Tree “Fitbits” Track Urban Growth, Flowering, More

May 17, 2022

CU Boulder study: trees outfitted with accelerometers could be the future of arborism, agriculture Low-cost “tree fitbits” can pinpoint the precise timing of tree activities, like spring bloom or autumn leaf change, according to a new CU Boulder study. Researchers outfitted two East Boulder ash trees with high-resolution accelerometers, efficiently...

Study area in California's Sierra Nevada mountains (Vladimir Pravosudov)

Can't Find Your Keys? You Need a Chickadee Brain

May 13, 2022

New research finds genetic link for spatial memory in Mountain Chickadees For the first time, researchers have shown that there is a genetic component underlying the amazing spatial memories of Mountain Chickadees. These energetic half-ounce birds hide thousands of food items every fall and rely on these hidden stores to...

Noah Fierer

Graduate School celebrates faculty with outstanding mentor awards

May 6, 2022

The Graduate School is pleased to recognize 18 dedicated faculty members who received this year’s outstanding faculty mentor awards. The nomination materials showcased their many contributions in mentoring graduate students and supporting the mission of graduate education. We appreciate their service and offer our heartfelt congratulations. 2022 outstanding mentor awardees...

Laura Dee

Dr. Laura Dee selected 2022 ESA Early Career Fellow

April 12, 2022

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) announced EBIO Assistant Professor Dr. Laura Dee among the 2022 Early Career Fellows. ESA's fellowship program recognizes the many ways in which its members contribute to ecological research and discovery, communication, education and pedagogy, and management and policy. Early Career Fellows are members within...

At the top of the page: The redpoll species previously recognized as Hoary (left), Common (center) and Lesser (right) are a single species (Drawings by Liz Clayton-Fuller).

Redpolls reflect continuous variation influenced by supergene in one species

March 11, 2022

As always, unexpected and important discoveries prompt new questions and suggest new lines of research Molecular genetic studies of species are giving us clearer, more precise views of the natural world around us. These sorts of studies have the greatest public impacts when they reveal that a familiar species is...

INSTAAR Assistant Professorship in Aquatic Ecology and/or Aquatic Biogeochemistry

Feb. 23, 2022

Requisition Number: 36595 Location: Boulder, Colorado Employment Type: Faculty Schedule: Full-Time Posting Close Date: 11-Mar-2022 Date Posted: 31-Jan-2022 Job Summary The Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research ( INSTAAR ) and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology ( EBIO ) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, (CU Boulder) invite applications...

The stump of the “Old Main Cottonwood” on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. The tree has been taken down after 140 years, but not before cuttings were taken so that clones of the tree can be propagated. The disc will be saved for artists as raw material.

CU was forced to cut down a famed 142-year-old tree. Clones will carry on its legacy

Feb. 2, 2022

Hart Van Denburg/CPR News John B. Clark, greenhouse director at CU Boulder’s ecology and evolutionary biology department, with cuttings from the “Old Main Cottonwood” that will be nurtured until large enough to be planted on campus. The tree has been taken down after 140 years. After living through two World...

Retired ‘free-range ecologist’ helps students become green ambassadors

Retired ‘free-range ecologist’ helps students become green ambassadors

Feb. 2, 2022

Professor emeritus was recently awarded an outreach grant to assist in community efforts to mitigate environmental degradation on the Front Range

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Historic “Old Main Cottonwood” slated for removal over Winter Break

Dec. 15, 2021

Planted in 1879 or 1880, the “Old Main Cottonwood” is the oldest and tallest tree on campus. At more than 140 years old, 110 feet tall and 19 feet in circumference at the base of the trunk, it has outlived and outgrown all other on-campus cottonwoods that were planted at...

Arctic Finch on Branch

Common arctic finches are all the same species

Dec. 6, 2021

New research from CU Boulder confirms that there are not, in fact, multiple species of Redpoll Finches, as previously thought By Cay Leytham-Powell • Published: Dec. 2, 2021 For birders struggling to figure out what kind of Redpoll they’re watching, new research from the University of Colorado Boulder says don’t...