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12 November 2015
When the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, scientists knew the fallout would be far-reaching — both geographically and temporally. What investigators didn’t know until now is that the millions of gallons of chemical dispersants meant to stimulate microbial...
3 November 2015
As the University of California steps up efforts to eliminate its carbon footprint, it has named Faculty Climate Action Champions at each campus to work with students on projects aimed at building community engagement and awareness. The inaugural group of champions includes physicists, engineers,...
17 September 2015
More than a decade ago, California established marine protected areas (MPAs) in state waters around the northern Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara. Several years later, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) extended these MPAs into the federal waters of the Channel...
24 August 2015
Food webs are incredibly complex networks of interactions between organisms and the things they eat. One creature’s prey is another creature’s predator, while some organisms consume one type of food in their juvenile stage and another as adults. Thousands of modeling studies have been developed to...
19 August 2015
From now on, when UC Santa Barbara biologist Alejandra Jaramillo thinks of a bladder infection, she’ll picture her mentor, UCSB parasitologist Armand Kuris. And because she and her colleagues described and named a new myxozoan parasite that infects fish bladders, every other researcher who...
13 August 2015
On May 19, 2015, near Refugio State Beach, thousands of gallons of oil leaked from a pipeline fed by offshore platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel. Within hours, UC Santa Barbara’s David Valentine and volunteers from his lab were on site collecting samples. They came back twice the next day and...
3 August 2015
A new study, conducted by research biologist Robert Miller of UC Santa Barbara’s Marine Science Institute and colleagues from Greenpeace, combines a variety of data to identify coral and sponge habitats that may be threatened by bottom-trawling. Further, the investigators also used the results of...
16 July 2015
As a professor of marine microbiology and geochemistry at UCSB, I teach students about the ocean; sometimes I even get to teach them about its chemistry and the microbes that drive that chemistry. Normally this all occurs in the classroom, where PowerPoint slides must serve as seawater and my...
1 July 2015
Built in 1986, the Diama Dam between Senegal and Mauritania was constructed on the Senegal River to improve irrigation for nearby crops and prevent upstream saltwater intrusion. However, shortly after its completion, it became evident that what many people in the area would have gained in economic...
5 June 2015
Over the last few days, the waters off the Santa Barbara coast have turned a striking shade of turquoise. The mystery behind this unusual color change is a type of chalk-producing phytoplanktonic organism called a coccolithophore. But what makes these otherwise invisible life forms suddenly visible...

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