Ecology & environment

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.

An ocean of plastic

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

UC awards $23 million to multicampus research collaborations

Grants will go to a diverse array of projects, from developing an implantable device that could correct memory impairment to an effort to help California better manage its water resources.

Natural reserves 'supercourse' takes students out of class to the field

California Ecology and Conservation — open to students at UC's nine general campuses — offers a pivotal experience in their academic and professional careers.
Sagehen natural reserve

Warmer, drier climate alters forests statewide

Botanists have compared tree survey data from the 1920s and ’30s with forest service data today. They find a decline in large trees and an increase in the density of small trees in forests throughout the state.