Media Advisory/Photo: Marmot expert available to answer hibernation questions

Note to Reporters: Groundhog Day is Sunday, February 2.

On February 2, Punxstawney Phil will emerge from hibernation and predict an early spring or longer winter based on whether he sees his shadow.

Colorado State University professor Greg Florant can answer questions about why and how groundhogs hibernate for the winter.

Florant has spent most of his career researching how marmots, also known as groundhogs, and ground squirrels use fats and nutrients to hibernate and why they stop eating.

To speak with Florant about his research, please contact Kortny Rolston at or 970-491-5349.