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.
dying sea star - USGS photo

Virus identified as top suspect in sea star wasting disease

Scientists remain puzzled over what triggered the current devastating outbreak, since virus that appears to cause the disease is not a newcomer.
marine gravity model of the North Atlantic

New map exposes details of seafloor

Mysteries of the deep come alive as satellite data bring thousands of uncharted sea mountains and new clues about deep ocean structures into focus.
Humpback whale tail

Rating the planet's oceans

UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis helped produce the first Ocean Health Index that includes all the Earth’s oceans.