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1 December 2014
Arundo donax, a tall perennial grass species native to Eurasia, is right at home in a portion of Ventura County’s Santa Clara River — where it shouldn’t be. With headwaters in the Los Padres and San Gabriel national forests, the river empties into the Pacific Ocean near the city of Ventura,...
19 November 2014
Since 2013, millions of sea stars native to the Pacific coast of North America from Baja California to southern Alaska have succumbed to a mysterious wasting disease in which their limbs pull away from their bodies and their organs exude through their skin — a disease researchers say could trigger...
12 November 2014
The adult human body is made up of about 37 trillion cells. Microbes, mainly bacteria, outnumber body cells by 10 to 1. Increasingly, scientists recognize that this huge community of microbes, called the microbiome, affects the health, development and evolution of all multicellular organisms,...
28 October 2014
Due to the environmental disaster’s unprecedented scope, assessing the damage caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been a challenge. One unsolved puzzle is the location of 2 million barrels of submerged oil thought to be trapped in the deep ocean. UC Santa Barbara’s...
27 October 2014
In the middle of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, situated nearly 1,000 miles south of the Hawaiian Islands, Palmyra Atoll is an ocean wilderness teeming with rare animal and plant life. Thanks to President Obama, half of the monument’s boundaries have been extended from 50...
23 October 2014
Gary Geller Deputy Manager, Applied Sciences Ecological Forecasting Program, NASA Thursday, October 23, 2014 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Marine Science Research Building Auditorium Reception to follow, MSI 2nd floor balcony Abstract The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is building a Global Earth...
20 October 2014
A longstanding question among scientists is whether evolution is predictable. A team of researchers from UC Santa Barbara may have found a preliminary answer. The genetic underpinnings of complex traits in cephalopods may in fact be predictable because they evolved in the same way in two distinct...
14 October 2014
Oil platforms off the Southern California coast are some of the world’s most productive marine fish habitats, according to a new study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The findings could have important policy implications for the decommissioning and...
8 October 2014
Is life in the oceans changing over the years? Are humans causing long-term declines in ocean biodiversity with climate change, fishing and other impacts? At present, scientists are unable to answer these questions because little data exist for many marine organisms, and the small amount of...
22 September 2014
When famed ocean explorer Robert Ballad and his research team were exploring the complex seamounts off the British Virgin Islands earlier this month from their ship, E/V Nautilus, a group of Santa Barbara elementary school students was right there with them. Virtually. Thanks to a 24/7 satellite...

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