The Future of Our Forests: Join Scott Ferrenberg and RMBL on July 23


Join the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory for “A Science Affair: An evening benefiting the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory” featuring Speaker Scott Ferrenberg on July 23. Ferrenberg is a U.S. Geological Survey ecologist who recently earned his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Colorado Boulder. He will discuss “Colorado’s Trees and the Bark Beetles — What Will Our Future Forests Look Like?” as part the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory event on Thursday, July 23 from 6-9 p.m. at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory Community Center in … [Read more...]

Differences in mammal responses to climate change: new CU-Boulder study


If you were a shrew snuffling around a North American forest, you would be 27 times less likely to respond to climate change than if you were a moose grazing nearby. That is just one of the findings of a new University of Colorado Boulder assessment led by Assistant Professor Christy McCain that looked at more than 1,000 different scientific studies on North American mammal responses to human-caused climate change. The CU-Boulder team eventually selected 140 scientific papers containing population responses from 73 North American mammal species for their analysis. The studies assessed by … [Read more...]

Pine Beetles don’t stick around on slippery bark, says CU-Boulder study

Mountain Pine Beetle

In the online journal Functional Ecology, Doctoral student Scott Ferrenberg and Professor Jeff Mitton of University of Colorado, Boulder describe how they conducted field surveys to determine if mountain pine beetles can successfully attack limber pines with smooth versus rough bark. Scott, who led the study, said he first began to suspect that bark texture might affect the survival of trees while he and Dr. Mitton, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, were walking through a stand of high-elevation limber pines. They noticed that surface resin, a residue of fighting off a beetle … [Read more...]