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2 January 2018
<p>This is the story of a spider, small but bold.</p> <p>This particular arachnid, in fact, has helped to debunk the Great Man Theory, a 19th-century notion positing that highly influential individuals use their power — be it personal charisma, intelligence, wisdom or political...
7 November 2017
<p>Invasive species can be hugely detrimental to marine ecosystems. Take Caulerpa taxifolia as an example.</p> <p>Dubbed “killer algae” because it crowds out other plants and animals as it colonizes an area with great monotypic stands of vegetation, C. taxifolia displaces rich...
2 November 2017
<p>When 15 North Atlantic right whales turned up dead in U.S. and Canadian waters in the summer of 2017, it was declared an unprecedented mass mortality event. For a highly endangered species with slightly more than 500 animals remaining, the crisis signals a major shift in the population’s...
24 October 2017
<p>Virtual reality has nothing on nature. Just ask the UC Santa Barbara students who one recent day trekked to a forest before dawn to listen to a chorus of early birds.</p> <p>They had hiked into the woods for that very purpose as part of a field study course, tasked with...
16 October 2017
<p>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...
19 September 2017
<p>Steephead parrotfish (Chlorurus microrhinos) are picky eaters. In the central Pacific, however, they appear to have taken matters into their own hands — er, fins.</p> <p>A new study by UC Santa Barbara marine biologists shows for the first time that these large algae-eaters...
22 August 2017
<p>Fewer trips to the dentist may be in your future, and you have mussels to thank.</p> <p>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...
14 August 2017
<p>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.</p> <p>Mazer, a professor in UC Santa Barbara’s...
14 August 2017
<p>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.</p> <p...
4 August 2017
<p>The health of dolphin populations worldwide depends on sustained access to robust food sources.</p> <p>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,...

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