Elkhorn slough

UC awards $20M in research grants for decarbonization, pandemic preparedness and materials engineering

The UC National Laboratory Fees Research Program awards five new multi-institution grants, with more than half the funds going toward projects that can help California meet its climate goals.

A view of reservoirs in the Sierra Nevada range

California’s water supplies are in trouble as climate change worsens natural dry spells, especially in the Sierra Nevada

The State Water Project cut its initial allocations for water agencies to 0 percent for 2022. An expert explains why.

Justin Dunnavant scuba diving

Under sea and on land, archaeologist Justin Dunnavant is creating a more just future

The globe-trotting archeologist explores shipwrecks to study the relationship between ecology and the slave trade.

Atmospheric river satellite photo

Atmospheric river storms can drive costly flooding — and climate change is making them stronger

The biggest rivers on Earth are actually in the atmosphere. Climate change is making them longer, wetter and stronger.

Nigel Hughes and Mary Droser pose together near a national park sign

A paleontology power pair

Married professors Nigel Hughes and Mary Droser earn top honors in their field.

Spotted Gar, an ancient and native fish species

Cultural biases impact native fish, too

Much of what is deemed valuable in the U.S. was shaped by the white male perspective. Fish are no exception.

Glasses of water next to each other

A new way to remove salts and toxic metals from water

Desalination can help meet growing water needs globally, but current techniques are limited. A new approach holds promise.

Research vessel Sally Ride in the water

Seafloor survey finds thousands of barrels at DDT dumpsite off Los Angeles coast

The survey identified more than 27,000 targets with high confidence to be classified as a barrel, and an excess of 100,000 total debris objects on the seafloor.

California canal

Could California put solar panels on top of canals?

Scientists at UC Merced and UC Santa Cruz are exploring a potential project to combine renewable energy with water conservation.

A fishing boat at sea

Chinese fishing boats took half a billion dollars of illegal squid from North Korea. Scientists used satellites to catch them out

Satellite technology and machine learning are helping track down illegal and environmentally damaging ‘dark fleets’ of fishing boats.