American Bushtit at Carpinteria salt marsh

Extinction cascading through ecosystems could spell trouble for humans

March 11, 2021

Ecosystem services might be more vulnerable to extinction than previously thought, new study finds.

White Wagtail Photo

Scientists uncover blueprints for avian plumage architecture

Feb. 18, 2021

New research sheds light on the genetic underpinnings of plumage for prominent Eurasian bird

bird collage

New genomes provide insight into bird evolution

Nov. 11, 2020

Researchers from across the globe have helped sequence the genomes of 363 bird species as part of the Bird 10,000 Genome Project.

aquatic communities

Expert on ‘dark side of biology’ gets high honor

Oct. 29, 2020

Pieter T.J. Johnson, new college professor of distinction, focuses on ‘profound threats’ of species invasion and emerging diseases.

Apple trees

Prof strives to blunt climate and biodiversity crises

Oct. 28, 2020

Katharine Suding, college professor of distinction, says science teaching can connect with students when it includes the ‘spark of exploration and the excitement of the unknown.'

Common ringlet spots

The common ringlet's lessons on species boundaries

Oct. 28, 2020

A minimum of 21 subspecies have been described, usually geographically separated but sometimes with geographic ranges sharing a border Butterflies flitted among flowers beside South Boulder Creek, in Boulder's greenbelt near the town of Marshall. Common ringlets, Coenonympha tullia , had caught my attention, and I was stalking one, trying...

Prickly Poppy Paid

Prickly poppies attract pollinators while deterring herbivores

Oct. 13, 2020

Prickly poppies are distinguished from other species in the genus Argemone by the lack of spines on the upper sides of leaves Prickly poppies, Argemone polyanthemos , were abundant and in full bloom along the Degge Trail in the greenbelt north Boulder. I enjoyed examining the blooms to see the...

Fish in an ocean

The pace of environmental change can doom or save coral reefs

Sept. 30, 2020

Increasing fishing too quickly can cause coral reef ecosystems to collapse, new CU Boulder-led research finds.

larva

Scientists identify gene family key to unlocking vertebrate evolution

Sept. 16, 2020

New CU Boulder-led research finds the traits that make vertebrates distinct from invertebrates were made possible by the emergence of a new set of genes 500 million years ago.

Antlion adult

Engineers of the mysterious pit traps

Sept. 16, 2020

They are secretive and cryptic, but you can see them if you know what to look for What causes those conical divots in the soft, dry soil beneath large conifers in the mountains and at the bases of cliffs on the Colorado Plateau? They presented a mystery when I first...

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