Ellis Juhlin

Science News Reporter

Ellis Juhlin is a science reporter here at Utah Public Radio and a Master's Student at Utah State. She studies Ferruginous Hawk nestlings and the factors that influence their health. She loves our natural world and being part of wildlife research. Now, getting to communicate that kind of research to the UPR listeners through this position makes her love what she does even more. In her free time, you can find her outside on a trail with her partner Matt and her goofy pups Dodger and Finley. They love living in a place where there are year-round adventures to be had!


With the current megadrought Utah is experiencing, most reservoirs are at or below 50% capacity. For Utah’s fish, less water means their environments are shrinking around them and these smaller bodies of water tend to heat up faster.

In his monthly news conference, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox addressed a variety of issues, including the ongoing drought facing the state and the recent rise in COVID-19 cases. 


Utah is the second driest state in the country and currently suffering from a megadrought. Fire season is off to an early start since drier plants ignite easily and burn hot and fast— a combination that leads to wildfires that are especially difficult to contain.

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Rabbit hemorrhagic disease is a highly contagious virus that causes liver inflammation, leading to fatal hemorrhaging of blood in rabbits and pikas. The disease originated in Europe but spread to North America in 2018.

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When Camp Williams was built, it was bordered by open land. Today it is located near some of Utah’s fastest growing communities, and much of the open land around it is being developed.