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28 November 2012
The fog comes in, and a drop of water forms on a pine needle, rolls down the needle, and falls to the forest floor. The process is repeated over and over, on each pine needle of every tree in a forest of Bishop pines on Santa Cruz Island, off the coast of Santa Barbara. That fog drip helps the...
1 November 2012
Since 1997, the Multi-Agency Rocky Intertidal Network –– or MARINe –– has been helping scientists and others understand those narrow ecological ribbons where land and sea meet at the coastline. The intertidal shores are home to unique plant and animal communities that have adapted to alternating...
1 November 2012
Predation by otters keeps urchin populations in check, allowing kelp –– a favorite food of urchins –– to flourish. But what if otters were harvested to near extinction for their fur? The resulting overabundance of urchins would decimate the kelp forest, leaving little food or shelter for fish and...
23 October 2012
The job of Marine Biologist Jenn Caselle and her dive team is to research the incredible underwater environment off the southern west coast.  Part of The Marine Science Institute at the University of California at Santa Barbara, the group passionately explores and documents delicate coral reef,...
23 October 2012
A research team led by a scientist from UC Santa Barbara and supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has retrieved data from a sensor in Antarctic waters that survived the harsh polar winter. The information it gathered will provide critical baseline data on the changes in chemistry, or...
28 September 2012
UC Santa Barbara is part of a West Coast network of researchers that has received a grant of nearly $1.1 million from the National Science Foundation to analyze the ecological and biological response to ocean acidification in the California Current System. With increasing levels of carbon dioxide...
28 September 2012
26 September 2012 Monterey, California Rising acidity in the oceans is expected to have dire consequences for organisms like coral, but some sea urchins have the genetic tools to adapt to the inhospitable conditions, researchers have found. The result, presented Monday at the Third International...
28 September 2012
Thanks to studies of a fish that gives birth to live young and is not fished commercially, scientists at UC Santa Barbara have discovered that food availability is a critical limiting factor in the health of fish populations. The scientists were able to attach numbers to this idea, based on 16...
10 September 2012
Lake Baikal, known as the Sacred Sea of Siberia, is the subject of "Science for Everyone!" and is the first in this monthly series of talks hosted by UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The...
20 August 2012
Using a new comprehensive index designed to assess the benefits to people of healthy oceans, scientists have evaluated the ecological, social, economic, and political conditions for every coastal country in the world. Their findings, published today in the journal Nature, show that the global ocean...

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