A landscape restoration project in a grassy gully on Colorado's Western Slope. Adding rocky protection and planting native grasses and shrubs has increased plant growth, trapped storm sediment, and increased soil storage.

Rewetting the sponge: How to increase biological diversity, reduce greenhouse gases, and cool the environment (Cool Boulder)

Nov. 3, 2023

Tim Seastedt discusses how low-cost landscape restoration actions in Colorado can foster a more diverse and absorbent environment. These actions can rebuild soils and recharge soil water storage, increasing the ability of plants to perform evapotranspiration. Such changes provide many environmental benefits.

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.

Panoramic view of icebergs off Greenland in the Greenland Sea

What 25-million-year-old ocean sediment can teach us about our planet’s future (CU Boulder Today)

Oct. 9, 2023

Anne Jennings and her colleagues spent two months on a ship off the coast of Greenland drilling sediment cores deep below the ocean floor. They were searching for clues that will help predict melting patterns of major ice sheets in our warming world.

A view of from above of Sky Pond in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Look carefully and you'll see researchers in a small inflatable boat, taking lake measurements and samples.

Why lakes turn green: Researchers will take a deep dive into the health of North America’s freshwater lakes

Oct. 3, 2023

Supported by a new five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, a group of researchers at five universities will examine how rapidly warming temperatures and shorter winters can influence the growth and toxicity of lake algae. Isabella Oleksy, who studies aquatic ecosystems and recently joined INSTAAR, is leading the Colorado contingent at CU Boulder.

Julia Moriarty

Julia Moriarty named a D.O.E. Early Career Research Program scientist (Colorado Arts & Sciences Magazine)

Sept. 29, 2023

Julia Moriarty (INSTAAR & ATOC) was named a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Researcher, receiving multiyear funding. The program helps support the next generation of U.S. STEM leaders. She will be working to improve predictability of water quality following floods in coastal urban systems.

Bundled up against the cold, Diane McKnight stands near Cotton Glacier.

Diane McKnight reflects on the LTER (LTER Network)

Sept. 28, 2023

Diane McKnight has been an integral figure in the Long-Term Ecological Research Program for decades. She was instrumental in launching the McMurdo LTER, spearheaded restructuring network coordination, and served as Chair of the LTER Network Executive Board. She’s mentored dozens of students and developed too many projects to count. The LTER Network Office sat down with Diane to chat about her life in the Network and her dreams for the LTER moving forward.

Field Technician Sammy Yevak takes a snow depth reading above the Tundra Lab. Photo by Gabriel De La Rosa.

Each spring, the Niwot Ridge snow survey ushers in a new season of fieldwork (LTER Network)

Sept. 28, 2023

Long-Term Ecological Research Network communicator Gabriel De La Rosa spent three intense days on Niwot Ridge collecting the hundreds of data points that are a record of change in the alpine.

George Aiken in the field, wearing a big backpack for carrying tall tubes.

Aiken Graduate Fellowships awarded

Sept. 19, 2023

INSTAAR is pleased to announce four George R. Aiken Graduate Fellowships for 2023. CU Boulder graduate students Mackensie Bowen, Allison Cook, Tim Higgins, and Millie Spencer received the awards, which come with funding to support their research over the next year.

Portrait of Nikki Lovenduski

Lovenduski named interim director of INSTAAR

Sept. 1, 2023

CU Boulder has named Associate Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Nikki Lovenduski interim director of Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) effective August 28.