Recent Press

Scientific American, September 17, 2021

During a Rodent Quadrathlon, Researchers Learn That Ground Squirrels Have Personalities – Scientific American

CPR News, September 1, 2021

To Understand How Mountains And The Atmosphere Bring Water To The West, Scientists Aim Their Instruments At Colorado’s Sky | Colorado Public Radio (

Exposure, August 24, 2021

Mountains of Data: An Unprecedented Climate Observatory to Understand the Future of Water by Berkeley Lab – Exposure (

Science, August 24, 2021

High in the Colorado Rockies, scientists launch search for causes of western water woes | Science | AAAS

CNN, July 20, 2021

Adorable animal takes ‘extraordinary’ 600-mile trip – CNN Video

Nature, July 16, 2021

Massive DNA ‘Borg’ structures perplex scientists (

Environmental Monitor, January 16, 2019

Gothic Rumble: The Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

PHYS.ORG, December 18, 2018

Dive-bombing for love: Male hummingbirds dazzle females with a highly synchronized display

National Public Radio, July 23rd, 2018
Spring is Springing Sooner, Throwing Natures Rhythms out of Whack

The Associated Press June 19th, 2018
Looking for Signs of Global Warming? They’re all around you.

Press Release, February 22, 2018
RMBL explores year-round campus in Mt. Crested Butte

RMBL’s billy barr on CBS This Morning, April 21, 2017
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Teton Gravity Research, April 10, 2017
Bucket List: Staying at Crested Butte’s Maroon Hut

5280, April, 2017
Q&A: billy barr

Joint Genome Institute, April 3, 2017
Speciation driven by alleles adapted to local conditions

NewsDeeply, March 21, 2017
The conundrum of why arctic caribou are disappearing

KUSA Online, February 24, 2017
Hiking eight miles of snow to get the story

KUSA Online, February 24, 2017
billy barr, the hermit of abandoned mining town Gothic

The Crested Butte News, February 22, 2017
Fundraising pledges lined up for Trampe deal completion

The Huffington Post, February 9, 2017
This drone can do the work of honeybees

Harvard Gazette, February 8, 2017
Herbert W Levi, 93

Singletracks, February 7, 2017
Winter bikepacking, backcountry hut-style

The Washington Post, February 2, 2017
Groundhog Day is so silly. But as a groundhog scientist, I love it anyway.

Houston Chronicle, February 2, 2017
Groundhog Day, the least scientific of holidays

Outside Magazine, January 30, 2017
How billy barr’s snowpack records helped shape climate science

Huffington Post, January 27, 2017
A Groundhog Day lesson about fake news

The Daily Mail, January 23, 2017
At home with a ‘hermit’

The Gazette, January 22, 2017
Colorado mountain man carves niche measuring snow

The Atlantic, January 12, 2017
The hermit who inadvertently shaped climate-change science

The Crested Butte News, January 11, 2017
Profile: Kevin Donovan

National Geographic, Short Film Showcase, January 7, 2017
He spent 40 years in the woods, and now scientists love him

The Crested Butte News, January 5, 2017
Profile: Amy Ellwein, Dr. Rock

Daily Camera, December 29, 2016
False hellbore uses temperature cues to trigger sexual and asexual reproduction two years out

The Crested Butte News, December 22, 2016
Short climate film features local billy barr

Denverite, December 21, 2016
An archive of pressed flowers (and weeds) at the Denver Botanic Gardens reflects changing temperatures

Science Daily, December 15, 2016
Warming could slow upslope migration of trees

Colorado Public News, December 14, 2016
Watch how billy barr tracks the snow near Crested Butte for climate data gold

Slate, December 7, 2016
The Snow Guardian

Global Wildlife Conservation, December 1, 2016
Before Two Degrees: Diagnosing the Pollinator Problem

The Washington Post, November 30, 2016
Scientists have long feared this ‘feedback’ to the climate system. Now they say it’s happening.

Aspen Public Radio, November 22, 2016
Managing the wild masses: permit system takes shape

Popular Science Online, October 11, 2016
Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction (book excerpt)

KUSA Storytellers, August 20, 2016
Marmot drama in the Rocky Mountains

RMBL Press Release, August 1, 2016
Local students receive prestigious National Science Foundation funding

RMBL Press Release, July 10, 2016
National Science Foundation and Department of Energy invest another $3+ million in RMBL science over the next five years

RMBL Press Release, July 1, 2016
Magic combination of long-term research, research training, and great science leads to insights into a changing world

Science News, June 30, 2016
Warming alters mountain plant’s sex ratios

UCI News, June 30, 2016
Climate change’s effect on Rocky Mountain plant is driven by sex

Boulder Daily Camera, June 29, 2016
July Nature Almanac: monument plants roll the dice on immortality

The Durango Herald, June 25, 2016
Fort Lewis College Professor to visit Greenland, Antarctica, June 14, 2016
Sunflower pollen protects bees from parasites

Crested Butte News, March 16, 2016
Low winter snowpack totals concern water users

The New York Times, February 26, 2016
Decline of Pollinators Poses Threat to World Food Supply, Report Says

RMBL Press Release, February 26, 2016
RMBL Scientists Contribute to Understanding of Global Food Supply

Crested Butte News, February 11, 2016
Forest Service considering closure of dispersed camping near Gothic

The Nature Conservancy, February, 2016
Mexican Cut: The Nature Conservancy’s First Colorado Preserve

The New York Times, January 24, 2016
Precipitous Rents in Ski Country Push Workers to Edges

Science Line, January 17, 2016
For the love of immigrant weeds

Summit Daily, January 9, 2016
Mountain Town News: Connecting the dots in 2015 among mountain towns of the West

The Daily Sentinel, December 5, 2015
A ‘madhouse’ near Crested Butte

Colorado Public Radio, October 6, 2015
Tourism Threatens Research At A Prestigious Lab Outside Crested Butte

Crested Butte News, September 24, 2015
RMBL hosts scientists from around the world

RMBL Press Release, September, 2015
Global Network Of Mountain Observatories (GNOMO)

Book by Ellen F. Dobbin – 2015
RuMBLings: A History and Highlights of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

The Guardian Online, February 9, 2015
A 23-year Experiment Finds Surprising Global Warming Impacts Already Underway

Colorado Public Radio, February 3, 2015
Flood recovery, Aspen chalets, other efforts noted in preservation awards

Fox News Science, February 3, 2015
When ant-eating bears arrive, a native plant thrives

Science Daily, January 22, 2015
Snack attack: Bears munch on ants and help plants grow

RMBL Press Release, December, 2014
RMBL to receive award for historic preservation projects in Gothic

Newsweek, September 16, 2014
The meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs changes Earth’s plant life too

High Country News, September 2, 2014
Zen and the art of wildflowers

Symmetry, August 19, 2104
A Whole Earth Approach

RMBL Press Release, August, 2014
RMBL Introduces High School Students to Field Biology

ScienceNews, July 11, 2014
How Species Will, or Won’t, Manage in a Warming World

Scientific American, May 8, 2014
“Rock Snot” has been native to much of the world for thousands of years

U.S. News & World Report, May 7, 2014
Researchers Trace “Rock Snot” to Native Species

Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences newsletter, March 14, 2014
Understanding how mountains and rivers make life possible