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Cutthroat Trout

Stocking of Colorado's true greenback trout began with CU-Boulder study

A genetic sleuthing effort led by the University of Colorado Boulder that resulted in the identification of Colorado’s “true” native greenback cutthroat trout two years ago has come full circle with the stocking of the official state fish into Colorado’s high country. The stocking event was a conservation management milestone, a result of a novel 2012 genetic study led by CU-Boulder Senior Research Associate Jessica Metcalf of the BioFrontiers Institute that helped to clarify the native diversity and distribution of several Colorado cutthroat trout strains.

Roughly 1,200 greenback cutthroat fingerlings reared in federal and state hatcheries in Colorado were stocked into Zimmerman Lake, located in the South Platte River basin near Cameron Pass west of Fort Collins on Friday, Aug. 8. The Greenback Cutthroat Trout Recovery Team involving state and federal agencies hopes the milestone is the first step in reintroducing the federally protected fish into selected waters in the South Platte basin. Read more

Rob Knight, a professor in the University of Colorado Boulder’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and a faculty member at the BioFrontiers Institute, is sharing the largest known dataset on the human microbiome and the software key to understand what it may reveal about the role of the millions of bacteria living in and on the human body. The data is from the American Gut Project and includes information from more than 3,000 participants, 101 million DNA sequences and 27 gigabytes of sequencing information. The data has been deidentified to remove personal information, which was collected from 3,238 participants ranging in age from newborns to octogenarians, and Paleo dieters to omnivores. Read more


BioFrontiers is looking for its next interdisciplinary scientist:

BioFrontiers integrates faculty from nine departments to address significant problems in biology and medicine at the interface of the biological sciences with the physical sciences, mathematics, computer science, and/or engineering. This faculty search will focus on candidates seeking to develop an internationally recognized research program in computational biology, with additional emphases on genomics, the microbiome, and/or network science. Successful candidates must demonstrate a strong focus on innovative computation in their research plan. Read more