Postdoctoral researcher Emily Fusco researching invasive grasses and their effect on wildfires

Study finds invasive grasses promote wildfires

Nov. 4, 2019

CIRES and CU Boulder Earth Lab research finds that in places across the country, cheatgrass and at least seven other non-native grasses can increase wildfire risk as much as climate change does.

Cheesman Dam spills water down its spillway, a 220-foot high wall of boulders, in June 2019. Photo: Denver Water.

CU researchers recognized with 3 governor’s awards for high-impact research

Oct. 31, 2019

CO-LABS has announced the winners of the 2019 Colorado Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research, and CU Boulder researchers contributed to all three winning projects.

An artist's imagining of an ancient relative of today's rhinoceroses splashing through a stream next to turtles and fish in the Yukon.

Ancient rhinos roamed the Yukon

Oct. 31, 2019

Paleontologists have used modern tools to identify the origins of a few fragments of teeth found more than four decades ago by a schoolteacher in the Yukon.

A simulation of past weather in the CRV3 system

Old weather ‘time machine’ opens a treasure trove for researchers

Oct. 18, 2019

It’s been the stuff of science fiction for generations: a time machine that allows researchers to reach back into yesteryear and ask new questions about long-ago events. Read an update on a NOAA-funded weather “time machine” in development since 2011.

Researchers at CU Boulder using a wind tunnel to study wildfires

Burning up: CU researchers use unique tunnel to study wildfires

Oct. 17, 2019

Researchers are using computations and experiments in a new sloping wind tunnel to study how wildfires form and move across different landscapes.

A white strawberry cockle (Fragum fragum) found in the waters of Guam.

Evolutionary biologist nabs fellowship to study collaborative ocean organisms

Oct. 15, 2019

An evolutionary biologist who studies how clams and other animals collaborate with algae to thrive in oceans around the world has won a prestigious fellowship.

Varsity Lake

The Water Desk awards grants to journalists covering Western water issues

Oct. 7, 2019

The Water Desk, a journalism initiative at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Center for Environmental Journalism, has awarded its first grants to support journalists and media outlets covering Western water issues and the Colorado River Basin.

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Seed availability hampers forest recovery after wildfires

Oct. 2, 2019

A lack of tree seedling establishment following recent wildfires is limiting coniferous forest recovery in the western U.S., new research finds.

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Arctic melting: How shrinking sea ice will hit home for all of us

Oct. 1, 2019

Sea ice hit the second lowest point on record this year, and that’s a big deal from the North Pole to Texas. The Brainwaves podcast breaks it down with Walt Meier and Twila Moon of The National Snow and Ice Data Center.

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When it rains: The hidden impact of wildfire

Oct. 1, 2019

After a wildfire, rainfall carries organic contaminants into nearby watersheds, resulting in added filtration costs downstream.

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