Environment & Ecology

UCSB Researchers Investigate Mortality Among Amphibians Besieged by Endemic Parasites

The researchers had earlier developed a flexible statistical model, specifically looking at patterns of aggregation in parasite abundance. These patterns informed host mortality.  
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Rivers in Madagascar Offer a Window Into the Inner Workings of Abrupt Channel Shifts

Brooke and his collaborators are among the first attempting to map out where avulsions occur in order to test existing hypotheses regarding the factors and conditions leading to these events.
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Invasive Mosquito Species, Aedes aegypti, Detected in Santa Barbara County

The mosquito was first spotted at a home in Santa Barbara near the intersection of North La Cumbre Road and Foothill Road, and was later identified as Aedes aegypti.
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Over Land and Sea, UCSB Researchers Put a Number on Fast-Growing Microfiber Emissions

The amount of microfibers currently being released into the natural environment has drawn alarm from scientists, environmentalists and policymakers across the world.
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Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! How the “Ecology of Fear” Can Be Instrumental To Achieving Wildlife Conservation Goals

“Research on the ecology of fear tries to understand the role that risk perception plays in driving not just animal behavior, but broader species interactions,” Gaynor said.
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“I really do believe that we owe it to future generations to protect these areas”: UCSB Lecturer Creates Website to Spread Awareness of Public Lands

The compendium provides information about 50 public land destinations within a 300-mile radius of Santa Barbara, specifically using Campbell Hall as the epicenter.
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Building Wheat to Take the Heat

There is much interest in making wheat resilient to drought and better cope with its varietal stressors, such as heat. 
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Bright Ideas: UCSB Researchers Establish a Laboratory Culture of Bioluminescent Ostracods

Establishing a laboratory culture of V. tsujii allowed the team to make observations regarding the ostracod's development.
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Friends of the Island Fox Bolsters Research and Conservation Initiatives With Much-Needed Funds

Friends of the Island Fox works alongside the patchwork of organizations governing the Channel Islands in their “efforts to preserve and protect the island fox."
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Researchers Reconstruct Oceanic Nitrous Oxide Emissions, Revealing Intriguing Patterns

The researchers used 158,000 measurements in their reconstruction and —among other things— uncovered a seasonal pattern in nitrous oxide emissions.
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Research Into This Elegant Wildflower Brings Climate Center Stage

Peach sought to examine the effects that particular conditions correlated to climate have on the floral reproductive traits of the wildflower.
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The Remarkable Recovery of the Channel Island Fox

In the late 1990s, the foxes were on a precipice. Now —two decades later— they stand as symbols of an incredible success story in conservation.
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Goleta Beach Water Quality Deteriorated After 2018 Montecito Mudslide Cleanup Efforts

UC Santa Barbara researchers examined the possible impacts of sediment disposal on the water quality at Goleta Beach.
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Experiments With Drosophila Flies Raise Questions About Function of Opsins

For over a century, opsins have historically been observed operating in rhodopsin, a light receptor.
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Red Tide, Blue Waves: Bioluminescence in Southern California Beaches

With water that is a murky brown by day and a brilliant electric blue by night, many beaches in Southern California have been reporting bioluminescent waves crashing against the coastline. 
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