It's time to make it right, but also to...

Miller comments on CRISPR limitations

Jan. 18, 2018

A chicken-and-egg problem: "Every PCR primer is designed based on a previous sequence out there," says Chris Miller, Integrated Biology Assistant Professor, who is not involved in the study. "PCR primer bias is big." A New Way to Find the Tree of Life's Missing Branches The Atlantic , Jan 8

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Tomback on introducing wolves back to Colorado

Dec. 14, 2017

A photographic exhibit that advocates the reintroduction of wolves into western Colorado will debut this Saturday at the Aspen Airport. According to Diana Tomback, Professor of Integrative Biology and a member of the science advisory committee for the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project, which is sponsoring the event, the exhibit serves a two-fold, inter-related purpose.