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23 January 2019
<p>An animal’s evolution is not only a matter of adapting to external conditions, or what’s “out there.” Oftentimes, what’s inside is equally important.</p> <p>Now, an international team of scientists, including two at UC Santa Barbara, has set out to better understand the genetic...
23 January 2019
<p>In the animal kingdom, food access is among the biggest drivers of habitat preference. It influences, among other things, how animals interact, where they roam and the amount of energy they expend to maintain their access to food. But how do different members of ecologically similar...
26 March 2018
<p>Healthier fish stocks. Higher catches. Profits from fishing. Is there a way to achieve these holy grails of commercial fisheries without harming endangered species that are caught incidentally?</p> <p>A new UC Santa Barbara-led study has found that may indeed be possible about...
15 March 2018
<p>When British naturalist Charles Darwin traveled to the Galapagos Islands in 1835, he took notice of the giant kelp forests ringing the islands. He believed that if those forests were destroyed, a significant number of species would be lost. These underwater ecosystems, Darwin believed,...
6 March 2018
<p>The Asian tiger mosquito — carrier of such diseases as dengue, yellow fever, Rift Valley fever, Chikungunya and Zika — appears to have vanished from Palmyra.</p> <p>Not native to the small atoll 1,000 miles south of Hawaii, Aedes albopict likely came to Palmyra during World War...
5 March 2018
<p>UC Santa Barbara ecologist Douglas McCauley has been selected a 2018 early career fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA). An assistant professor in UCSB’s Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology (EEMB) and director of the Benioff Ocean Initiative, McCauley is one of...
28 February 2018
<p>The global fishing fleet is so big it can be seen from space. Really.</p> <p>Fishing activity now covers at least 55 percent of the world’s oceans — four times the land area covered by agriculture — and can now be monitored, in near real time, to the level of individual vessels...
26 February 2018
<p>As a beach-loving 12-year-old, Jeff Elings found a shark egg in the sand and brought it home. With help from his mom Betty, he put it into an aquarium and nurtured it with a daily supply of ocean water. Then it hatched.</p> <p>Thinking quickly of nearby UC Santa Barbara and its...
1 February 2018
<p>Can targeted conservation facilitate recovery of intertwined species?</p> <p>The Recovery &amp; Resilience Lab at UC Santa Barbara is dedicated to finding out. Its marine ecologists examine how ocean ecosystems bounce back from disturbance and how sustainable management can...
17 January 2018
<p>Situated between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the coastal plain to the north and the unique Northern Channel Islands archipelago to the south, the coastal zone of Southern California near Santa Barbara is especially alluring.</p> <p>A new children’s book, “The Golden Forest” (...

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