• Ecological theory provides insights on pesticide use in agriculture
  • Protecting snowy plovers at Coal Oil Point Reserve while they nest is an ever-changing exercise in creative conservation
  • During a stroll through Sedgwick Reserve, disease ecologist Andy MacDonald discusses ticks and Lyme disease
  • Ecologist Douglas McCauley finds that marine animals are more vulnerable to global warming than those on land
  • Ant scientists are busier than ever, as climate change raises new questions about controlling the pesky insects
  • Translocating frogs to lakes where disease wiped out previous populations may be key to recovery for endangered species
  • Pollution at Leviathan Mine pond
    UC Santa Barbara-led team proves mine-damaged stream restoration possible
  • UCSB Day of Caring volunteers at North Campus Open Space
    First public trail to open at North Campus Open Space, providing safer routes to schools and other destinations
  • Close-up of a Baetis, a benthic invertebrate
    By studying deep and shallow water zones of streams and their resident invertebrates, researcher reveals mysteries of fresh water life
  • Researchers study the vital role of marine predators in supplying nutrients to coral reef ecology
  • Students can take myriad classes that include field trips or fieldwork.
    Students can take myriad classes that include field trips or fieldwork.
    Students augment their learning with fieldwork, an increasingly rare practice among universities
  • Peter Alagona’s Natural Reserve System History & Archive Project is preserving historical materials from UC reserves statewide
  • School of fish
    NCEAS sees global progress with ongoing research collaboration, Science for Nature and People Partnership
  • Wooden fence leads to Sedgwick Reserve
    A gift from Linda Duttenhaver and Morton La Kretz will further research and teaching at Sedgwick Reserve
  • UCSB biologist Roland Knapp and colleagues detail the remarkable recovery of an endangered frog species in Yosemite
  • Ecologist Douglas McCauley and colleagues examine ecologically responsible de-extinction
  • Rocky intertidal
    Researchers contributed chapters to “Ecosystems of California,” an integrated assessment of each major ecosystem in the state
  • Mountain yellow-legged frog
    A team that includes UCSB biologists partners to rescue endangered frogs and put them on road to recovery
  • This fish gets to taste what is tasting it

    Food webs are incredibly complex networks of interactions between organisms and the things they eat.

  • David Tilman, professor at UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, has received the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Ecology and Conservation Biology category in recognition of his long-term...

  • Island fox pair
    Sometimes in order to plan for the future, you have to look to the past
  • shark harvest
    New research examines how wildlife decline can lead to increased crime and political instability
  • Cheadles and Yangs
    Endowment launched by Vernon Cheadle's family will safeguard his scientific legacy by supporting operations at campus center that holds his botanic colllections
  • Rising temperatures and protracted drought portend trouble for ecosystems, industries, people
  • UCSB parasitologist Armand Kuris explains his team's findings after the dissection of a portion of an oarfish carcass.
    UCSB parasitologist Armand Kuris explains his team's findings after the dissection of a portion of an oarfish carcass.
    Thought to be the world's largest bony fish, the oarfish is an elusive sea creature. When an 18-foot specimen was found on October 13 by a snorkeler off Catalina, UCSB parasitologists jumped on the chance to examine its tissues. Their findings...
  • With a one-year Museums for America grant awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services researchers at the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration will digitize more than 70,000 specimens in the center's vascular plant...
  • The relationship between land simplification — the conversion of natural habitat to cropland — and insecticide use is important in determining land use policy. New findings show that the correlation between the two varies from year to year, making...
  • A network of undergraduate ecology and conservation biology classes at eight universities across the country compiled data on invasive plants in U.S. National Wildlife Refuges and performed an analysis to determine which factors promote or inhibit...
  • Two types of small beach critters –– both cousins of the beloved, backyard roly-poly –– are suffering localized extinctions in Southern California at an alarming rate, says a new study by UC Santa Barbara scientists.

  • Analysis of the data indicates that clouds mainly have an effect on short-term seasonal growth, but longer-term changes in these forests appear to be due to temperature. While other studies have used long-term flower production data, this is the...
  • Human-driven environmental disturbances have multiple effects, including changes in biodiversity and species composition.
  • What do stormwater management, whale migration, and inner peace have in common? They're the subjects of a few of the newest interpretive signs around the UC Santa Barbara campus.

  • When UC Santa Barbara doctoral student Seeta Sistla and her adviser, environmental studies professor Josh Schimel, went north not long ago to study how long-term warming in the Arctic affects carbon storage, they had made certain assumptions.

  • Global warming is clearly impacting plants and animals, but we should not try to tease apart the specific contribution of greenhouse gas-driven climate change to declines or extinctions of species at local scales, according to biologists working...

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