Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

"The Snow Guardian," Billy Barr joins Cool Science Radio. Billy lives alone on a secluded site of an abandoned silver mine shack in Gothic, Colorado, population 180.

 Cool Science Radio speaks with Dr. David Inouye, a research ecologist at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory near Crested Butte, Colorado, where he has spent summer field seasons since 1971. He is also professor emeritus at the University of Maryland. His long-term studies of the timing of the biological events in plants and animals are being used now to provide insights into the effects of climate change at high altitudes.

Cool Science Radio welcomes Ian Billick, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. At 9,300 feet in a picturesque canyon above Crested Butte, Colorado, in the former silver mining/ghost town of Gothic, scientists from all over the globe come each year to do research at this mountain outpost also known as RMBL. Billick is a field biologist who is interested in the ecology and evolution of complex systems. He has a Phd in Biology from UCSD and he lives in Crested Butte.