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January 14, 2016

NSF Special Report featuring Niwot Ridge.

Let It Snow! The Science of Winter

January 14, 2016

Denver Channel 7 News interview on Niwot Ridge LTER.

Researchers say Arikaree Glacier in Boulder County could melt in 20 years

January 14, 2016

NSF Discovery featuring Niwot Ridge.

Colorado high peaks losing glaciers as climate warms

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Published on Apr 5, 2013

Introduction to the Niwot Ridge Long Term Ecological Research program and site (produced by Earth Initiatives).

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Selected Recent Publications


Phylogeny of ulotrichalean algae from extreme high-altitude and high-latitude ecosystems

Schmidt, S. K., Darcy, J. L., Polar Biology, 5, 38, 689-697, DOI: 10.1007/s00300-014-1631-6

Niwot personnel authors: Steven K. Schmidt, Jack Darcy


Incorporating biotic factors in species distribution modeling: are interactions with soil microbes important?

Bueno de Mesquita, Clifto, King, Andrew J., Schmidt, Steven K., Farrer, Emily C., Suding, Katharine N., Ecography, 38, 001-011, DOI: 10.1111/ecog.01797

Niwot personnel authors: Cliff Bueno de Mesquita, Steven K. Schmidt, Emily Farrer, Katharine N. Suding


Relating sub-surface ice features to physiological stress in a climate sensitive mammal, the American pika (Ochotona princeps)

Wilkening, Jennifer L., Ray, Chris, Varner, Johanna, PLOS one, 3, 10, e0119327, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0119327

Niwot personnel authors: Jennifer Wilkening, Chris Ray

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