researcher observing pine beetles

Listening to Colorado's Ecology

A look at the implications of climate change on Colorado’s mountain species, with a special focus on the pika and pine beetle. Part of the series "Climate and Colorado's Future," co-produced by the Office of University Outreach at the University of Colorado Boulder, Sovereign Pictures, and Landlocked Films.

Jeff Mitton

How The Bark Beetle is Destroying Our Forests

Professor Mitton, University of Colorado Boulder ,explains how climate change has resulted in the exponential growth of the bark beetle population, and how it is destroying the pine forests of North America.

Liesl Peterson Erb

The Effects of Climate Change on Colorado Pika

Liesl Peterson Erb is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department. Her research focuses on the impacts of climate change on pikas in the southern Rocky Mountains. This lecture highlights the reasons pikas are sensitive to climate change and why we...

Jeff Lukas

The Long View: Part One

Trees record their growth in rings that show the ups and downs of climate over the years and centuries, providing us with valuable information that can help us prepare for the future. In this video, Jeff Lukas from the Western Water Assessment explores how through the methods of dendrochronology, or...

Jeff Lukas

The Long View: Part Two

Trees record their growth in rings that show the ups and downs of climate over the years and centuries, providing us with valuable information that can help us prepare for the future. In this video, Jeff Lukas from the Western Water Assessment explores how through the methods of dendrochronology, or...

Thomas Veblen

Fire In The Mountains

Professor Thomas Veblen explains fire history and forest dynamics in Colorado, with a focus on the 2010 Fourmile Canyon fire.

Professor Mitton

Birds, Beetles and Other Forest Friends and Foes

Professor Mitton discusses the role climate change has played in creating the mountain pine beetle epidemic. Small shifts in climate have expanded the geographic range in which pine beetles can thrive and extended their life cycle from one generation per year to two. He also explains a surge in the...

Pine beetle tree damage

Colorado’s Forests and the Pine Beetle Epidemic

Researchers explain the connection between the unprecedented mountain pine beetles epidemic and climate change in Colorado.

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Forest Health, Wildfire and Your Home

Learn about historic forest management in the American west and how it is effecting current wildfire regimes in forests close to residential areas.