Julie Volckens is OIEC director of assessment and helped Safran's lab create the survey.

Lab turns critical eye on itself, aims to retain diverse voices

Oct. 27, 2021

It’s said that a diversity of voices promotes a diversity of solutions, but retaining those diverse voices remains a challenge for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. A new project at the University of Colorado Boulder, though, hopes to target that need at the most accessible level: the lab...

The discovery of a rare three-species warbler hybrid suggests bird species in sharp decline are struggling to find suitable mates

Declining warblers making the best of bad situation

Oct. 27, 2021

A strange warbler found in a Pennsylvania backyard is the first-of-its-kind three-species hybrid, indicating nearby endangered warblers might be making the best of a declining population—but at a cost, according to new research from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the University of Colorado Boulder. With a mother that is...

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Interactive website immerses viewers in the world of barn swallows

Oct. 19, 2021

Avani Fachon, a CU undergraduate with a major in ecology and evolutionary biology and a minor in media production, has created an honors thesis project as a multimedia, interactive website titled Rituals of this Good Earth: An Exploration of Barn Swallow-Human Interconnections . She is a National Science Foundation Post...

The fact that the parasite has infected non-migratory chickadees is concerning because it's “a sign that it is already spreading,” Theodosopoulos says. A migratory bird can be infected anywhere along its journey, but the chickadees had to have contracted the disease locally. Until now, the only recorded North American birds with SGS1 were captive birds in New York and one wild, migratory tree swallow in Canada. Theodosopoulos speculates mosquitoes may have spread the disease from infected birds in zoos, whi

Introduced Avian Malaria Strain Found in Colorado Chickadees

Oct. 4, 2021

It's the first time this variant has been detected in a wild, non-migratory North American species, but there's no cause for alarm yet, experts say. When Angela Theodosopoulos began studying Colorado's Mountain and Black-capped Chickadees four years ago, her original goal was to research hybridization among the species and the...

News Feature Dr. Rebecca Safran honored during National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week, September 20-24

Sept. 27, 2021

NPAW is sponsored by the National Postdoctoral Association , of which all CU Boulder postdocs are members, to highlight the research, scholarly and creative contributions of postdocs. Outstanding Postdoc Awards This year’s Outstanding Postdoc Awards, reserved for postdocs excelling in research productivity, innovation, communication and leadership, are awarded to Drs...

Top: Lisa Corwin measures an apple tree on the CU Boulder campus. Middle: Lisa Corwin and two students shake an apple tree to retrieve samples for data collection. Bottom: Metal tags, which do not harm the trees, are used to tag and identify trees as part of the Boulder Apple Tree Project. (Credit: CU Boulder)

Participate in a historic (and tasty) science project this fall

Sept. 23, 2021

Fall means cooler temperatures, changing leaves and apples ready for the picking. This year, there is a bumper crop of ripe Delicious, Ben Davis and yet-to-be-identified fruits in and around Boulder thanks to a wet spring. For some, it may come as a surprise that apples can flourish along the...

Funk holding rosy finch in the field

Researchers solve puzzle of Colorado songbird’s evolution

Sept. 1, 2021

Mountains both help create new species and subspecies of the rosy finch and keep them distinct, according to new research from CU Boulder Speciation—how species come to be—and how species diverge are two of the most important aspects of biodiversity, yet the conditions upon which these processes occur remains a...

Medina-García poses with a budgerigar at the Wright Behavior Lab.

Behavioral ecologist finds parakeet’s intelligence helps in reproduction

Aug. 30, 2021

New research from CU Boulder sheds light on the cognitive functions of male ‘green parakeets’ or budgerigars On PetSmart’s website and in stores, the vibrant green, yellow, blue and white budgerigar, an Australian grassland bird, is listed as a “Green Parakeets” and is available for purchase for $39.99. The “parakeets”...

A chickadee getting food at one of the RFID-equipped feeders.

New grant to study life-and-death trait of chickadees

Aug. 30, 2021

CU Boulder and University of Nevada Reno professors win $2.7 million grant from the NSF to study spatial cognition in chickadees Spatial cognition—how space is perceived and remembered—is an incredibly important trait that can determine life or death for chickadees, yet not much is known about it or how it...

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Teen birdwatchers turn research into performance art

Aug. 30, 2021

The Side by Side project teaches high school students about local birds’ ecosystems through performative arts and scientific observation Barn swallows nesting under a bridge near CU Boulder’s East Campus swoop and dive for insects to feed their chicks, unconcerned by a group of high school students noting the birds’...