Environment & Ecology

Maykonome: Conservationist and photographer Cristina Mittermeier speaks on ocean protection efforts

On Friday, May 10, Cristina Mittermeier spoke as part of UC Santa Barbara’s Arts and Lectures “Earth, Air, Fire, Water” series, sharing with audiences her experiences as a photographer and how t...
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Diversifying the outdoors with wildlife biologist Rae Wynn-Grant

Four-time Emmy-nominated ecologist, television personality, author and Bren School of Environmental Science and Management researcher Rae Wynn-Grant spoke at the Pacific View Room at UC Santa Barbara ...
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“What if We Get it Right?”: Author Ayana Elizabeth Johnson urges audience to consider the possibility of creating a climate-friendly future

On May 7, UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures hosted marine biologist, policy expert and author Ayana Elizabeth Johnson.
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NYU professor proposes solutions for sustainable agriculture at Bren Hall

On April 29 Sonali McDermid, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at New York University, presented at UC Santa Barbara’s Bren Hall to share her expertise on sustainable methods of reducing ...
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UCSB doctoral student named Schmidt Science Fellow, aims to advance pollution monitoring

UC Santa Barbara doctoral student Satish Kumar was one of 32 early-career scientists from 17 nationalities to be recently chosen as a 2024 Schmidt Science Fellow, a prestigious postdoctoral program.
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Are we fossil fools? A wake-up call for Earth Day

In honor of this year’s Earth Day, two determined engineers by the names of Craig Smith and William Fletcher presented their key findings on climate change at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural His...
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Faculty Feature: Dr. Jean-Marie Volland’s road to UCSB

Dr. Jean-Marie Volland, an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at UC Santa Barbara, is delving into the micro-world beyond the scope of the microsco...
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Going Deeper: A look into scientific diving at UCSB

Humans have little understanding of what happens beneath the surface of the ocean. Community members at UCSB are exploring the depths of it with scientific diving.
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Unveiling the climate crisis in Santa Barbara
Unveiling the climate crisis in Santa Barbara

Unveiling the climate crisis in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara has warmed by 2.3 degrees Celsius since 1895.. Efforts to reduce emissions saw an increase by 14% despite the City Council's goal of carbon neutrality by 2035.
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A buzzworthy affair: New Solvang museum exhibition celebrates pollinators

Pollinators, the unsung heroes of nature, are vital to the health of our ecosystems as well as to the diversity of our food sources. The California Nature Art Museum in Solvang and UC Santa Barbara’...
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Recent sewage spill in Goleta Slough leads to beach closure

Over the course of four days, more than 1,000,000 gallons of untreated sewage spilled into the Goleta Slough during the rainstorms earlier this month. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department...
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UBC professor discusses wildfire mitigation and self-protection at Bren Hall

Most people believe wildfires are a wall of flame that engulfs buildings. Renowned professor and environmental economist says otherwise. He says the culprit is ember branding, the very foundation of a...
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California Against the Sea: Rosanna Xia visits UCSB to discuss her latest book

Los Angeles Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Rosanna Xia, visited UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 8 to discuss how sea level rise is threatening California coastal communities from Crescent City d...
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Catching a wave of innovation: Central Coast company Patagonia reinvents the wetsuit

UC Santa Barbara  students can swap their lab coat for a wetsuit, trading biology lab at the university’s Marine Biotechnology Lab for catching waves at Campus Point in under five minutes. Surfing ...
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Simply Stated: What caused the massive waves on the California coast?

  If you were anywhere on the California coast last month, you were likely one of millions receiving high surf warnings and coastal flooding advisories. On Dec. 28, 2023, Santa Barbara experience...
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