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14 March 2017
<p>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...
23 February 2017
<p>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...
23 January 2017
<p>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...
10 January 2017
<p>There’s a new pest in town and it’s threatening one of the area’s top crops: avocados. First discovered in Los Angeles County in 2003, six-legged Asian shot hole borers have been found by UC Santa Barbara researchers in their own backyard.</p> <p>Last year, the insects appeared...
21 December 2016
<p>The oil discharged into the Gulf of Mexico following the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) rig in 2010 contaminated more than 1,000 square miles of seafloor. The complexity of the event has made it difficult for scientists to determine the long-term fate of oil in this...
15 December 2016
<p>In early 2014, when a large-scale marine heat wave in the Pacific Ocean produced temperature anomalies greater than anything seen since recordkeeping began in the early 1900s, marine scientists saw something else, too: opportunity.</p> <p>Ocean researchers at UC Santa Barbara...
8 December 2016
<p>Since my recent move to Tucson, Arizona, a wave of nostalgia has engulfed me. I miss the Pacific. I’ve been thinking about the Western horizon where the ocean kisses the sky, the salt air stays on my lips, and where tar balls, masses of fragrant black goo, sometimes stick to the bottom of...
6 October 2016
<p>Situated between the shoreline and the northern Channel Islands, the Santa Barbara Basin is like a giant underwater bathtub. Like many tubs, it has a ring — in this case, a microbial watermark of epic proportions.</p> <p>The ring itself was a fluke discovery made by UC Santa...
4 October 2016
<p>They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.</p> <p>That old adage appears to hold true for the endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog (Rana sierrae), whose remarkable recovery in the face of myriad threats has now been documented in an expansive, data-rich study of...
23 September 2016
<p>Tucked between the sandy bluffs, tranquil lagoon, and waves of Campus Point, UCSB’s REEF is where more than 10,000 Santa Barbara schoolkids are introduced to the underwater world each year. Designed and developed 13 years ago by Scott Simon, who was hired in 2003 as outreach coordinator...

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