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Bat disease fungus found to be widespread in northeast China

Nov 2, 2015 Discovery greatly expands the known distribution of the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats.

Mosquitofish populations with more females have greater ecological impact

Oct 20, 2015 Scientists investigating the ecological consequences of sexual dimorphism and sex ratio variation found dramatic effects

Big ideas

Oct 19, 2015 From saving falcons to peering into the universe, sequencing the human genome, and putting organic food on American tables, UC Santa Cruz has become known as the small university where big things happen.

Bridging science and tradition

Oct 19, 2015 A dedicated group of scientists has launched One People One Reef, a five-year conservation effort on Ulithi Atoll in Micronesia aimed at sustaining the ecological health of the islands—and the islanders

Ecologist Kristy Kroeker wins prestigious Packard Fellowship

Oct 15, 2015 The Packard Fellowship supports Kroeker's research on environmental change in dynamic environments and complex ecosystems.

Grants fund efforts by UC Santa Cruz scientists to fight deadly bat disease

Sep 30, 2015 Scientists will conduct field trials this winter of two strategies for protecting bats from white-nose syndrome.

Molting elephant seals add mercury to coastal seawater

Sep 7, 2015 UC Santa Cruz researchers traced elevated mercury levels in coastal seawater to hair shed by elephant seals.

Dogs, cats, and big-wave surfers: Healthy heart lessons from animals and athletes

Sep 1, 2015 Heart rates of big-wave surfers are among the surprises from 30 years of studying exercise physiology in people and wild animals.

Male elephant seals use 'voice recognition' to identify rivals, study finds

Aug 12, 2015 Researchers from UC Santa Cruz have been studying the behavior of northern elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Reserve since the late 1960s.

Fish declines linked to effects of excess nutrients on coastal estuaries

Jun 8, 2015 Offshore fisheries that depend on the health of fish nurseries in coastal estuaries are adversely affected by excess nutrients in runoff from land

Sleuthing a killer shrub

Jun 2, 2015 Students like Jennifer Thompson—who researched why Scotch Broom is toxic to Douglas fir—take advantage of a unique opportunity at UC Santa Cruz: the ability to do research as an undergraduate.

Spread of pathogens between species is predictable, study finds

Apr 22, 2015 Scientists studied disease dynamics in a grassland on the UC Santa Cruz campus.

Solving ancient riddles: UCSC hosts archaeological genetics conference

Apr 13, 2015 The newly formed UC Santa Cruz Archaeological Research Center will hold its first public research conference on how the analysis of ancient DNA can unlock secrets from the past Tuesday afternoon (April 14) on the UC Santa Cruz campus.

Biologist Beth Shapiro explains the science of 'de-extinction' in new book

Apr 13, 2015 A leading expert on ancient DNA, Shapiro aims to separate science from science fiction in her new book 'How to Clone a Mammoth.'

Bacteria inhibit bat-killing fungus, could combat white-nose syndrome

Apr 8, 2015 UC Santa Cruz researchers are testing bacteria as a potential treatment to control white-nose syndrome, which is devastating bat populations.

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