temple sun

Saltbush evolved to filter dust from wind to form mounds

Sept. 28, 2022

The wind that sculpts the stones also conspires with plants to transform a valley floor to a landscape of mounds with embedded plants.

Researcher throwing black sand

To study impacts of longer, hotter summers, ecologists haul 5,000 pounds of sand up a mountain

Sept. 16, 2022

An annual experiment based out of CU Boulder’s century-old Mountain Research Station aims to measure the effects of warming temperatures and faster snowmelt on alpine ecosystems by coating snowpack with thousands of pounds of black sand.

fitweed

Fitweed nectar attracts pollinators and nectar robbers

Sept. 14, 2022

Surprisingly, the robbers might have little to no effect on fitweed and might even benefit the plant.

The Chihuahuan Meadowlark

Meet the Chihuahuan Meadowlark

Aug. 24, 2022

CU Boulder undergraduate’s honors thesis leads to the official recognition of the Chihuahuan Meadowlark as a distinct species.

moth

Caterpillars resembling bird defecations take wing as Weidemeyer's admirals

Aug. 24, 2022

Like the homely, warty toad transformed by a kiss to an enchanting prince, embarrassing excremental smears and lumps of who-knows-what metamorphose into delicate and lovely butterflies.

Pearl Street in Boulder

City, university team up to study urban heat island effect

Aug. 23, 2022

City of Boulder plans to use CU Boulder data to study the effect of trees on urban heat for climate-mitigation planning.

Kudzu taking over a landscape

Plants from abroad can be a boon and a bane, expert says

Aug. 18, 2022

Professor Deane Bowers to discuss ‘Globalization’s consequences for plant-insect interactions and the planet’s wellness’; event is the first of a series on wellness this academic year.

moth

Achemon sphinx moths' range is shrinking

Aug. 9, 2022

No doubt about it, sphinx moths are extraordinary; extinction is forever, and it would be tragic to lose such a remarkable group of moths.

Bison on the Kanza prairie in Kansas

Oft-overlooked grasslands build biodiversity, resilience over centuries

Aug. 5, 2022

The restoration of grassland ecosystems may need more of a guided, hands-on approach over time, according to a new review of global conservation efforts

Minnesota Tall Grass Prairie

Ecologist recognized for cutting-edge work on big environmental problems

July 20, 2022

CU Boulder Assistant Professor Laura E. Dee named an Ecological Society of America Early Career Fellow, which reflects her contributions so far and yet to come.

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