Ecology & environment

After California wildfires, southern plants shift north

With tree canopies burned away, recovering landscapes become home to transplants like manzanita and monkey flower.

UC Santa Cruz ecologist Barry Servino suspects a warming climate might give southern alligator lizards an edge over their northern cousins.

Edges of extinction

UC Santa Cruz ecologist Barry Sinervo studies dying species like a detective at a murder scene, hoping to help preserve threatened species.


Flowers can endanger bees

Study by UC Riverside entomologist and colleagues shows flowers serve as parasite-dispersing hubs.

Lower lake levels due to drought

UC campuses part of urban water research network

UC Riverside and UC Berkeley among 14 universities receiving a $12 million National Science Foundation grant to address water challenges around the world.

Drought, climate change fuel high-elevation California fires

Wildfires in California’s fabled Sierra Nevada mountain range are increasingly burning high-elevation forests, which historically have seldom burned,
Lake Tahoe

Curb the algae to keep Tahoe blue

Algae, not clarity, is the key factor in the lake's azure waters.

Ultra-low-cost solution to a big water problem

Blum Center contest winner aims to remove excess fluoride from drinking water.
mountain lion

Mountain lions' mortal enemy: man

In Southern California, the biggest single threat to the animals' survival is Homo sapiens.

Concrete jungle: Cities adapt to growing ranks of urban wildlife

In recent years, a host of charismatic wild species have returned to American cities in numbers not seen for generations.
Native prawns play a huge role in the novel schistosomiasis eradication effort. - See more at:

A win-win-win-win

With $1.5 million in National Science Foundation funding, a group of researchers from UC Santa Barbara and partner institutions will study the effects of a novel way of eradicating schistosomiasis.