Environment & Ecology

As Santa Barbara and California Pursue Decarbonization, Electrification Presents New Opportunities

“It’s easy to get stuck in the mindset that Santa Barbara is so small when, actually, we can create a lasting impact on a global scale,” Parenteau said.
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Following Negotiations, Environmentalists and Indigenous Activists Must Raise $20 Million in 90 Days To Protect West Mesa

If 90 days have elapsed and the funds have not been procured, Save the San Marcos Foothills has agreed not to further oppose the development.
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UCSB Researchers Uncover a Hydrocarbon Cycle Beneath the Ocean

Prior to these findings, the extent of the ocean hydrocarbon cycle was largely unknown, according to Love.
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Tracing the Spread of Early Humans Across East Asia

New knowledge supplied by better technology allowed Kennett and his research group to determine the timing of ancestry change and population movements. 
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Blum Center at UCSB Hosts Public Forum To Discuss Post-Pandemic Green New Deal

The forum focused on how the pandemic and recent socio-political shifts have impacted the prospects for “transformative economic and environmental change."
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Planned Development Next To San Marcos Foothills Preserve Faces Legal Challenges

The San Marcos Foothills Preserve is a protected area encompassing 200 acres of oak savanna and grassland between Santa Barbara and Goleta.
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UCSB Professors, With Co-Authors From UC Davis and UC Riverside, Publish Book on the Sierra Nevada

California’s quintessential mountain range, the Sierra Nevada, extends 400 miles from the southernmost tip of the Cascades down to the Transverse Ranges in southern California. 
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A Time For Reflection At Terror Rift

Luyendyk, Sorlien and their collaborators have been working with seismic reflection data to construct seismic profiles and visualize faulting along the Terror Rift. 
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UCSB Researchers Find Significant Gaps in Widely Used Fisheries Datasets

Blasco’s hope is that studies like this will shine a spotlight on the work that those working with the FAO, RAM and the IUCN still have ahead of them.
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At Valentine Camp, a Plan is Hatched to Fix California’s Drought-stressed, Overstuffed Forests

In one 155-acre plot of land in Mammoth Lakes, researchers are trying to better understand how California’s overgrown forests can be rehabilitated through both selective burning and thinning.
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The Future of Forests in the Warming, Drying American West

"Physiology is very important in understanding forest mortality, but we are still missing some key mechanisms in being able to predict it at large spatial scales,” Trugman said.
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The Scientists’ Declassified Guide to Talking About Climate Change

Through these conversations you — better than any scientist — have the opportunity to find and address misinformation, misunderstanding and fear.
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In Search of Effective Conservation Strategies, Researchers Studying Amphibian Disease Look to Natural Resistance

“When management supports these natural mechanisms, it will lead to more successful management outcomes and fewer failures,” Brannelly said.
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Mosquitoes in Santa Barbara Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Carrier mosquitoes have the potential to pass the virus on to humans — but it isn’t a reason for panic.
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A Closer Look At California’s Iconic Oaks in Sedgwick Reserve

At Sedgwick, Davis and his collaborators have been studying oak regeneration on the decadal scale.
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