Scientific Research

The disappearance of Washington’s orca whales
The disappearance of Washington’s orca whales
The endangered whales are at a 30-year low, tied to depressed chinook salmon runs.
What a new report on climate science portends for the West
What a new report on climate science portends for the West
From wildfires to drought, a look at a warming world.
How an ancient potato helped people survive climate shifts
How an ancient potato helped people survive climate shifts
Utah-area tribes explain the continuing relevance of North America’s oldest spud.
Researchers go to Utah to experience another planet: Mars
Researchers go to Utah to experience another planet: Mars
At the Mars Desert Research Station near Hanksville, Utah, researchers consider the possibility of exploring the red planet.
As it goes high-tech, wildlife biology loses its soul
As it goes high-tech, wildlife biology loses its soul
We're learning a lot by monitoring wild animals, but the high tech methods used to track them take some of the mystery out of our relationship with the wild.
Fire scientists fight over what Western forests should look like
Fire scientists fight over what Western forests should look like
Controversial new studies question the conventional wisdom on Western ponderosa forests and the severity of their historic wildfires.
Great Basin scientists unleash new weapons to fight invasive cheatgrass
Great Basin scientists unleash new weapons to fight invasive cheatgrass
A trio of dedicated scientists are testing out cutting-edge ways to finally turn the tide against the Great Basin's cheatgrass invasion, as the weed continues to cause devastating fires.
The Chaparralian
The Chaparralian
Richard Halsey says Southern California’s chaparral is not to blame for the fires that scorch the region every year.
Dust and Snow
In Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, Tom Painter and other scientists study the dust in the snow and ponder its implications for future drought and weather conditions, especially in the era of global warming