Ecology And Evolutionary Biology


Treehoppers’ environments are defined by their host species

July 21, 2017

An amplectic pair of treehoppers, Telamona monticola, was on a CU sidewalk beneath a swamp oak tree, Quercus bicolor. I surmised that they tumbled from the tree while delicately adjusting their positions. I collected the treehoppers to photograph them and 7 hours later they were still amplectic; the literature reports a pair that persisted for over 27 hours. T. monticola feed on the sap of a wide variety of oaks from North Dakota to Maine and from Nevada to Florida.Read more »

Inside the Greenhouse, climate discourse cools down

July 7, 2017

Professors in theatre, biology and environmental studies team up to focus on creatively communicating climate science through the arts and social sciences.Read more »

Geographer helps document changing climate’s disruption of migratory birds

June 20, 2017

Climate change is altering tree-leafing dates faster than birds are adapting, researchers find.Read more »
Biological Control: Perspectives for Maintaining Provisioning Services in the Anthropocene

Integrated Pest Management

Dec. 20, 2016

The book deals with the present state and problems of integrated pest management as relating to stakeholder acceptance of IPM and how integrated pest management can become a sustainable practice.Read more »

Federally produced cannabis for research does not reflect potency, diversity of legal markets

Nov. 14, 2016

Strains of cannabis available for federally funded studies lag well behind recreational markets in both potency and diversity, potentially compromising the validity of research into the drug’s effects.Read more »
Colorado barn swallow pair in flight. Photo by Matthew R Wilkins.

Mate choices of barn swallows tied to diverging appearances

Aug. 15, 2016

If you are a male barn swallow in the United States or the Mediterranean with dark red breast feathers, you’re apt to wow potential mates. But if you have long outer tail feathers in the United States, or short ones in the Mediterranean, the females may not be so impressed.Read more »
Restoration of the extinct short-faced bear (Arctodus simus). Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Climate big player in Patagonian ice age mammal extinction 12,000 years ago

June 17, 2016

A study led by the University of Adelaide and including the University of Colorado Boulder indicates giant ice age-era mammals that roamed Patagonia until about 12,300 years ago were finally felled by a rapidly warming climate, not by a sudden onslaught of the first human hunters.Read more »
Helping students and imperiled wildlife, one at a time

Helping students and imperiled wildlife, one at a time

April 28, 2016

An evolutionary biologist, Professor Andrew Martin has long been involved in genetic studies and conservation efforts on behalf of wildlife in peril, from greenback cutthroat trout and great white sharks to desert pupfish and prairie dogs.Read more »
The greenhouse on the roof of the Ramaley Biology building is partly obscured from view at ground level. Up on the roof, it enjoys the full benefit of those famous 300 days of Boulder sunshine annually. Photo by Laura Kriho.

Greenhouses grow better students, biologists say

Feb. 17, 2016

In the oasis of greenhouses on campus, biology students can make cutting-edge scientific advances, while surrounded by tropical plants in a tranquil setting, where the only sounds you hear are the soft whirring of fans, the rustling of leaves and the occasional gentle drips of water. Here, students learn firsthand knowledge about plant diversity, plant anatomy, morphology, evolutionary relationships, plant-animal interactions, pollination biology and more.Read more »
CU research IDs new strategy to fight species extinction

CU research IDs new strategy to fight species extinction

Dec. 3, 2015

The go-to-strategy for rescuing threatened species has long been to set aside tracts of healthy land to spread out in, and migration corridors that allow them to mix with other populations, gaining resilience via a broadened gene pool. Because habitat preservation isn’t always viable, introducing genetic diversity might keep threatened species viable, scientists find.Read more »