Ashley PicconeNews Fellow
I am the 2021 American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Fellow at KUNC. My goal is to tell the true stories of science — and make them understandable and fascinating for all.
I am also an astronomy PhD student at the University of Wyoming, where I image and examine the tiny particles of dust between the stars. I graduated from Colorado School of Mines with a degree in Engineering Physics in 2018. In 2020, I began writing for the astronomy blog Astrobites and creating science stories at Wyoming Public Radio.
I was recently named a Future Investigator in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology. The grant will fund the remainder of my PhD work.
When I’m not chasing down scientists, translating their research, or doing some of my own, you can find me running, hiking, snuggling my cat, or munching on a bagel.
In recent weeks, Colorado’s air quality has rapidly deteriorated. Smog, a portion of which is composed of smoke from wildfires within and outside the state, has obscured our view of the mountains from the Front Range. And this week the state failed to meet an Environmental Protection Agency deadline for reducing ozone pollution.
This week has brought hazy skies and air quality alerts to the Front Range and Mountain communities. Some of the pollution is coming from wildfires outside and within Colorado.
Climate change is raising temperatures, changing weather patterns and causing droughts. It also impacts wildlife like the American pika by threatening its high mountain habitat in Colorado and other parts of the West, but a group of scientists and outdoor enthusiasts are trying to help.
NASA is planning two missions to Venus in order to study how the planet became Earth’s “evil twin.” Colorado scientists are involved in each stage of the projects, which will launch at the end of the decade.
As Colorado enters the hottest months of the year, drought and high temperatures are on most people's minds. But researchers at Colorado State University are still focused on snow.
Amid the devastation from two of Colorado’s largest wildfires in history, recovery efforts are emerging. They're the beginning of what experts say is a complex, yearslong process.
Colorado is a global leader in preserving dark night skies. This year alone, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Mesa Verde National Park and four mountain towns were recognized for their stargazing potential. While these remote locations are good at preserving their starry views, residents of the Front Range would have to help out the state's largest national park.