Scientist Interviewed for Denverite on the Environmental History of Rocky Mountain National Park
Dr. Jill Baron, research ecologist, spoke with Kevin Beatty, a writer for an online news source Denverite, on January 27, 2017.
Dr. Jill Baron, research ecologist, spoke with Kevin Beatty, a writer for an online news source Denverite, on January 27, 2017. They discussed the environmental history of Rocky Mountain National Park as determined from lake sediments, including the rise of lead in sediments beginning in about 1860, changes in algal assemblages and why in the mid-20th century. The article, "In Rocky Mountain National Park's High Lakes, Scientists Find Traces of Colorado's Gold Rush and the Great Depression" published on January 27, 2017 and is available here.
Mountain ecosystems of the western U.S. provide irreplaceable goods and services such as water, wood, biodiversity, and recreational opportunities, but their responses to global changes are poorly understood. The overarching objective of the Western Mountain Initiative (WMI) is to understand and predict the responses, emphasizing sensitivities, thresholds, resistance, and resilience, of Western mountain ecosystems to global change.