News

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...
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 —...

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