14th Biennial Conference of Research on the Colorado Plateau

The 14th Biennial Conference of Science and Management on the Colorado Plateau is a forum that brings together resource managers and research scientists to discuss findings and management needs associated with the natural and cultural resources of the Colorado Plateau. Climate change, energy development, and human population growth on the Colorado Plateau affect water availability, natural systems, and the social character of the plateau. The conference will focus on these agents of change, identifying resource responses to change and opportunities to discuss approaches to ameliorate or reduce negative impacts to the Colorado Plateau’s natural and cultural landscape. The conference will include plenary speakers, symposia and contributed paper sessions, and a poster session. The Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research is co-sponsoring the conference.

Travelling Arthropod Show and Summer Bug Camp

The Colorado Plateau Museum of Arthropod Biodiversity hosts the Travelling Arthropod Show and Summer Bug Camp. The Traveling Arthropod Show brings the wonderful world of bugs to K-12 classrooms and places where people want to learn more about spiders, millipedes, and insects. A week-long Summer Bug Camp is a fun way for children age 7 to 14 to learn about insect natural history and biodiversity through a series of fun projects and activities.

A Thousand Invisible Cords: Connecting Genes to Ecosystems

A Thousand Invisible Cords: Connecting Genes to Ecosystems is an award-winning eco-documentary that examines whether one gene in one plant or animal can change an entire ecosystem. The conclusion is surprising: “The effects of genes extend beyond the individual to have community and ecosystem consequences,” according to Thomas Whitham, the documentary’s science advisor and the Executive Director of the Merriam Powell-Center for Environmental Research.

During the fall of 2012, the film was broadcast on more than 150 PBS television stations. The film will be shown in some of the country’s largest markets, including New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Phoenix.  

A River Reborn: The Restoration of Fossil Creek

A River Reborn is a remarkable one-hour documentary that brings to life the natural and human history of Fossil Creek, Arizona. The film examines the ecological effects of a 100-year-old dam and hydroelectric facility and highlights the success of restoration efforts for people and native species following the 15-year process that led to decommissioning. Produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Paul Bockhorst. Narrated by Ted Danson.