Ecology & environment

Two researchers and a heron in a ditch

Artificial intelligence is for the birds

Researchers are upgrading their migratory tracking capacity by creating a model to recognize bird calls.

Tracey Osborne

Professor Tracey Osborne taking on complex, grand challenges in climate and social justice

All of our greatest challenges are connected, says Osborne, and solutions lie in the recognition of that fact.

Adam Lowdermilk

In the line of fire

Alum Adam Lowdermilk was a successful musician, but the tragic 2018 Camp Fire prompted a leap into firefighting.

Copter over the mountain

Extreme wildfires can create their own dangerous weather, including fire tornadoes — here's how

Extreme wildfires can fuel tornadoes, creating erratic and dangerous conditions for firefighters.

Dolphin waiting to be evacuated in a sling

What it takes to evacuate five seals, two dolphins and a sea lion

All of the resident marine mammals at Long Marine Laboratory are safe and well after a successful evacuation effort.

Quail Ridge Reserve director Shane Waddell’s house burned to the ground, leaving little more than the foundation and his children’s outdoor play structure.

Wildfires burn six UC Natural Reserves; seventh threatened

Wildfires are burning at six reserves in the UC Natural Reserve System across northern and central California, and threatening a seventh. 

Wildfire in Santa Cruz mountains

What to know about wildfire smoke and COVID-19

Worried that air pollution from wildfires could increase the severity of COVID-19 symptoms? Learn the risks and how to protect yourself.

View from Berkeley Lab on a clear day versus a polluted one

Q&A: How to protect yourself from wildfire smoke

Berkeley Lab indoor air experts share their tips on dealing with air pollution.

The new science behind algae-based flip-flops

Researchers have succeeded in making commercial-quality biodegradable flip-flops. 

Golden retriever puppy looking winsomely at the camera

When you should neuter your puppy, according to science

A 10-year study examined the risks of early neutering across 35 breeds and found surprising variation.