Ashley Piccone

Part-time Reporter

Ashley is a PhD student in Astronomy and Physics at UW. She loves to communicate science and does so with WPM, on the Astrobites blog, and through outreach events. She was born in Colorado and got her BS in Engineering Physics at Colorado School of Mines. Ashley loves hiking and backpacking during Wyoming days and the clear starry skies at night!

Eric Kounce

Methane has a larger impact on global warming than carbon dioxide. Some states are releasing a lot of it through abandoned oil and gas wells, but a new study finds Wyoming is not one of them.

Left - Mellimage/, center - Montree Hanlue/, right - NASA

A new study finds that liberals and conservatives not only hold different beliefs about climate change, but they also pay attention to different aspects of it.

Tom Koerner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The time between precipitation events in the West is increasing. That could have negative effects on ecosystems and wildfires.

Julius Schorzman

Many college students misuse prescription stimulants like Adderall. But a new study from the University of Wyoming finds that caffeine may be a safe and effective substitute.

Dorian Anderson/Audubon Photography Awards

Wyoming is a stronghold for the sage grouse. But a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) finds the birds are on a long-term decline.

Ganesh Marin

Jaguars have been a very rare sight in the U.S. over the last 30 years. But a new study by the University of Wyoming and University of Arizona captured video of one of the animals.

Robert H. Mohlenbrock / U.S. Department of Agriculture

Plants use carbon dioxide to create energy through a process called photosynthesis. But a new study finds that increased amounts of the gas aren't necessarily beneficial for grasslands in Wyoming.

Wyoming Dinosaur Center & Dig Sites

Dinosaur bones are often scattered around, so it's important to figure out what bones belong to the same animal. That's difficult to do, but a new method may help.

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

This winter season has been a deadly one for avalanches. Many of those avalanches were caused by a single type of snow condition known as a deep persistent slab, which is dangerous and hard to predict. New research may help with that.

Bethann Garramon Merkle and Anna Nellis Smith

Communicating science is important, especially when it saves lives like in the COVID-19 pandemic. But it's difficult to do when words mean different things to scientists versus the public.

Joshua Malone

New research suggests that certain rocks in Wyoming might be there because of dinosaur migration.

Wally Eberhart / Getty Images

Fairy rings are all around Wyoming, so it's possible you have seen them without noticing - they look like rings of extra-green grass or mushrooms. The circles can be explained by science, but, as their name suggests, are the subject of many folklore stories. How that came about starts with a story about dancing.

Gabriel Falzone/UCLA

Cement production makes up eight percent of man-made carbon emissions. But a new technology developed by the University of California, Los Angeles might change that.

Colorado State Forest Service

A new USDA Forest Service and Colorado State Forest Service survey finds that spruce beetles continue to be the most damaging pest in Rocky Mountain forests.

US Department of Agriculture

Researchers are trying to understand the lifecycle of the Mormon cricket—a common pest in the Rocky Mountains.

Amy Banic

The University of Wyoming's Interactive Realities Lab is developing new tools to make virtual reality more lifelike, and as a result more useful for training simulations, education and entertainment.

Cloud Peak in the Bighorn Mountains.
National Park Service

Scientists at the University of Wyoming have used a new method to measure past climate in the state.

Fish and Wildlife Service

A new study finds that human interference affects how much elk interact with each other.

A male sage grouse.
Pacific Southwest Region U.S. Fish and Wildlife Servic

Wyoming's sage grouse population is declining, but reproduction rates held steady this year.


Many people think of science and art as complete opposites, but one University of Wyoming researcher is working to combine the two. Wyoming Public Radio's Ashley Piccone spoke with Karen Vaughan, a pedology professor who is using the soil in her research to make watercolor paint. She said soil is more important than you would think.

J. E. Stimson / Wyoming State Archives

The Wyoming State Legislature has approved $24 million for water development. Some of that funding will go towards fixing the unsafe LaPrele dam near Douglas.

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Tiger chert is a stone that formed about 50 million years ago in Wyoming and the surrounding region, and artifacts made from the rock are found around the West. It's made of quartz and has distinctive stripes that give it its name.

Girls Who Code

The Array Foundation is a nonprofit that promotes computer science and engineering in Wyoming, and it's announced a new chapter of Girls Who Code in Cheyenne.


The National Center for Atmospheric Research Cheyenne supercomputer will be replaced and updated this year.

NPS Photo / Jim Ecklund

A new study finds that bark beetle infestations and wildfires may change the structure of forests.

Todd Katzner/U.S. Geological Survey

Wind farms pose a threat to eagles. But a new system to identify the raptors and shut down the turbines may help.