Jenny Nakai

Raton Basin earthquakes linked to oil and gas fluid injections

Oct. 24, 2017

A rash of earthquakes in Colorado and New Mexico between 2008 and 2010 was likely due to fluids pumped deep underground during oil and gas wastewater disposal, says a new study.

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.

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.

Puzzle pieces illustrating genetic material

CU Boulder lands funding for advanced study of gene-environment interactions

Sept. 1, 2017

Jason Boardman has made headlines studying the interactions between people's genes and their environment. Now he's helping launch a first-of-its-kind program to train young scholars in the cross-disciplinary field.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.