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...

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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’...

Photo by Angela Theodosopoulos.

The Linnean Society of London recognizes CU Boulder researcher for excellent research in the natural sciences

July 2, 2021

The oldest naturalist society in the world has recognized a University of Colorado Boulder researcher for his “exemplary” work both within the sciences and the broader community, the society announced in a virtual awards ceremony today. Scott Taylor, an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EBIO),...

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University of Colorado Boulder study tracks ebb and flow of a mountain meadow

June 20, 2021

The Boulder Daily Camera reported on Assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology Julian Resasco's research on flowering plants in a study area known as Elk Meadow at the University of Colorado Mountain Research Station near Nederland. (may be subject to article view limits or require log in)

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Rapid speciation via the evolution of pre-mating isolation in the Iberá Seedeater

March 28, 2021

A new study published in Science led by EBIO PhD student Sheela Turbek (Taylor lab) used genomes and behavioral experiments to identify potential isolating factors of two closely related South American bird species. Turbek et al. found that divergence was driven by reshuffling of a few genes coupled with reinforcement...

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Consequences of species losses for ecosystem services

March 16, 2021

How do ecosystem services respond when species go locally extinct? A new study published in Nature Communications led by Aislyn Keyes, EBIO PhD student in Laura Dee's group, explores this question using network analysis.