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  • June 3, 2024

  • Sea otter using a rock

    Sea otters use tools when feeding to survive a changing world

    May 16, 2024

    Sea otters are one of the few animals that use rocks and other objects to access their food, and a new study has found that individual sea otters that use tools—most of whom are female—can eat larger prey and reduce tooth damage when their preferred prey becomes depleted.

  • Ecological Society of America names Dan Costa a lifetime fellow

    April 30, 2024

    Dan Costa, distinguished professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and director of UC Santa Cruz's Institute of Marine Sciences, has been named a 2024 Fellow of the Ecological Society of America.

  • Sea turtle caught in fishing net

    Industrial fishing poses greater risk to marine life due to untracked activity, UC Santa Cruz researchers find

    March 8, 2024

    A new study led by a scientist at UC Santa Cruz's Institute of Marine Sciences finds that blue whales, tunas, and other top predators in the northeast Pacific Ocean face greater risk of harm from industrial fishing than previously thought.

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    Two UC Santa Cruz scientists named 2024 Sloan Research Fellows

    February 20, 2024

    Assistant Professors Roxanne Beltran and Jacqueline Kimmey have been awarded Sloan Research Fellowships, one of the most prestigious honors bestowed on early-career scientists, each receiving $75,000 to delve into new areas of research in their respective fields of marine ecology and microbiology.

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    UCSC doctoral graduate wins prestigious Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists

    November 16, 2023

    Jessica Kendall-Bar, who received her Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology last year from UC Santa Cruz with co-advisors Terrie Williams and Dan Costa, was named a recipient of the prestigious Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists for her research on elephant seal sleep habits while they are at sea.

  • Coral reefs underwater

    Coral reefs identified as national natural infrastructure

    October 31, 2023

    The U.S. Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) approved a resolution on Oct. 26 that designates coral reefs along U.S. states and territories as national infrastructure. This resolution makes it easier to direct federal funding, particularly infrastructure, hazard mitigation, and disaster recovery monies, to reef conservation and restoration to protect people, property, and livelihoods.

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    Coastal fisheries show surprising resilience to marine heatwaves

    August 30, 2023

    Researchers found that fish biomass often increased or was unaffected in the year following a marine heatwave.

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    Marine scientists explore the future of open data science

    August 15, 2023

    Alexa Fredston, an assistant professor of ocean sciences considers open science to be a vital part of their academic career and a key way to make the field of marine science more transparent and inclusive. They recently published an article in the journal Annual Review of Marine Science about improving open data science practices within marine science.

  • Picture of volunteer Dale Bieser at the Seymour Center.

    Volunteer who helped keep the Seymour Center open is honored

    July 10, 2023

    Dale Bieser, one of the Seymour Marine Discovery Center's long-time volunteers, was recognized with the Be the Difference Award - Individual Honoree by the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County. Over the past 12 years, she has become a vital member of their team.

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    UCSC’s Center for Coastal Climate Resilience awards over $4.6 million to support California coastal projects

    June 28, 2023

    The UCSC Center for Coastal Climate Resilience has awarded over $4.6 million in funding to 23 UC Santa Cruz research groups for pilot projects and implementation projects supporting efforts to fight climate change in coastal communities across California and beyond. Funds for these grant programs came from the California State Budget Act of 2022-23.