When it comes to genes, lichens embrace sharing economy

Feb. 8, 2018

The first-ever molecular evidence of obligate symbiosis in lichens could shed new light on how and why some multicellular organisms consolidate their genomes in order to co-exist.

West Antarctic ice sheet

North American ice sheet decay changed Antarctic climate

Feb. 5, 2018

The changing topography of ice sheets in the Northern Hemisphere during the last Ice Age forced changes in the climate of Antarctica, a previously undocumented inter-polar climate change mechanism.

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What lives in your dirt?

Jan. 18, 2018

Compiling the first global atlas of soil bacteria, researchers have identified a group of around 500 key species that are both common and abundant worldwide.

A western bluebird

Noise pollution causes chronic stress in birds, hindering reproduction

Jan. 9, 2018

Study: Birds nesting near noisy oil and gas operations had changes in stress hormones similar to those in people with PTSD. Also, some laid fewer eggs or had chicks with stunted growth.


Decadal survey lays out key Earth science priorities

Jan. 5, 2018

CU Boulder researchers contributed to a new report that prioritizes Earth science research to reduce climate uncertainty, improve weather forecasts and more.


A classic Darwinian ecological hypothesis holds up—with a twist

Dec. 27, 2017

New research shows that a long-held hypothesis about the factors that govern species ranges largely holds true, but may be the result of a previously underappreciated ecological mechanism.

wind turbines

Global wind energy to shift southward in years to come

Dec. 11, 2017

The rapidly growing wind energy industry may be challenged by changes in locations of wind resources due to climate change.

A man stand near a prescribed burn.

Understanding megafires: The biggest, most destructive fires on Earth

Dec. 8, 2017

In a book adaptation for the Coloradan, Michael Kodas describes how a tiny blaze sparked his enduring curiosity about wildfire, a phenomenon that has grown much worse especially in the American West.

A satellite illustration of oil flares in Syria.

NOAA satellites reveal new information on ISIS oil production

Dec. 7, 2017

A new satellite technique developed by NOAA allows for rapid assessments of oil production anywhere in the world, notably Iraq and Syria.

Sepulveda lab

The hard science of soft substances

Dec. 4, 2017

INSTAAR researcher Julio Sepúlveda uses lipids to decode ancient ecosystems.