May 2019

Check out the avalanches and late season snow at our field sites in Gothic, Colorado

Congrats to post-doc Amanda DelVecchia for getting her paper on the carbon dioxide efflux from the Colorado ponds published in Wetlands.

May 2018

Congrats to fourth-year PhD student Andrew Sanders for getting his first dissertation chapter accepted in Oikos.

March 2018

Congrats to second-year PhD student Jared Balik for getting his first dissertation chapter accepted in EcoSphere today.

February 2018

Climate Science Fellow Jared Balik is featured on the Southeast Climate Science Center website here

December 2017

A nice article in Fly Fisherman about postdoctoral research scholar Amanda DelVecchia’s PhD work in Montana and new work exploring fossil methane carbon sources of stoneflies that live several meters under floodplains in rivers near the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory.

November 2017

 Congrats to Jared Balik for being selected as a Global Change Fellow for Spring 2018 by the Southeast Climate Science Center!

October 2017

We are looking for a postdoctoral scholar.  Come join our lab group!  We are seeking a postdoctoral scholar to conduct experimental and observational studies exploring how shifts in stream algal communities, such as those associated with stalk production by the diatoms  Didymosphenia and Cymbella, impact stream invertebrate secondary production and the flow energy to fish and terrestrial consumers of stream insects.  The focus of this postdoctoral project builds on a diversity of observational and experimental data showing how excessive stalk production, or blooms, of Didymosphenia geminata differentially impact stream invertebrate densities and growth rates with no impact on invertebrate biomass. Blooms increase invertebrate densities by shifting species dominance to smaller-bodied chironomids that also have higher growth rates and reduce mortality from predators in the presence of D. geminata blooms. Thus several interesting competing hypotheses have emerged from our previous work as to how blooms could alter invertebrate secondary production and the flux of energy and other resources to fish and terrestrial riparian consumers, such as the American Dipper, spiders, or hummingbirds.  Moreover, these effects are not restricted to Didymo blooms as other stalk producing diatoms (e.g., Cymbella) are forming blooms worldwide.  The postdoc will also have freedom to develop related side projects so long as the primary goals of the project have been completed.  Apply at enter position number “PG170060PD” in the keyword field.

September 2017 

Congrats to PhD Andrew Sanders on being awarded the Best Oral Presentation for Basic Research at the June 2017 Society for Freshwater Science Meeting for his talk titled “Host Diet Stoichiometry Influences Transmission Dynamics in Whirling Disease.”

May 2017 

Congrats to postdoc Amanda DelVecchia on being awarded the 2017 Hynes Award for Young Investigators by the Society of Freshwater Science for her paper DelVecchia, A. G., J. A. Stanford, and X. M. Xu. 2016. Ancient and methane-derived carbon subsidizes contemporary food webs. Nature Communications 7!

April 2017

Our USGS 104(G) Preproposal on the impacts of climate-induced shifts on the timing of streamflow has been selected for consideration as a full proposal!

Brad gave a public science talk on the consequences of Didymo blooms and the citizen science project on Discovering Didymo’s Distribution at Trout Unlimited’s Southeast Rendezvous in Gatlinburg, TN

March 2017 

Congrats to PhD student Jared Balik who has been selected to receive a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his research on how climate-induced changes in the timing of stream flow alter stream ecosystem structure and functioning!  Nice work Jared!

Jared has also been award a Fellowship from the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory.

February 2017

Video about the snow guardian, billy barr, and his work on weather at RMBL see

March 2016

We are also seeking another postdoctoral scholar to join the lab and work on a collaborative project with Scott Wissinger and Hamish Greig.

Dr. Derek West will soon be joining the lab in as a postdoctoral scholar!

February 2016

Ramsa’s (PhD 2015) paper showing how DOC modulates of mercury transfer from streams to terrestrial consumers is accept in Ecological Applications!

December 2015

Our collaborative NSF grant with Scott Wissinger at Allegheny College and Hamish Greig at University of Maine has been recommended for funding! We will be investigating how climate-induced range shifts and species replacements affect ecosystem processes across elevational and habitat permanence gradients.

August 2015

Come check out the Ecological Society of America symposium on The Importance of 100 Years of Natural History to the Ecological Sciences

June 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Ramsa Chaves-Ulloa who successfully defended her PhD on June 3rd!

April 2015

Exciting news! PhD student Andrew Sanders was awarded a Ford Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship! Nice work Andrew you earned these!

March 2015

Article highlighting our work on Didymo in High Country News.  Our response to Bergey and Spaulding has been published in the March issue of Bioscience

November 2014

Nice article by the Atlantic Salmon Federation on the bureaucracy and the muzzling of my co-author, and the Yoda of Didymo, Max Bothwell, by the government.

September 2014

Weather Channel story on our work on Didymo blooms. I love it! This is old news now but the muzzling of my collaborator by his government has resulted in this research getting worldwide press on the very topic – climate change -that the government did not want linked to Didymo blooms, or probably anything for that matter!

Story in BBC Earth about research, including ours, on Didymosphenia geminata, which is actually not green! The green color is from a green alga mixed in with D. geminata stalks.

August 2014

Muzzling Scientist: Story in the Huffington Post and Science about the Canadian government’s policies that prevented my collaborator and coauthor, Max Bothwell, from being interviewed about our recent Bioscience paper. I think this backfired, as the government turned a back page science news story into a front page political story! Hats of to the reporters for pursuing this. When I spoke with one of them back in May 2014, they were unhappy that they could not speak with the Canadian scientist (Max) located just a few miles away on Vancouver Island until he obtained approval from Ottawa, which took about two weeks. Thus killing a news story!

July 2014

Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory’s regular participation in the Crested Butte 4th of July parade makes the Wall Street Journal

Alex Flecker is in the Veratrum skirt on the right

May 2014

Our Bioscience article on Didymo blooms has received lots of press see links on the publications page. Thank you to the media folks for helping us communicate our science to the public!

April 2014

Congratulations Ramsa! Her NSF DDIG to support her research on how land use change affects subsidies of aquatic insects to terrestrial consumers has been recommended for funding.

NSF supplemental funding request for predator-induced selection on insect flight project is recommended for funding!

NSF supplemental funding request for a lake coring paleolimnology project at the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab is recommended for funding!

Bioscience paper on why the origin of invasive species is important to known is accepted!

March 2014

Congratulations to Erin Larson (an undergraduate alum) for being award a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

February 2014

Diatom Research paper is accepted!

December 2013

NSF IOS project on predator-induced selection on insect flight and dispersal is funded!