Rebecca Safran receives Innovative Seed Grant

March 31, 2014

Congratulations to Rebecca Safran for receiving the Innovative Seed Grant Program award (IGP)! The size of the award is $49950. See the project summary below. CU innovative seed grant – project summary The overarching goal of the proposed research is to understand the interface between social behavior and parasite/pathogen transmission...

Student-professor collaboration could result in a better-fed astronaut.

March 16, 2014

As an undergrad studying ecology and evolutionary biology, Lizzie Lombardi found herself as one of the few “plant” people on a team of University of Colorado Boulder engineering students who were tasked with a lofty mission: build a robotic system that could garden in space. The aerospace engineering team was...

Tom Limieux

Five questions for Tom Lemieux CU: Boulder greenhouse manager says pay attention to your plants – and beware snakes

Feb. 20, 2014

While working for an agriculture biotech company in the San Francisco Bay area, Tom Lemieux had a couple of benches where he would keep his “weird” plants. But his job entailed growing corn, tomatoes and petunias for research, so there wasn’t much room for the plants he enjoyed. He was...

Aaron Hirsch

Five questions for Aaron Hirsh In writing, research associate takes literary look at human impact on environment

Feb. 13, 2014

The structure of some higher education institutions sometimes does not allow students to pursue dual passions. Such was the case with Aaron Hirsh, who loved biology and writing. Despite the “rules,” he found a way to combine his interests of writing and contributing to the project of working toward a...

CU-Boulder researchers lead breakthrough study on microbes in butterflies

Feb. 2, 2014

CU-Boulder researchers lead breakthrough study on microbes in butterflies Red postman butterfly ( Courtesy photo / University of Colorado ) The internal bacterial makeup of a butterfly species through its three major life stages has been genetically sequenced for the first time by a team led by a University of...

Toby Hammer publishes report on the internal bacterial makeup of butterflies

Jan. 31, 2014

For the first time ever, a team led by Toby Hammer at University of Colorado Boulder has sequenced the internal bacterial makeup of the three major life stages of a butterfly species, a project that showed some surprising events occur during metamorphosis. Congratulations on the publication of this exciting work!...

New CU-Boulder study shows differences in mammal responses to climate change.

Jan. 27, 2014

If you were a shrew snuffling around a North American forest, you would be 27 times less likely to respond to climate change than if you were a moose grazing nearby. That is just one of the findings of a new University of Colorado Boulder assessment led by Assistant Professor...

Sam Flaxman wins the Award of Excellence as an Outstanding Teacher for Technology in Teaching

Jan. 17, 2014

Congratulations to Sam Flaxman for being awarded an Award of Excellence as an Outstanding Teacher for Technology in Teaching. In December 2013, students were asked to nominate an instructor who uses technology in outstanding ways to support student learning. Sam's students particularly appreciated his “use of iClicker questions and video...

Congrats to Miranda Redmond and the Barger lab for their paper on Pinyon Pine cone production and regional warming

Feb. 20, 2013

In a paper appearing recently in the journal Ecosphere, published by the Ecological Society of America, the study's co-authors linked a 2.3 degree Fahrenheit temperature rise over four decades recorded at nine research sites to a decline in pinyon pine seed cone reproduction. Leading the study was CU doctoral student...

Congrats to Pieter Johnson and his lab for establishing the underlying mechanisms between increased biodiversity and disease risk

Feb. 13, 2013

The Johnson lab researchers spent three years sampling 345 wetlands and recording malformations in amphibians— which included missing, misshapen or extra sets of hind legs. These deformaties caused by parasitic infections, were recorded in 24,215 amphibians. The results showed that ponds with half a dozen amphibian species had a 78...

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