Ecology & environment

Trees killed by sudden oak death

Citizen science helps predict spread of sudden oak death

Efforts to predict the emergence and spread of sudden oak death, an infectious disease that kills oaks and other trees, have gotten a big boost from the work of grassroots volunteers.

Al Gore: Democracy has been hacked

The former vice president speaks passionately about our political system, the environment and the future of humankind.
Worker prepares world’s first algae surfboard

Surfing into a greener future

UC San Diego biology and chemistry students produce the world’s first algae-based, sustainable surfboard.
dried body of water

UC tackles California water security

Researchers forge strategies to accurately estimate snowpack, soil moisture and surface-water volumes, and improve monitoring of groundwater.
Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe

Clear waters at Lake Tahoe

Water clarity in 2014 at the lake was the best in more than a decade.
hazy skies over Bakersfield

Secondhand smog

Ten percent of San Joaquin Valley's ozone pollution comes from outside California, particularly from Asia.
Delta smelt

New funding for endangered Delta smelt 'refuge'

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation awards nearly $2.5 million per year for four years for UC Davis lab's work for the species.

Love national parks? Thank UC Berkeley

A century ago, Cal alumni had a major influence on both launching and maintaining the National Park system.

Environment in the African savanna linked to human health

Community ecologist spotlights how environmental management affects disease emergence.
Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe research provides new insights on global change

Scripps scientists reveal how nitrogen is recycled in the ecosystem’s food web.