A researcher's hand gently clasps a mountain chickadee fledgling by its feet.

Students may learn ecology (and much else) in the wild (Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine)

Feb. 29, 2024

CU Boulder’s Mountain Research Station is offering six field courses this summer, giving students the opportunity to study a wide range of disciplines in nature

Cassandra Brooks, in a warm puffy jacket, stands near the shore of cold ocean waters with glacier peaks behind

CU Boulder scientist shows expeditioners untamed Antarctica (Colorado Arts & Sciences Magazine)

Feb. 16, 2024

When she is in Antarctica, Cassandra Brooks (INSTAAR & ENVS) normally works to expand the frontiers of human knowledge. This month, she returned from a trip not focused on scientific research but on expanding the horizons of eco-tourists.

Peyton, a young Black woman wearing a t-shirt, shorts, and backpack, runs along the ridgeline of a mountain trail.

Scientist, Olympic hopeful runs with real purpose (Colorado Arts & Sciences Magazine)

Jan. 30, 2024

CU Boulder postdoctoral researcher Peyton Thomas, who fuses running with a commitment to environmental causes, to compete in U.S. Olympic women’s marathon trials in February.

Two workers hold the skull of a life-size Triceratops as they install its whole skeleton in the lobby of the SEEC building at CU Boulder. Photo by Casey Cass/University of Colorado.

Full Triceratops skeleton now calls Boulder home (CU Boulder Today)

Jan. 16, 2024

Thanks to the CU Museum of Natural History, the lobby of our SEEC building on East campus has a new guest: a full-sized skeletal reconstruction of a Triceratops dinosaur. The skeleton is a testament to the sheer size of Triceratops, an herbivore that roamed Colorado during the Cretaceous Period around 68 to 66 million years ago. Students, staff and members of the public can view the exhibit for free on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (SEEC is closed on weekends and holidays).

Scott Taylor while giving his TED-style talk at the Boulder Dairy Center

Contemplating evolution: Why making spaces to be curious was important for this gay scientist (RIO community talk on YouTube)

Dec. 15, 2023

Scott Taylor (INSTAAR Fellow, EBIO Associate Professor, MRS Director) gave a short TED-style talk at the Boulder Dairy Arts Center on October 18, 2023 as part of the 2023 Faculty Fellows program for CU Boulder's Research & Innovation Office (RIO). In his talk, Scott tells the story of his personal journey to a deeper understanding of his work as a scientist and his own place in the world.

Scott Taylor (center) and two students conduct field research on a snowy day at the Mountain Research Station.

Educating through an 'exceptional experience' (CU Boulder)

Dec. 13, 2023

For decades, the Mountain Research Station has been a stepping-off point for researchers studying plant and animal ecology, biogeochemistry, hydrology, geomorphology and atmospheric science. Much of that research takes place on rugged, nearby Niwot Ridge. Within that area lies every type of alpine and montane ecosystem that exists in the southern Rocky Mountains. That abundance has made Niwot Ridge a rare and important ‘living laboratory.’

Peyton Thomas points and talks to a crowd while holding a megaphone. She is helping kick off the inaugural Equitable Action Run Towards Health (EARTH) event at the Clear Springs Recreation Area in Mississippi’s Homochitto National Forest.

A matter of breathing (Patagonia)

Dec. 7, 2023

INSTAAR and ENVS Postdoc Peyton Thomas not only does great science, she's an activist runner sponsored by Patagonia. Earlier this year, she and a group of volunteers organized Patagonia's first EARTH running event (Equitable Action Run Towards Health) to help a Mississippi community discuss and address impacts of the wood pellet industry on health and environmental justice.

Alex Rose is interviewed by 9News.

Science Fair at Northglenn High School puts CU grad students to the test (9News)

Nov. 28, 2023

A “Reverse Science Fair” in Northglenn is flipping the traditional format, challenging University of Colorado Boulder grad students and postdocs to present their research to high school student evaluators. Organizer Alex Rose is interviewed, with cameos by INSTAAR postdocs Kristýna Kantnerová and Edgart Flores.

Emily Stuchiner, Lennart van Maldegem, and Michael Dyonisius pose near the small stage and screen used for INSTAAR's first storytelling night at Sanitas Brewing Company. In the background are big metal brewing tanks and a wall of wooden barrels.

INSTAAR storytelling night

Oct. 26, 2023

INSTAAR's first storytelling night was a smashing success! A number of INSTAARs (in person and online) heard amazing stories at Sanitas Brewing Company on a Thursday evening in late October. Thanks to all the storytellers and attendees. And kudos to organizers Katie Rocci, Sylvia Michel, and Tina Geller.

Simon Pendleton and Giff Miller collect ancient plant remains melted out of the edges of the ice cap on Baffin Island. Photo by Matt Kennedy, Earth Vision Trust.

Kirk Bryan Award goes to a team of INSTAARs, colleagues

Oct. 19, 2023

A team of researchers that included several INSTAAR scientists received the prestigious Kirk Bryan Award from the Quaternary Geology & Geomorphology Division of the Geological Society of America (GSA). The prestigious award honors the authors of a recent paper that advances the science of geomorphology.