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Rachael Kaspar, ENVS Alumni, Researches Honeybee Hive & Behavior

Aug. 2, 2018

ENVS Undergraduates get the opportunity to do some pretty fabulous research! CU Boulder Today highlights ENVS alumn, Rachael Kaspar, who studied the secret lives and social behavior of honeybees. Kaspar graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology, and in environmental studies with a minor in atmospheric and oceanic sciences. She is the lead author of a scientific article in Animal Behaviour based on her undergraduate honors thesis about honeybee behavior, which shows experienced fanner honey bees influence younger, inexperienced bees to fan their colony to cool it down.

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Beth Osnes Uses Theater to Communicate Climate Change One Child at a Time

July 24, 2018

ENVS affiliate, associate professor Beth Osnes, discuss with CU Boulder Today her creation and direction of Shine, a musical performance about how energy, climate and humans are interrelated. Set against a hand-drawn backdrop representing 300 million years of earth’s geologic history, youngsters dressed in colorful costumes symbolizing plants and insects sing and gambol around the stage. Osnes works is co-founder and co-director of Inside the Greenhouse, an endowed initiative at CU Boulder to celebrate creative climate communication through film, theater, dance and music.

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CU Boulder Tops the Ranks in Environmentally Focused Disciplines

July 18, 2018

Boulder is the place to be for students who want to study and research issues related to the environment. CU Boulder's earth science and atmospheric science disciplines both ranked No. 1 overall among world universities in the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy's 2018 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS), which was published today. The university also scored highly in a dozen other academic categories, highlighting the breadth of impactful CU Boulder research.

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Global climate-change pacts moving toward market-based approaches, ENVS David Ciplet finds.

Dec. 2, 2017

While President Trump’s decision to leave the Paris climate agreement probably dismayed climate scientists, it did at least provide some interesting data for scholars who study trends in the negotiations. One of those researchers is David Ciplet, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder who recently returned from the climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, and who said other nations are mulling ways to fill the climate-leadership vacuum left by the United States.

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Ashby Leavell: A Fresh Approach to Talking Climate Change

Nov. 20, 2017

ENVS PhD candidate, Ashby Leavell explores how to talk about climate change with conservative relatives in this op ed.

Professor Jill Litt looks at a squash at a community garden next to Regis University in Denver

Can Gardening Prevent Cancer?

Sept. 20, 2017

Ask someone who gardens what they love most about it, and, research has shown, the answer is almost always the same. “No matter where you go in the world, no matter what language they speak, people say there’s just something about it that makes them feel better,” says Jill Litt, a public health researcher and professor of Environmental Studies at CU Boulder.

ENVS Student Gracie examining alpine plants.

Beyond Boulder: What pikas and alpine plants tell us about climate change

July 27, 2017

Kendziorski is working with Professor Dan Doak, a conservation biologist who studies demography and climate change in relations to alpine plants, and with Doak’s postdoctoral scientist Megan Peterson. One plant of interest to Doak and which Kendziorski is focusing on this summer is Silene acaulis or moss campion, also called cushion pink. Wasser, a senior in ecology and evolutionary biology, is studying pikas with Research Associate Chris Ray. This is his third summer working with Ray at the research station.

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The Brink: Stories of Inequality, Struggle, and Transformation

July 20, 2017

The Brink is a project of Assistant Professor David Ciplet’s graduate course Power, Justice and Climate Change in the Environmental Studies Program at CU Boulder, in partnership with KGNU and the Just Transition Collaborative. Student's of Ciplet's Spring graduates spearheaded this radio storytelling project. The Brink is a about what...

Rocky Mountain National Park with water reflection

Coal is a Dead Man Walking; Recreation is Live and Well

May 26, 2017

"Last month, President Trump signed an executive order calling for the Department of Interior to review 56 of the most recently designated national monuments. These national monuments, designated under the 1906 Antiquities Act, aim to protect lands with natural, historic or scientific significance. Trump vows to do something that has...

snowy Niwot ridge

Catching Air: Scientists Trek High into the Rockies to Measure Earth’s Rising Greenhouse Gases

April 5, 2017

Featured on the front page of the Denver Post, Climate researchers say the weekly climb to gather air samples has become more of a mission than a job. Jennifer Morse, a climate technician at the Mountain Research Station (MSR) in Roosevelt National Forest, gets ready to return to her base...

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