Ecology team

Soiree in the stream

In an unprecedented effort to understand the connections between mountain water supply and urban demand, more than 50 researchers from 22 different lab groups and seven universities, including the University of Utah, gathered to study the Red Butte Creek watershed in a collaborative, three-day venture, July 20-22.  Read More.

Grazing Zebra

4 million years at Africa’s salad bar

Grasses became more common in Africa about 4 million years ago.  According to field research by U Professor Thure Cerling, during this time most mammals tried grazing at one time or another, Findings which shed new light on recent evolutionary history. Read More.

Chemical Reactions

5 chemistry activities you can do at home

You don't need a lab to learn about chemistry.

The simple and inexpensive activities, found below, will teach basic chemistry principles from your own kitchen.  Read More.


Rock Squirrel

Biologists post 'selfies' of wild animals found in Zion

Zion National Park is home to 207 species of birds and 68 species of mammals, according to the park website. The mammals range from the kangaroo rat to the desert tortoise, but the most frequent animal sightings are of mule deer, foxes, bats, bighorn sheep and rock squirrels..  Read More.


Climate-vulnerable pikas may be surprisingly resilient to wildfire

Pikas, an adorable, baseball-sized relative of the rabbit, have a notoriously poor tolerance for heat; as a result, they’re widely considered among the species most susceptible to climate change.  Read More.

Examination of Salt Lake City’s Red Butte Creek

Examination of Salt Lake City’s Red Butte Creek

Salt Lake City's Red Butte Creek this week is swarming with researchers gathering hundreds of water and soil samples, surveying plants and gauging stream flows.  Read More.