St. Anthony uranium mine in New Mexico

Engineering technique could help clean up lingering radioactive waste

Sept. 14, 2017

CU Boulder engineers are testing a new technique to clean up western Colorado sites contaminated by uranium mining.Read more »
Pink flowers in the Rocky Mountains

Researchers to create digital archive of Rocky Mountain plants

Sept. 13, 2017

CU Boulder and collaborating partners have been awarded $2.9 million from the National Science Foundation to create a digital archive of more than 1.7 million plant specimens native to the southern Rocky Mountain region.Read more »
colleen straw hacker

Food security solutions for indigenous communities

Aug. 24, 2017

An NSIDC-led project will explore how indigenous peoples living in the arid U.S. Southwest and icy Arctic are adapting to rapid social and environmental changes that affect food security.Read more »
Green caterpillar eating a green leaf

No microbes? No problem for caterpillars

Aug. 22, 2017

Caterpillars have far less bacteria and fungi inhabiting their guts than other organisms, making them an evolutionary oddity in the animal kingdom.Read more »
barren patches of ground known as fairy circles

Solving the ecological mystery of Africa's fairy circles

Aug. 22, 2017

A team of CU Boulder scientists is working to unlock a longstanding ecological mystery: barren patches of ground in Africa's grasslands known as fairy circles.Read more »
ice core laboratory

A summer job in sub-zero temperatures

Aug. 15, 2017

This summer, undergraduates have been working in deep freeze conditions, cutting up ice cores to analyze ancient climate information.Read more »
a photo of a shovel in dirt

Soil doesn't forget

Aug. 8, 2017

Conditions thousands of years ago can leave a lasting mark on present-day soil microbes, new research finds.Read more »
a glacial valley near the McMurdo Dry Valleys field site in Antarctica.

Tracking decade-long changes in an Antarctic polar desert

Aug. 7, 2017

An abnormal season of intense glacial melt in 2002 triggered multiple distinct changes in the physical and biological characteristics of Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys over the ensuing decade.Read more »
a pair of black guillemot birds

Alaska's North Slope snow-free season is lengthening

Aug. 3, 2017

On the North Slope of Alaska, snow is melting earlier in the spring, and the snow-in date is happening later in the fall, according to a new study by CIRES and NOAA researchers.Read more »
an African bushbaby in a blanket

Studying an elusive South African primate

Aug. 1, 2017

Michelle Sauther is using high-tech thermal imaging cameras to study the iconic African bushbaby and how challenging environments impact primates.Read more »