Beyond Boulder: Digging in the Arctic mud for answers to climate change

Oct. 25, 2017

Working from a small boat on the choppy lake waters in northern Canada, Sarah Crump, a paleoclimatologist, pulls up a 5-foot mud core sample from the undisturbed lakebed. Crump and her research team work with a sense of urgency. Even in summer, bad weather can move in quickly. And they... Read more »

Ancient Colorado: An Analog for the Origins of Life

Oct. 10, 2017

On a cool fall morning this past October, graduate fellows from the Center for the Study of Origins (CSO) ventured in the mountains to get a hands on experience with some of Earths oldest lifeforms Just a short drive north of Boulder, CO, Heil Ranch is more commonly associated with... Read more »


Sept. 29, 2017

Earlier this spring, Rebecca Rapf and her advisor, Veronica Vaidia Published an article on the role of our young sun on the origin of life on Earth. High energy, ultraviolet radiation from the Sun is a known to hazard to life, yet the energy provided by our star has played... Read more »

Better than Babel

Sept. 1, 2017

Like millions of Americans before him and after, Samuel Boyd took high school Spanish. Since then he’s learned some other foreign languages, bringing his total, at last count, to 26, including dialects. He’s got room in his head for more.Read more »
New interdisciplinary center explores the beginnings - of everything

New interdisciplinary center explores the beginnings - of everything

March 6, 2017

How do you study a historical event? “You can’t bring a giant meteorite hitting the Earth millions of years ago into a lab,” says Carol Cleland, professor of philosophy and co-investigator at CU Boulder’s Center for Astrobiology . “You can model it, you can do an experiment that tests auxiliary... Read more »