Size Matters: Smaller Fish and Endangered Reefs


UC Santa Barbara research biologist Jenn Caselle recently published a study revealing the importance of and threats to the California sheephead fish (Semicossyphus pulcher) in maintaining healthy marine ecosystems. Caselle and Scott Hamilton, a former postdoctoral researcher at UCSB and current faculty member at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, combined over 30 years of data documenting […]

UCSB Recieves National Science Foundation Funding For Research

Two UCSB research teams have received multimillion dollar long-term research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund their studies of kelp forests and coral reefs along the Santa Barbara coast. The Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research (SBC LTER) and the Moorea Coral Reef Long Term Ecological Research (MCR LTER) will now […]

Scientists Find Algae-Clearing Fish Foster Coral Growth

Researchers at UCSB’s Marine Science Institute recently discovered a link between the behavior of algae-eating fish and the resiliency of coral reefs. At the Moorea Coral Reef in French Polynesia, one of 26 sites of the multi-university Long Term Ecological Research Network funded by the National Science Foundation, the team observed that the region’s herbivorous […]