Natural History Museum of Utah

A close up of quaking aspen trees.

Indigenous land-use reduced catastrophic wildfires on the Fish Lake Plateau

U researchers found that 1,000 years ago, the Fremont used cultural burning to reduce the risk for large-scale wildfire activity in mountain environments.


A mural of the night sky, with a full moon. Constellations are drawn in the sky, the sky shows an arm of the Milky Way galaxy in fuchsia and dark blue, the full moon shows a figure of a rabbit in it. The foreground is a silhouette of a hill with a wolf howling, people pointing at the sky. The bottom has numbers that show how the darkness gets lighter towards the city due to light pollution.

Dark sky’s future leaders

The first undergraduate cohort of the dark sky studies minor completed the Dark Sky Studies Capstone course with projects that made an impact in Utah’s communities.


A reversal of Earth’s geomagnetic field

Approximately 42,000 years ago the Earth’s geomagnetic field reversed, triggering dramatic climate shifts and fueling ecological change on a global scale.


The mouse is light brown fur, a long tail and cute round ears holds a bunch of leaves in its mouth while scurrying across dead leaves on the ground.

Rediscovery of the ‘extinct’ Pinatubo volcano mouse

In 1991, a volcano in the Philippines had the second-most powerful volcanic eruption of the 20th century. Its effects were devastating—but a mouse feared to have gone extinct survived.


Plants reveal how people lived in Bears Ears

Was this national monument “landscaped” for the use of the people?


Nels Elde discusses his MacArther Fellowship on the University of Utah's Facebook Page via Zoom

The Year in “zUUm” Talks

This was the year we took Zoom to a whole new level.


How are you getting your art fix this winter?

The U offers up an assortment of ways to be a patron of the arts.


Night watch at the museum

A team of six security officers who work in the Natural History Museum of Utah do more than traditional security work.


‘Behind the Scenes Reimagined’ with Ty Burrell

Join the “Modern Family” actor for a five-part webcast examining the Natural History Museum of Utah’s collections.


What’s open on campus?

An inclusive list of facilitates, food courts and amenities open and ready to serve the campus community.