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UC Santa Cruz leads UC effort to study effects of climate change on ecosystems

Dec 10, 2014 A $1.9 million grant from the new UC President's Research Catalyst Awards will fund a UC-wide institute on climate impacts.

Study of deadly bat disease finds surprising seasonal pattern of infections

Dec 2, 2014 White-nose syndrome fungus can infect an entire bat colony during hibernation, but surviving bats clear the infection after they become active.

Sea otter at UC Santa Cruz's Long Marine Lab turns 21 years old

Nov 25, 2014 Stranded as a pup in 1993, Taylor turned 21 this month, far exceeding the average life span for a southern sea otter

Virus identified as top suspect in sea star wasting disease

Nov 17, 2014 A previously unidentified virus has been linked to the sea star wasting syndrome that has devastated west coast starfish populations.

Evolutionary constraints revealed in diversity of fish skulls

Nov 17, 2014 The evolution of biting in eels allowed diversification of skull shapes, while suction feeding limits the skull shapes of most fish.

Annual Norris Lecture on Nov. 20 features panel of six marine scientists

Nov 14, 2014 UC Santa Cruz marine scientists are among the three married couples who will discuss "When Ocean Science is the Family Business"

UC Santa Cruz grad student among veterans honored by National Science Foundation

Nov 6, 2014 Ocean sciences grad student John Koster was one of 11 military veterans recognized in an event at NSF headquarters.

Leading conservationists call for a "unified and diverse conservation ethic"

Nov 5, 2014 UC Santa Cruz faculty are among conservationists leading the effort to resolve a polarizing debate over the reasons to conserve nature.

Study shows benefits of being fat (but not too fat) for deep-diving elephant seals

Nov 5, 2014 As elephant seals add to their fat stores, changes in buoyancy affect their swimming efficiency during deep dives in search of food.

Study of mountain lion energetics shows the power of the pounce

Oct 2, 2014 High-tech collars enabled scientists to track mountain lions in the wild and determine how much energy the big cats use to hunt their prey.

Campus and Wells Fargo officials break ground for Coastal Biology building

Sep 25, 2014 A groundbreaking ceremony for the Coastal Biology building was held at the UC Santa Cruz Coastal Science Campus.

California's sea otter numbers holding steady

Sep 22, 2014 California's sea otter population is slowly swimming toward recovery, according to the latest field survey.

Native vegetation makes a comeback on Santa Cruz Island

Sep 16, 2014 Study led by UC Santa Cruz undergrads shows native shrubs reclaiming the island on their own after removal of introduced grazers.

Study traces ecological collapse over 6,000 years of Egyptian history

Sep 8, 2014 Ancient Egyptian artworks helped scientists reconstruct how animal communities changed as climate became drier and human populations grew

Construction of new Coastal Biology building to begin in November

Aug 14, 2014 Construction will begin in November on a new building near Long Marine Laboratory at the UC Santa Cruz coastal science campus.

Energy demands of raising a pup push sea otter moms to the limit

Jun 11, 2014 Study by UCSC biologists reveals just how much it costs a sea otter mom to raise her pup.

UCSC receives major grant to revamp introductory science courses

May 29, 2014 A $1.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute supports efforts to increase the number of students earning science degrees

Focus on excellence: Student Achievement Week recognizes outstanding work

May 20, 2014 Student Achievement Week from June 2-6 honors high academic achievement and creativity. Highlights include a science and mathematics poster symposium and the 40th annual Print Sale.

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