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16 June 2016
<p>When it comes to coral reefs, there’s good news and bad news, according to one of the largest global studies of these imperiled habitats. While overfishing has led to coral reef degradation, it seems certain reef “bright spots” still manage to flourish.</p> <p>Researchers from...
14 June 2016
<p>Halfway between Hawaii and American Samoa lies a group of small islands and inlets. Among them is Palmyra Atoll, an almost 5-square-mile ring of coral.</p> <p>The lagoons of Palmyra — part of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument — provide sanctuary for a variety...
9 June 2016
<p>Sometimes good fish go bad. But it’s not their fault.</p> <p>In a three-year effort to understand the effects of known stressors such as overfishing and nutrient pollution on coral reefs, scientists made a totally unexpected finding: A normally healthy interaction between fish...
2 June 2016
<p>Between April 20 and July 15, 2010, millions of barrels of crude oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico from a blown well beneath the Deepwater Horizon oil rig; it was the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history. Although the oil was undetectable in surface waters within a few weeks after the...
16 March 2016
<p>Beyond the breakers, the ocean is like the Wild West. While not completely lawless, its vastness and remoteness make it hard to observe and more difficult to manage human activity.</p> <p>Recently developed technology may change that. A navigational safety aid called AIS (...
10 March 2016
<p>Nature has its own economy, with trading as dynamic as that of any stock exchange. To cope with nutrient deficiencies in their respective habitats, certain plants, animals and fungi have evolved partnerships by which they can swap resources.</p> <p>However, according to a new...
22 February 2016
<p>With forests and farmland, mountains and desert and almost 900 miles of scenic coastline, California’s vast terrain is both dramatic and varied.</p> <p>The newly published “Ecosystems of California” (UC Press, 2016) provides a comprehensive synthesis of this biologically...
17 February 2016
<p>They’re hungry, they’re growing and they may be headed this way.</p> <p>Several months ago, tens of thousands of cobia, a species of fish farmed as a high-quality food source, escaped from an aquaculture facility off the coast of Ecuador. Almost mature, the fish are making...
2 February 2016
<p>An interdisciplinary group of researchers at UC Santa Barbara has taken strides in the development of an underwater adhesive that has the potential for a variety of biomedical and non-biological applications. Areas such as tissue repair, dental adhesives and other surface adhesion...
21 December 2015
<p>A new initiative, supported by an anonymous $6 million grant, will foster collaborative research on the distinctive microbial communities that are the foundation of the ecosystem in the Sargasso Sea, an area that occupies two-thirds of the North Atlantic Ocean.</p> <p>Craig...

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