Marmots en What Can Marmots Teach Us About Plastics? <p></p><p></p><p>At the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab in Gothic, just over the Maroon Bells from Aspen, a number of long-term field studies are pumping out reams of scientific data. In part two of our report on the laboratory, science reporter Ellis Robinson looked at a study on marmots that raises questions about the abundance of plastics in human society.</p><p></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:56:12 +0000 Ellis Robinson 4675 at What Can Marmots Teach Us About Plastics? The Marmots of RMBL <p></p><p></p><p>A colony of small mammals lives high above Crested Butte, just on the other side of West Maroon Pass from Aspen. &nbsp;And, for more than fifty years, the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory there has been watching the daily lives of these yellow-bellied marmots. &nbsp;It’s one of the longest running animal studies in the world. &nbsp;Our science reporter Ellis Robinson spent several days hanging out with the marmots and the “marmot-teers” who study them. &nbsp;In the first of two reports, Ellis explores what data the researchers are collecting.</p><p></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:25:24 +0000 Ellis Robinson 4674 at The Marmots of RMBL