A wolf howling

Why are we acting like wolves at night?

April 23, 2020

Around the world, people are collectively making noise while social distancing. In Colorado, we're howling like wolves. Is this "group howl" part of a greater phenomenon?

weddell seal

More protections needed to safeguard biodiversity in the Southern Ocean

April 22, 2020

Current marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean need to be at least doubled to adequately safeguard the biodiversity of the Antarctic, according to a new CU Boulder study.

students taking a test

Could climate change affect how well we think? New research says ‘yes’

April 21, 2020

New CU Boulder research finds that an anticipated rise in carbon dioxide concentrations in our indoor living and working spaces by the year 2100 could lead to impaired human cognition.

sea ice

Increasingly mobile sea ice risks polluting Arctic neighbors

March 18, 2020

The movement of sea ice between Arctic countries is expected to significantly increase this century, raising the risk of more widely transporting pollutants like microplastics and oil, according to new research from CU Boulder.

A cat walks down a forest trail.

Unraveling the puzzle of Madagascar’s forest cats

March 16, 2020

Michelle Sauther has long wondered where Madagascar’s mysterious wild cats came from. Now, new genetic evidence delivers an answer.

Samples of microbes from puddles on top of glaciers, part of a study that won a Signals in the Soil grant

New grant crumbles mysteries of the soil

March 3, 2020

A project that examines soil following the disappearance of glaciers and a project that studies ways to detect and fix damaged soil are winners of Signals in the Soil grants.

A forest in the southern Rocky Mountains with trees killed by bark beetles.

Forests bouncing back from beetles, but elk and deer slowing recovery

Feb. 13, 2020

New research reveals that even simultaneous bark beetle outbreaks are not a death sentence to the state’s beloved forests.

Reindeer nuzzling hand

Vanishing ice puts reindeer herders at risk

Nov. 20, 2019

Mongolia's Tsaatan reindeer herders depend on munkh mus, or eternal ice, for their livelihoods. Now, soaring global temperatures may be threatening that existence.

Peacock mantis shrimp

Mantis shrimp vs. disco clams: Colorful sea creatures do more than dazzle

Nov. 18, 2019

Pow! These underwater animals can punch through glass and create underwater shockwaves. And we’re studying them on campus.

Assyrian artifacts

Climate may have helped crumble one of the ancient world’s most powerful civilizations

Nov. 18, 2019

New research suggests it was climate-related drought that built the foundation for the collapse of one of the most powerful civilizations in the ancient world—the Assyrian Empire, whose heartland was based in today’s northern Iraq.