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16 October 2017
The blue whale is the largest animal known ever to have existed — bigger even than dinosaurs — yet it is no match for a massive cargo ship. Ship strikes are estimated to kill over 80 endangered whales off the west coast of the United States each year, posing a major threat to their recovery. Risk...
19 September 2017
Steephead parrotfish (Chlorurus microrhinos) are picky eaters. In the central Pacific, however, they appear to have taken matters into their own hands — er, fins. A new study by UC Santa Barbara marine biologists shows for the first time that these large algae-eaters rotationally harvest their...
22 August 2017
Fewer trips to the dentist may be in your future, and you have mussels to thank. Inspired by the mechanisms mussels use to adhere to inhospitable surfaces, UC Santa Barbara researchers have developed a new type of dental composite that provides an extra layer of durability to treated teeth. The...
14 August 2017
Native plants have a guardian angel in Susan Mazer. Her research as a botanist has furthered the conservation of some of the rarest plant species in California and has influenced the design of habitat restoration efforts. Mazer, a professor in UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Ecology, Evolution,...
14 August 2017
When the Colorado-based oil company Venoco, Inc. — founded in Carpinteria, California, more than two decades ago — declared bankruptcy last spring and ceded its offshore lease, the state of California “inherited” 50-year-old Platform Holly off the coast of Santa Barbara. Now the state must decide...
4 August 2017
The health of dolphin populations worldwide depends on sustained access to robust food sources. A new report by UC Santa Barbara researchers and colleagues at UC San Diego and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration looks at three different dolphin species, studying what they eat and...
31 July 2017
For more than two decades, UC Santa Barbara biologist Roland Knapp has been working with mountain yellow-legged frogs in the Sierras. Based at the UCSB-managed Sierra Nevada Aquatic Reserach Laboratory, he has seen and studied drastic changes in frog populations, watching their numbers twindle from...
19 June 2017
Sometimes conferences pay off. Pun intended. For UC Santa Barbara microbiologist Alyson Santoro, the 2016 National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) conference proved that point twice over, when she received a pair of grants to pursue work inspired by the year’s theme, “Discovering the Deep...
6 June 2017
First, the bad news: New data reveals that acidified ocean water is pervasive along the West Coast — and is likely to keep spreading. So what’s the good news? Persistent, less-acidic havens in some regions may be sheltering marine life from the harsher, low-pH conditions. With the first-ever...
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...

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