Media Tip Sheet: Groundhog Day

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Greg Florant, professor in the Department of Biology at Colorado State University, has spent a large part of his career studying how marmots and ground squirrels use fats and other nutrients to hibernate. Florant says Punxsutawney Phil, that industrious Pennsylvania groundhog who emerges each Feb. 2 to study his shadow, can teach scientists something about the relationship between food intake and body mass, bringing greater understanding of the hibernation process. To speak with Florant, contact Emily Wilmsen at (970) 491-2336 or