Science in the Wild Blog

“Functionally Extinct” – November 27, 2019

“Functionally Extinct” – November 27, 2019   The last few weeks have taken a toll in Australia, as fires have ravaged the land. You may have seen articles in the news that went viral recently – stating that koalas have become “functionally...

read more

Tardigrades! – November 20, 2019

Tardigrades! – November 20, 2019 Did you know that there are thousands of tardigrades stranded on our Moon? First off, what is a tardigrade? Also known as “water bears,” they are near-microscopic (0.15 to 1.2 millimeters long) animals with 8 legs and long plump...

read more

Smoke Hole Cavern – November 13, 2019

Smoke Hole Cavern – November 13, 2019 For the past few days, I’ve been on the east coast of the US, doing the state highpoints of Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia for the Summits, Songs and Science project. As Ricardo has already completed these (and is...

read more

Bird Migration – November 6, 2019

Bird Migration – November 6, 2019 Given a lot of recent avian activity by Canadian geese here in Colorado as the temperatures drop and the snow arrives, today’s topic is on bird migration. The timing of bird migrations is an intriguing phenomenon in nature and...

read more

Wildfire – October 30, 2019

Wildfire – October 30, 2019 Today’s topic is wildfires – specifically, California wildfires. Since early October, millions of people across the state of California have had their electricity shut off to prevent downed power lines from setting off...

read more

The Royal Arch – October 23, 2019

The Royal Arch – October 23, 2019 Earlier today, Ricardo and I did a 10k (6.22 mile) trail run in the Flatirons region of Boulder, Colorado. Total elevation gain was nearly 1,800 ft. (550 meters) up to a geologic formation called the Royal Arch, pictured here....

read more

Wind Machines! – October 16, 2019

Wind Machines! – October 16, 2019 Today we are hosting a post by Chris Tomer, meteorologist on both KDVR FOX-31 and KWGN CW-2 in Denver, Colorado. Chris currently forecasts weather on KWGN’s “Daybreak” from 5 – 9 AM, M-F, and makes...

read more

Volcano or Not? – October 9, 2019

Volcano or Not? October 9, 2019 We’ve just recently returned from hiking Maine’s highpoint (Katahdin) for the Summits, Songs and Science project. What’s next on the horizon? With enough participants, an expedition to the highest mountain in the...

read more

Mars-quakes – October 2, 2019

Mars-quakes – October 2, 2019 NASA’s Insight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) mission launched from Earth on May 5, 2018. It successfully landed on a region of Mars called Elysium Planitia 6 months later, on...

read more

Life-Friendly Venus? – September 25, 2019

Life-Friendly Venus? – September 25, 2019 Today, we’re going to talk about a neighboring planet in our solar system: Venus. Venus and Earth are similar in size and mass, but that’s where the resemblance ends. Venus’ surface temperatures are an...

read more

Ice Lake – September 18, 2019

Ice Lake – September 18, 2019 Over the last week, we’ve been climbing peaks in the Elk Mountains and San Juan Mountains of Colorado for the Summits, Songs and Science project. Crisp mountain air and spectacular mountain vistas greeted us. Perhaps the most...

read more

Coral Bleaching – September 11, 2019

Coral Bleaching – September 11, 2019 After the Science in the Wild Kilimanjaro expedition, it was off to explore Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous archipelago off the coast of eastern Africa. This region is known for its gorgeous water and coral reefs. Mnemba Atoll,...

read more

Dendrosenecios – September 4, 2019

Dendrosenecios – September 4, 2019 For the last week, we’ve been on Kilimanjaro and have seen different vegetation zones of the volcano. My favorite? Seeing the dendrosenecios, giant groundsels that evolved about 1 million years ago. They are well adapted...

read more

Ol Doinyo Lengai – August 28, 2019

Ol Doinyo Lengai – August 28, 2019 If Dr. Seuss designed a volcano, Ol Doinyo Lengai would be it! From navigating mazes of 5-foot tall volcanic ash flows, to scooting along “cookies and cream” layers of volcanic flows, to hopping over volcanic...

read more

Kilimanjaro – August 21, 2019

Kilimanjaro – August 21, 2019 It’s Science Wednesday and we’re gearing up for our Kilimanjaro expedition! Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft./5895 m) is considered a dormant stratovolcano in the East African Rift and is the highest dormant volcano outside of...

read more

Granite Peak – August 14, 2019

Granite Peak – August 14, 2019 It’s Science Wednesday! Ricardo and I are on Granite Peak in Montana this week for the Summits, Songs and Science Project. By the time this post goes up, ideally we’ll be making our way to the summit! Granite Peak is...

read more

Arctic Mirages – August 7, 2019

Arctic Mirages – August 7, 2019 Today’s Science Wednesday is about Arctic mirages. I took this photo from the bridge of the Polar Pioneer, a 70-meter long ship with reinforced hull for ice breaking. The image shows a “fata morgana” of the...

read more

Importance of Science – July 31, 2019

Importance of Science – July 31, 2019 This week’s Science Wednesday comes courtesy of guest blogger, Ricardo Peña, who talks about the importance of science and rational thinking in this modern world. Check out the video on our Facebook...

read more

Warming Arctic – July 24, 2019

Warming Arctic – July 24, 2019 I’ve been aboard the Polar Pioneer ship, circumnavigating the Svalbard archipelago, close to the North Pole with Aurora Expeditions this last week. Svalbard is built on permanently frozen ground called permafrost. For years,...

read more

Lunar Landing Anniversary – July 17, 2019

Lunar Landing Anniversary – July 17, 2019 The 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing is approaching. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to step foot on another planetary body. Indeed, it was “one small step for (a)...

read more