Photo of Tina Geller.

Tina Geller garners INSTAAR Graduate Student Community Award

June 6, 2024

INSTAAR is pleased to announce that Tina Geller is the recipient of the INSTAAR Graduate Student Community Award for 2024.

An American pika forages avens on Niwot Ridge. Photo by Craig Stevenson.

Seminar series starts at Mountain Research Station

June 5, 2024

Seminars at the Mountain Research Station will address the plants, animals, soils, permafrost, fires, and water of the Front Range, and how climate change interacts with all of them. All are welcome to the seminars, which are free and open to the public.

An aerial view of the rust-colored Kutuk River in Gates of the Arctic National Park in Alaska. Photo by Ken Hill, National Park Service.

Rivers in Alaska are turning orange. The reason surprised even scientists (CNN)

June 4, 2024

A new paper by a team of USGS and CU Boulder scientists is mentioned in this news story on rivers and streams in Alaska changing color. The streams are turning from blue to rusty orange because of toxic metals released by thawing permafrost and leaching into stream water.

An artist discusses Colorado's environmental issues with community members at a CASE exhibition.

Framing the climate conversation through art, science and community collaborations (CU Boulder Community Outreach & Engagement)

May 31, 2024

Coloradans are experiencing climate change. Residents face challenges like fires, drought and poor water and air quality. The Colorado Arts Science Environment Program’s (CASE) is addressing critical environmental and social issues across Colorado through a collaborative exhibition that brings together CU Boulder scientists and artists from various parts of the state.

A mountain chickadee eats seeds from an auto feeder after landing on the perch that matches its radio tag and opens the feed door. Photo: Nicholas Goda, via University of Colorado Boulder

Colorado’s chickadees may lose their good memory to adapt to climate change, researchers find (The Colorado Sun)

May 28, 2024

The common mountain bird has an excellent memory for the right perch for free seeds, and has the flexibility to handle climate change. New research from the University of Colorado and colleagues has tightened a claw around the sets of genes that make mountain chickadees some of the most remarkable return-navigators in nature.

The SEEC building glows in afternoon sunlight.

From interim to permanent: Lovenduski named INSTAAR director (RIO)

May 28, 2024

The University of Colorado Boulder has named Associate Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC) Nikki Lovenduski director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), effective July 1.

A mountain stream in the upper Mancos river basin, displaying a rusty red bed, flows toward the viewer. Mountain slopes covered with pine trees are in the background. Photo by Andrew Manning.

Colorado's streams are being loaded with toxic heavy metals (Newsweek)

May 22, 2024

Colorado's mountain streams are facing a "real challenge" from a rising concentration of heavy metal levels. These rising levels are only worsening with climate change, a new study found.

Natalie Aranda and Jed Lenetsky

2024 INSTAAR Summer Scholars

May 17, 2024

INSTAAR has announced its Summer Scholars for 2024: Natalie Aranda and Jed Lenetsky. They will each be awarded a stipend for the summer months to continue their research projects.

This enhanced-color image shows a 45-meter-diameter crater on the surface of Mars, appearing as a glistening sphere on a rusty red background. Glistening material is interpreted as water ice slowly subliming. Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

Modeling ice and snow on planets

May 16, 2024

A new model makes better predictions of the behavior of ice on Mars—and any other rocky planet with an atmosphere.

INSTAAR celebration luncheon May 8th 2024: A large room full of round tables packed with dozens of seated people having lunch and listening to opening remarks from Interim Director Nikki Lovenduski and Assistant Director of JEDI Julio Sepúlveda

INSTAAR Celebration Luncheon

May 9, 2024

On May 8th, we came together as a community to eat, present awards, and recognize our MS and PhD graduates. Many INSTAARs attended, along with the families of our graduates and award winners. Congratulations to all!