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18 May 2017
Talk about stressed out. Cauliflower coral larvae are feeling the heat — literally. At least they were when UC Santa Barbara marine scientists exposed them to warmer water in an effort to understand how future climate change might impact coral reefs. The results? Less tolerance for stress. The...
25 April 2017
Is conservation good for your health? Seems like a no-brainer, right? Not so much, according to a group of scientists who have collaborated on a new research volume that explores what turns out to be a very tough question. UC Santa Barbara ecologists teamed up with colleagues at Duke University and...
18 April 2017
It’s a fish-eat-fish world out in the ocean, and prey species usually fear the predators that would make them into a tasty snack. Looks like someone forgot to tell the parrotfish, though. According to new research by UC Santa Barbara marine scientists, Chlorurus spilurus, known as the bullethead or...
3 April 2017
Researchers have discovered that previously unidentified microorganisms have a genetic element that enables them to self-mutate. What's more, these organisms are so plentiful they dramatically expand the diversity of the tree of life. "This discovery reveals how rapid evolution happens in...
23 March 2017
It’s an image nobody wants to see: The body of a majestic blue whale, lying limp over the bow of a massive cargo vessel, or washed up on a beach, fatally wounded from what’s commonly known as a “ship strike.” The collisions have become all too frequent, as ship traffic proliferates along migratory...
17 March 2017
The oceans are great at absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air, but when their deep waters are brought to the surface, the oceans themselves can be a source of this prevalent greenhouse gas. Wind patterns together with the Earth’s rotation drive deep ocean water — and the CO2 it sequesters —...
14 March 2017
Swimming with metaphorical sharks is one thing, but actually getting into the water with the razor-toothed ocean predators? Crazy, right? Not according to the masses of shark-obsessed scuba divers who travel great distances — and pay big money — to get face time with the giant fish. A multimillion-...
14 March 2017
Roughly 13,000 years ago, large ice-age mammals known as megafauna — horses, camels, mammoths, mastodons and many others — suddenly disappeared in North America. At the same time, a widespread human culture vanished. Mounting scientific evidence suggests this happened in dramatic fashion by a comet...
23 February 2017
Many shark populations around the world are known to have declined over the past several decades, yet marine scientists lack important baseline information about what a healthy shark population looks like. A clearer picture is now coming into focus — thanks to a team of scientists who investigated...
23 January 2017
Making up 90 percent of the inhabitable space on our planet and providing half of the world’s oxygen, oceans play an irreplaceable role in global health, in every sense of the word. Add to that the worth of oceans as a global asset — estimated at $24 trillion — and the need to protect the health of...

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