elegant terns on the beach

Why have the seabirds gone?

Warming waters and fishing pressure are driving nesting seabirds away from their ancestral breeding ground in the Gulf of California into northern harbors.

Suit up like a mantis shrimp

Tough crustacean inspires new body armor and football helmet designs.
Elkhorn Slough

Fertilizer 'dead zones' are killing fish

Nutrient-rich runoff from land takes a toll on fish nurseries in coastal estuaries and subsequently on commercial fisheries.
red rock shrimp

Cloudy shrimp, thanks to ocean acidification

Increased acidity is linked to more calcium in shrimp shells and, as a result, decreased shrimp transparency.
California two-spot octopus hatchling

Octopus skin 'sees' without eyes

A new study demonstrates that an octopus’s skin possesses the same cellular mechanism for detecting light as its eyes do.
Sarah Moffitt

Sea change

Ocean ecosystems that experience rapid upheaval because of climate change can take thousands of years to recover.

Ocean acidification threatens coastal communities across the U.S.

Shellfish industry — especially mollusks — is at long-term risk in 15 states.
Ben Halpern

Food from the sea

Research summit aims to inspire UC-wide collaborations around fisheries and aquaculture

An ocean of plastic

New report by UC Santa Barbara-based research center calculates the magnitude of waste going into the world's seas.
Hopkins' rose nudibranch

Roses bloom in tide pools

Bright pink, inch-long sea slugs have shown up in the highest numbers and northernmost locations reported since the El Niños of 1998 and 1983.