Flowering plant aginst a solid background from the greenhouse

Greenhouses grow better students, biologists say

Feb. 17, 2016

In the oasis of greenhouses on campus, biology students can make cutting-edge scientific advances, while surrounded by tropical plants in a tranquil setting, where the only sounds you hear are the soft whirring of fans, the rustling of leaves and the occasional gentle drips of water. Here, students learn firsthand...

Pat Kociolek awarded Fullbright Fellowship

Feb. 10, 2016

The Fulbright program sends 800 U.S. faculty members and professionals abroad each year and is intended for candidates who wish to conduct research, teach or undertake a combination of both at an academic institution of their choice in a host country. Fellows lecture and conduct research in a wide variety...

Murder, they wrote... Plant forensic scientists help solve crimes

Feb. 3, 2016

Two EBIO Emeritus, Jane Bock and David Norris publish forensic plant science book expected to aid dectectives in solving crimes.

Amanda Hund, examining a barn swallow, captured in a net

Attractive males advertise clean territories

Feb. 1, 2016

Amanda Hund. I am a PhD student in EBIO working with Dr. Rebecca Safran. My research focuses on understanding how parasites may play an important role in how new species form. Specifically, I am interested in how parasites influence the evolution of sexual traits across closely related populations. To explore...

despite a power outage, Scott Taylor presents to a room of ASN members. Scott holds his laptop up for the crowd

Amanda Hund and Scott Taylor awarded at ASN meeting

Jan. 25, 2016

EBIO Graduate Student, Amanda Hund and Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Scott Taylor were both awarded at the American Society of Naturalists 2016 conference in Asilomar, CA which took place January 2016. Scott Taylor will be joining the EBIO faculty this coming Fall. Founded in 1883...

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2015 EBIO honor students

Dec. 17, 2015

The EBIO department's honors program offers select dedicated students the opportunity to peruse research interests, compile and defend a thesis paper. Several papers are accepted and published in respected scientific journals. the department's 2015 honors students are highlighted below. Interested in graduating with honors? Check out our Honors Program !...

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Degradation of biocrusts in the desert southwest

Dec. 10, 2015

Scott Ferrenberg and Sasha Reed, EBIO alumni, have published the findings of a 15-year experiment in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This study focused on biocrusts, and how increased precipitation and increased temperature cause these crusts to degrade and die. They also examined the difference between this kind...

EBIO Staff and faculty standing outside ketchum

Ketchum Renovation

Dec. 10, 2015

Ketchum Arts & Sciences is a four-story building in the heart of campus. Designed by Charles Klauder and constructed in 1938, it is considered one of the best examples of the Tuscan Vernacular architecture on the CU Boulder campus. EBIO has held classes in Ketchum for years, notably, Ecology, GenBio...

Students holding their dyed scarves.

Innovative Courses: Insect Biology (EBIO 4660/5660)

Dec. 8, 2015

Students from Insect Biology (EBIO 4660/5660, taught by Deane Bowers and Tim Szewczyk) lab dyeing silk (produced by caterpillars of the silk moth, Bombyx mori ) with a dye made from cochineal insects (a small white scale insect that feeds on prickly pear cactus). The dark pink is from the...

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A changing season means a changing diet for bison

Dec. 1, 2015

November 25, 2015 • Natural Sciences North American bison adjust their diet seasonally in order to take full advantage of the growing season when grasses become less nutritious, researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have discovered. The findings of a new study indicate that bison are not entirely reliant...