Scenic Science

This weekend, I went down scenic trail ridge road on the way to the East Inlet Trail to help a researcher in the park with her sampling.  Her research project focuses on antibiotic resistant bacteria in streams in Rocky Mountain …

Limber Pines and Lily Lake

At the end of my first week in the Park, I have a handle on the two main projects I’ll be woking on this summer. The first project will be an anthology of all the research done in RMNP about …

Beautiful Week

The week was full of early mornings, learning, meeting new people, and learning new skills. I loved every bit of it! The focus has changed to willow plant ID, which has proven to be challenging, keeping me guessing still. These …

First Day at the Park!

I have finally arrived in the state of Colorado for the first time! My journey from Washington to Colorado has been filled with changing landscapes, climate, and overall scenery. The drive from the Denver area to Estes Park provided plenty …

Learning experiences

Pinus flexilis, the Limber pine, is a keystone species here in Rocky Mountain National Park. It is also known as Rocky Mountain white pine. Limber pine were named for the extremely flexible branches on younger trees. Notable characteristics include the …

Rocky Mountains, Here I Come

As I anticipate my arrival at Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), I wonder what to expect in the geology of the Rockies.  As a geologist, I am curious to know how and when these mountains formed.  From my research, I …

Introduction

My name is Alliyah Gifford, I am from Pueblo Colorado and I just received my Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Colorado State University-Pueblo. Colorado is a great state to grow up in. There is plenty to venture into and always …

Hello World!

Hello! My name is Saba Asefa and I am one of the Science Communication interns at Rocky Mountain National Park this summer.  I am originally from Columbus, OH and have had a love for geology and the outdoors since I …