Marine bacteria are natural source of chemical fire retardants

Some natural compounds closely mimic toxic man-made chemicals that disrupt human hormones.

Young researcher discovers source of disco clams’ light show

Four years after falling in love with the cute little mollusk, graduate student Lindsey Dougherty has unlocks its secret.
Hoyo Negro dive site.

Researchers document underwater cave and ancient remains

CISA3 divers discover evidence of a much-earlier 'visitor' to pristine submerged cave site.

Scientists look for pathogen that's killing sea stars

UC Santa Cruz monitoring program is helping to pinpoint what's causing decimation of key coastal species.
elephant seals

Elephant seals shed light on climate changes

High-tech tracking of how and where these ocean creatures live is painting a picture of how ecosystems are influenced.
Eliot Crafton

Avoiding alien marine invaders

UC grad student’s tool maps where non-native species are likely to take hold.

Mantis shrimp stronger than airplanes

Inspired by tiny crustacean, researchers design composite material stronger than standard used in airplane frames.

Could closing the high seas to fishing save migratory fish?

Such action could accomplish not only that but also increase fisheries' profits and yields.

Exxon Valdez oil spill was a turning point for biologist

On the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Terrie Williams reflects on the lessons learned and continues her work training responders for the next oil spill disaster.

Plankton make 'scents' for seabirds and a cooler planet

Top predators of the Southern Ocean are tied both to the health of the ocean ecosystem and to global climate regulation through a mutual relationship with phytoplankton.