BML in the News
Ocean acidification tips predator-prey balance
San Francisco Chronicle- July 4, 2016
The lowly sea snail, a slow-moving denizen of tide pools up and down the California coast, could be in big trouble as greenhouse gases change the world’s climate and increase the acidity of the oceans.
Tessa Hill Wants to Save the Bivalves
The Scientist- July 1, 2016
The UC Davis oceanographer reconstructs ancient climate and studies the present impacts of global warming in an attempt to stave off environmental damage.
Ocean Acidification Affects Predator-Prey Response
UC Davis News- June 28, 2016
Ocean acidification makes it harder for sea snails to escape from their sea star predators, according to a study from the University of California, Davis. The findings, published in the journal Proceedings of The Royal Society B, suggest that by disturbing predator-prey interactions, ocean acidification could spur cascading consequences for food web systems in shoreline ecosystems.
Modern mussel shells much thinner than 50 years ago
AAAS EurekAlert- June 14, 2016
Shells from the Pacific Northwest are nearly a third thinner now than specimens collected in the 1970s. The decreasing thickness over time, in particular the last few decades, is likely due to ocean acidification as a result of increased carbon in the atmosphere.
White abalone were nearly eaten out of existence in the 1970s. Now, a breeding program aims to revive them
The Orange County Register- May 29, 2016
Fewer than 1,000 of these slow-moving, cream-colored sea snails still live in the open ocean, according to one estimate, and they’re spaced so far apart from one another that they can’t reproduce on their own. Without human help, the mollusc – nearly eaten out of existence when white abalone was a staple at seafood restaurants in the 1970s – will vanish.
Report releases annual public health grades of California Beaches
SF Gate- May 25, 2016
Dr. John Largier was quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle article on the annual report of public health at California beaches. The report analyzes the concentration of fecal coliform bacteria, which is thought to be a good indicator for the concentration of human harming pathogens. The higher the concentration of fecal coliform bacteria, the worse the rating, and this years biggest loser was Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz. The Santa Cruz County health department advises against any type of swimming or surfing in the waters at Cowell due to the risk to public safety.
Our Ocean Backyard: Can an endangered abalone be saved?
Santa Cruz Sentinel- May 21, 2016
There are seven species of abalone living along the west coast of which two, black abalone and white abalone, are listed as endangered. Scientists believe that white abalone is in the most trouble and are making a serious effort to revive its population.
Suffocating the Ocean
Pacific Standard- May 9, 2016
Oxygen-depleted oceans have preceded many mass extinctions in Earth’s past, including the worst one of all 252 million years ago. Are hypoxic dead zones from California to Namibia a harbinger of the next extinction?
Interacting environmental mosaics drive geographic variation in mussel performance and predation vulnerability
Ecology Letters (Paper)- May 6, 2016
Interacting Environmental Mosaics Drive Geographic Variation in Mussel Performance and Predation Vulnerability, a paper published May 6th in Ecology Letters, features new research on the combined effect of niche parameters on species performance.
Shellfish response to ocean acidification depends on other stressors
UCSC NewsCenter- May 6, 2016
A study of California mussels, a key species in the rocky intertidal ecosystems of the West Coast, indicates that the effects of ocean acidification will vary from place to place along the coast depending on a range of interacting factors.
11 at UC Davis to be recognized for excellence in research, teaching, service
UC Davis News- April 28, 2016
Drs Don Strong and Eric Sanford are among 11 award recipients to be honored for excellence in research, teaching and public service on the UC Davis campus on Monday, May 2.
Editorial: The alarming emergence of ‘urchintopia’
Press Democrat- April 21, 2016
Kelp forests are out of sight and out of mind for most Californians, aside from the periodic encounter with seaweed during a walk on the beach. For marine biologists, kelp forests are out of sight as well, a situation that is now constantly on their minds.
Collapse of kelp forest imperils North Coast ocean ecosystem
Press Democrat- April 16, 2016
Large tracts of kelp forest that once blanketed the sea off the North Coast have vanished over the past two years, a startling transformation that scientists say stems from rapid ecological change and has potentially far-reaching impacts, including on several valuable fisheries.
West Coast Scientists Recommend Immediate Action Plan to Combat Ocean Acidification
Egghead: About Research at UC Davis- April 6, 2016
Global carbon dioxide emissions are triggering permanent changes to ocean chemistry along the West Coast. Failure to act on this fundamental change in seawater chemistry, known as ocean acidification, is expected to have devastating ecological consequences for the West Coast in the decades to come, warns a multistate panel of scientists, including two from UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory.
Restoring White Abalone: from the lab to the wild
Ocean Currents Podcast- April 4, 2016
White abalone were once prolific in southern CA waters, but over harvesting, reproductive failure and infections have diminished this species to become the first invertebrate to make the endangered species list.
What is Ocean Acidification And Why Is It Worse At Night?
Forbes Science- March 31, 2016
A new study, based on extensive measurements in tide pools, suggests that ocean acidification will increasingly put many marine organisms at risk by exacerbating overnight changes in ocean chemistry.
Tide pools at the front line of ocean acidification
Egghead: About Research at UC Davis- March 18, 2016
During low tide at night, when the tide pools are cut off from the ocean, shells and skeletons may even start to dissolve, the study reports. The findings suggest increasing ocean acidity will put tide pools at risk by exacerbating these natural pH variations.
Chemicals Induce Abalone to Become ‘Broadcast Spawners’ in Bodega Bay
NBC News San Diego- March 14, 2016
In an effort to try and save the world’s diminishing population of critically endangered white abalone, a Bay Area laboratory hosted a spawning event — which in a single day potentially bred more white abalone than exist in the ocean.
Academic Senate Announces 2016 Awards
UC Davis News – March 14, 2016
Congratulations to Dr. Eric Sanford and Dr. Don Strong, who were both were recently honored by the UC Davis Division of the Academic Senate with awards for Distinguished Teaching and Faculty Research Lecture, respectively.
Keeping endangered abalone alive, 1 fertilized egg at a time
San Francisco Chronicle – March 3, 2016
Fifteen years ago, the white abalone was put on the federal endangered species list — the first marine invertebrate to earn that distinction. For the past five years, the scientists in the Bodega Bay lab — a branch of UC Davis — have been collecting, coddling, pampering and spawning a handful of the surviving white abalone.
Localised adaptation makes some oysters more resilient to climate change than others
European Commission, Science for Environmental Policy – Feb. 23, 2016
Olympia oysters (Ostrea lurida) have been shown to adapt to local environments that are as little as 20 km apart, and these adaptations can be passed on to offspring (work by Jill Bible and Eric Sanford).
Obama Honors Tessa Hill as Extraordinary Early-Career Scientist
UC Davis News – Feb. 18, 2016
Earlier today (Feb. 18), President Obama named UC Davis’ Tessa Hill a recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor given by the government to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
What Lurks Beneath
Bay Nature – Feb. 8, 2016
Troubling ocean conditions have challenged scientists. Is a silent killer entering the San Francisco Bay?
There’s a simple way to be an eco-conscious consumer: just buy less stuff
QZ.com – Jan. 27, 2016
Small nano-zinc formulas in mineral sunscreen may prevent sea urchin embryos from fully developing, according to a paper published last spring by Gary Cherr, a marine toxicologist at the University of California, Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory.
LAURELS: Scientist Named ‘Public Engagement Fellow’
UC Davis News – Jan. 25, 2016
Tessa Hill, associate professor of earth and planetary sciences, is among the first 15 Public Engagement Fellows named by the Leshner Leadership Institute at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Climate warming is a bad acid trip for marine species
Davis Enterprise – Dec. 23, 2015
UC Davis ecology professor Eric Sanford checks the pH sensor in the tidepools of the UCD Bodega Marine Reserve on the California coast. Climate change is acidifying the oceans, hampering the ability of sea creatures such as snails and urchins, coral and lobsters to form and maintain their protective shells or skeletons.
Warm El Niño Water Meets a North Pacific Already Disrupted By The Blob
Bay Nature – Dec. 16, 2015
El Niño events in the past changed California’s marine ecosystem, but 2015 was different – in part because the Pacific Ocean was extraordinarily warm for months before the warm tropical water driven across the Equator and up the coast by this winter’s record-strength El Niño had even arrived.
Crabbers Struggling Through Normally Booming Thanksgiving Week
NBC Bay Area News – Nov. 25, 2015
This year’s crab season is, so far, in shambles after the state indefinitely delayed its start following tests detecting domoic acid in the region’s beloved Dungeness crabs.
Synthetic Clothes may be Polluting San Francisco Bay
ABC News – Nov. 17, 2015
A study from UC Davis found tiny plastic fibers, believed to come from manmade fabrics, turning up in water and fish.
Study finds plastic debris and man-made fibers in fish sold in markets
Los Angeles Times – Oct. 16, 2015
Scientists have long suspected that plastic trash eaten by fish, crabs, bivalves and other marine species may be spreading through the food web.
Our fish comes with a side order of debris
University of CA News – Sept. 24, 2015
Roughly a quarter of the fish sampled from fish markets in California and Indonesia contained man-made debris — plastic or fibrous material — in their guts, according to a study from the University of California, Davis, and Hasanuddin University in Indonesia.
Meager salmon catch one of worst seasons for Sonoma County fishermen
Santa Rosa Press Democrat – Sept. 22, 2015
Commercial salmon fishing got off to a slow start in May due to windy weather and has stayed in a slump that local fishermen are blaming on unusually warm ocean water in one of the worst king salmon seasons in memory.
Bodega Marine Lab: UCD is poised to lead in aquaculture
Davis Enterprise – Sept. 20, 2015
Bodega Bay — Green polypropylene curling-ribbon is attached to white plastic forms to simulate seagrass in the ocean. Young rockfish are then tested to see how they respond to gasses added to the water. At what point and how quickly do they try to hide in this “seagrass”?
UCD’s Bodega Lab is a ‘marine powerhouse’
Davis Enterprise – Sept. 13, 2015
Bodega Bay — Five deer — two babies, two adolescents and a mother — are grazing on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Below, seals sunbathe next to a tide pool that fills, empties and refills with frothy seawater. A few offshore whitecaps add some contrast to the varying shades of blue that can be seen for miles. And this is UC Davis.
The Red Menace – Warmer ocean water means more harmful algae blooms and more danger of ingesting toxins
North Bay Bohemian – Sept. 9, 2015
Every summer, recreational oyster and shellfish harvesters brace themselves for the period from May through October when red tides prohibit recreational shellfish harvesting in coastal waters along the California coast.
Oyster farmers worried as climate change lowers ocean pH
San Francisco Chronicle – Aug. 14, 2015
Long before scientists and shellfish companies were aware of what was happening, a silent killer began devastating California’s oyster industry. “We are talking about something that’s going to happen in my lifetime and my children’s lifetime,” said Tessa Hill, an associate professor of geology at UC Davis. “We are going to see dramatic changes in terms of what animals can be successful on the California coast because of ocean acidification.”
White Abalone, What Turns You On?
On the Line, a NOAA Fisheries Podcast – Aug. 10, 2015
To save endangered white abalone, scientists are working to breed them in captivity. But first they have to figure out how to turn white abalone on.
What Oysters Reveal About Sea Change
New York Times – July 21, 2015
Mark Bittman braves the elements off the coast of California and learns how researchers are helping local and regional seafood producers monitor the effects of ocean acidification.
New Paper Sheds Light on Sea Urchin Die-Off
NBC Bay Area – June 30, 2015
A new paper details the algal blooms that have been causing die-offs among many sea animals, most recently, sea urchins. Joe Rosato Jr. reports.
Bodega Marine Laboratory Undergraduate Student Wins Prized Writing Honor
June 23, 2015
Bodega Marine Laboratory Summer Session 2014 student (Environmental Stress and Embryo Development course) Malina Loeher’s paper “Phototoxicity of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles in the Starlet Anemone Nematostella vectensis,” was one of only 20 essays chosen from 375 entries to win the honor of being included in the publication of the 2014-2015 volume of Prized Writing. Prized Writing is designed to select and publish the best expository writing produced by UC Davis undergraduates during the 2014-2015 academic year.
Death in the tide pools: Rapid die-off of urchins and sea stars a grim warning of climate change
Egghead: About Research at UC Davis – June 3, 2015
In August 2011, scientists at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory walked into their labs to a strange, disturbing sight: Thousands of purple sea urchins and other marine invertebrates were dead in their tanks, which are fed directly by seawater. Outside, the tea-colored ocean washed up carcasses of red abalone, large sea stars, and football-sized, snail-like chitons.
AEON Magazine – May 21, 2015
Evolution works through tiny corridors of space and time, churning genes and transforming species before our very eyes.
Water testing will help scientists understand ocean ‘dead zones’
Bay Area KTVU Channel 2 – May 20, 2015
Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary and Bodega Marine Laboratory onboard the R/V Mussel Point collecting water samples to examine low oxygen zones off the Northern California coast.
White Abalone Placed on NOAA’s Species Spotlight
NOAA Spotlight on Endangered Species – May 14, 2015
NOAA and its partners are supporting a captive breeding program at the University of California, Davis Bodega Marine Lab. After initial setbacks of the breeding program in the early 2000s, the program made great advances in disease research and treatment, resulting in better guidelines for water quality, quarantine protocols, and transfer procedures, more here.
Do Sunscreens’ Tiny Particles Harm Ocean Life in Big Ways?
National Geographic News – May 14, 2015
Tiny particles used in sunscreens and other consumer products may harm marine creatures by disabling the defense mechanisms that protect their embryos, according to a new study.
Nanomaterials in sunscreens and boats leave marine life vulnerable
UC Davis News and Information – May 12, 2015
Nanomaterials commonly used in sunscreens and boat-bottom paints are making sea urchin embryos more vulnerable to toxins, according to a study from the University of California, Davis. The authors said this could pose a risk to coastal, marine and freshwater environments.
San Francisco Bay: The Ocean’s Watershed – A research quest to understand the mysterious role of the ocean in the Bay
Bay Nature Magazine – Apr. 6, 2015
When it comes to the water in the San Francisco Bay, the ocean doesn’t get nearly the credit it deserves. At least, that’s the opinion of oceanographer John Largier, who studies the ocean’s complex dance with the Bay.
Sea change: What took decades to destroy in oceans took millennia to recover
UC Davis News and Information – Mar. 30, 2015
Ocean ecosystems that experience rapid upheaval because of climate change can take thousands of years to recover, according to an examination of fossilized ocean fauna on the seafloor by the University of California, Davis.
Scientists Tackle a Dual Threat: More Acid, Less Oxygen in the Ocean
KQED Science Blog – Feb. 26, 2015
Every summer for the past decade, fishermen and beachgoers along the Oregon coast have noticed dead crabs scattered along the shore, sometimes washed up in bunches. No one knows for sure why it’s happening, but scientists think “dead zones” formed by low oxygen levels in coastal waters could be the culprit.
Bodega Bay lab at forefront of effort to save rare abalone species
Santa Rosa Press Democrat – Feb. 20, 2015
The product of a 4-year-old program that began with 18 wild white abalone plucked from the ocean depths near the Channel Islands 15 years ago, these small shellfish — from pencil-point- to almond-sized — are proof that captive breeding can work.
Efforts To Save Endangered White Abalone Paying Off
Capital Public Radio – Feb. 18, 2015
In 2012, scientists at the UC-Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory successfully bred the white abalone in captivity for the first time. That year, researcher Kristin Aquilino says scientists produced 12 animals. Now they’re producing thousands.
Effort afoot to ramp up study of West Coast ocean’s changing chemistry
Santa Rosa Press Democrat – Feb. 15, 2015
Scientists associated with the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel offered hope in a uniquely collaborative, cross-jurisdictional approach set up to move quickly toward a more complete understanding of shifting ocean conditions that enables direct feedback to government decision-makers who can compel action.
Deteriorating Ocean Oxygen Levels Affecting Marine Life
ABC 7 News – Feb. 3, 2015
It is a consequence of oxygen levels in the water. At the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory, Sarah Moffitt has published a new study that paints a sobering and irreversible short-term future scenario. “Fundamentally, the things we take for granted as stable, they’re are not stable. They are very vulnerable to the climate system.”
Bodega Marine Lab Successfully Breeds Endangered Abalone
NBC Bay Area News – Feb. 3, 2015
From the initial dozen brood stock, the group successfully bred 120 white abalone by 2013 and thousands more a year later.
New ocean study shows alarming pattern in ice age oxygen loss
Santa Rosa Press Democrat – Jan. 30, 2015
New research on sea floor core samples collected from across the planet shows oxygen levels in the world’s oceans plummeted as the last ice age came to an end, a discovery that sheds light on the speed and extent to which modern-day climate change could alter global marine environments with potentially staggering results.
Spawning success for white abalone
UC Davis Egghead Blog: About Research at UC Davis – Jan. 29, 2015
Efforts to bring populations of endangered white abalone back from the brink of extinction through captive breeding appear to be working, according to scientists at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory.
Sea slug masses migrate to Northern California coast
SFGate – Jan. 29, 2015
Scientists have reported densities of up to dozens of inch-long nudibranchs or sea slugs, like this one, per square meter in tide pools from San Luis Obispo to Humboldt counties.
Smothered oceans: Extreme oxygen loss in oceans accompanied past global climate change
UC Davis News and Information – Jan. 28, 2015
Seafloor sediment cores reveal abrupt, extensive loss of oxygen in the ocean when ice sheets melted roughly 10,000-17,000 years ago, according to a study from the University of California, Davis. The findings provide insight into similar changes observed in the ocean today.
The Oceanography Society releases report on the progress women in oceanography over the past decade
The Oceanography Society – Jan. 26, 2015
The Oceanography Society announces publication of “Women in Oceanography: A Decade Later.” This supplement to the December issue of Oceanography magazine reviews the progress that has been made over the last 10 years in addressing barriers to career advancement for women oceanographers and where further attention to this issue might still be needed.
‘Pineapple Express’ Soaks Bay Area
KQED Science – Dec. 11, 2014
Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UCSD) meteorologist Marty Ralph studies extreme atmospheric events, using soil moisture networks and rain gauges operated at Bodega Marine Laboratory to track precipitation. “This is part of the beauty of science, we’re studying how this all works…in real time”.
Sonoma, Mendocino coast sanctuaries expansion on track
Santa Rosa Press Democrat – Nov. 20, 2014
Point Arena National Seashore – The proposed expansion of adjoining national marine sanctuaries that would extend environmental and wildlife protections to the Sonoma and southern Mendocino coasts is on track for agency approval this winter, with suggested revisions that reflect public input, a sanctuary official said Wednesday.
Ocean Acidification & Oysters
Eco Company TV – Nov. 11, 2014
The Bodega Marine Laboratory studies ocean acidification and the effects on marine life. Some of those effects are being felt right now at Hog Island Oyster Company just a short drive down the road from the lab. They are working together to study the oysters and learn what can be done.
Close to Home: A ray of hope for our Sonoma sea stars
Santa Rosa Press Democrat – Nov. 10, 2014
Bodega Marine Laboratory Ph.D. candidate Sarah Gravem leads local effort to understand sea star wasting disease.
Unusual warm ocean conditions off California, West Coast bringing odd species
San Jose Mercury News – Nov. 2, 2014
Rare changes in wind patterns this fall have caused the Pacific Ocean off California and the West Coast to warm to historic levels, drawing in a bizarre menagerie of warm-water species.
California Academy of Sciences Welcomes New Fellows,
Bestows Annual Awards
California Academy of Sciences – Oct 10, 2014
Dr. Tessa Hill nominated to the California Academy of Science Fellows, a governing group of over 400 distinguished scientists who have made notable contributions to one or more of the natural sciences.
Slime-producing molecules help spread disease from cats to sea otters
UC Davis News and Information – Oct. 7, 2014
The spread of diseases from land animals to sea otters and other marine mammals is aided and abetted by gelatinous, sticky polymers produced by seaweed, reports a research team headed by a UC Davis veterinary infectious-disease expert.
Bay Area Oysters Show Symptoms of Climate Change, Researchers Claim
NBC Bay Area News – Sept. 10, 2014
Researchers at the Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory have been studying the effects of a marine condition known as “ocean acidification” and its impact on shellfish such as oysters.
Ocean Acidification’s Far-Reaching Effects on Ecology
KQED Forum – June 18, 2014
On Monday, Congressman Jared Huffman met with scientists, fishermen and business owners in Bodega Bay to discuss a looming threat to marine ecosystems in Northern California and around the world: ocean acidification.
Concern About Ocean Acidity Prompting New Attention
Santa Rosa Press Democrat – June 17, 2014
Ocean acidification is often largely overlooked outside the circles of scientists, yet North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman is seeking to somehow change that and spur action on the issue before it’s too late.
Abalone Massacre Pinned on Microscopic Coastal Killer
San Francisco Chronicle, SFGate – May 9, 2014
Scientists have identified a microscopic sea creature with a Jekyll and Hyde personality as the culprit in the death of tens of thousands of abalone three years ago along the Sonoma and Mendocino coasts, but they don’t know how to stop the elusive critter from killing again.
Scientists Solve the Case of the Red Abalone Die-off Using New Tool: Forensic Genomics
UC Davis News and Information – April 16, 2014
In August 2011, thousands of dead red abalone washed up on the beaches of Sonoma County in Northern California. At the time, the cause was unknown, but scientists, including a biologist from the University of California, Davis, learned that a harmful algal bloom was to blame: the causative agent Yessotoxin.
Tackling Complex Challenges On California’s Coastline
UC Davis One California – April 2, 2014
The California Coastline is Eric Sanford’s classroom. The evolution and ecology professor teaches students at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory, a world-class institution for research and education in coastal and marine sciences located in Bodega Bay, Calif.
Scientists, Shellfish Hatcheries See Ocean Acidification Take Toll On Marine Life
CBS News KPIX-TV – March 17, 2014
Scientists are growing increasingly alarmed over the harmful effects on sea life caused by changes in seawater blamed on the absorption of carbon dioxide into oceans, a process known as ocean acidification.
Searching for Signs of Fukushima Radiation on North Coast
Santa Rosa Press Democrat – February 5, 2014
Scientists working at the Bodega Marine Laboratory check kelp for radioactive isotopes associated with the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan in 2011.
Climate Change Threatening Indigenous Oysters
ABC News KGO-TV – January 21, 2014
Global warming isn’t the only consequence of climate change. Carbon in the atmosphere is falling into the oceans, increasing acid levels, and impacting shellfish. Oysters are in the crosshairs of this future crisis.
Ocean Acidification, a Shrinking Problem
The Economist – January 18, 2014
Acid seas mean smaller, more vulnerable oysters.
Acidification, Predators Pose Double Threat to Oysters
Science Daily – January 15, 2014
The once-booming, now struggling Olympia oyster native to the West Coast could face a double threat from ocean acidification and invasive predators, according to new research from the University of California, Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory.
Threat of ‘Dead Zone’ Developing off Sonoma Coast
Santa Rosa Press Democrat – December 5, 2013
Scientists at the Bodega Marine Laboratory, who were the first to detect the hypoxic (low-oxygen) waters, aren’t calling it a “dead zone” yet, despite the similarity to a lethal condition along the Oregon coast for the past 12 years and forecasts that it will occur worldwide with global warming.
Sea Star Wasting Disease Hits the West Coast
KRCB Radio – November 21, 2013
From as far north as Alaska, and as far south as Orange County, sea stars are disappearing, decomposing in a matter of hours as they suffer from a mysterious illness known as ‘sea star wasting disease.’
Ocean Acid Trip: The Hidden Harm of Climate Change
Bay Nature – October 7, 2013
Perfect harmony remains elusive. But the poles are indeed warming up, and the chemistry of the seas is changing, although the lemonade threshold is a ways off. The process is called ocean acidification (OA for short), a term coined by scientists around 1999.
Urban Fish Masculinized by Hormone-Mimicking Chemicals
UC Davis News and Information – September 25, 2013
It’s a man’s world for fish in a San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary. Silverside fish collected from an urban beach in Suisun Marsh were more masculinized, but with smaller and less healthy gonads, than were neighboring silversides swimming near a cattle ranch in the marsh, according to a new study led by the University of California, Davis.
Scientists struggle to bring white abalone back from the brink of extinction, but time is running out.
UCSC Science Notes – August 2013
A male white abalone soaks in a bucket of hydrogen peroxide. A fringe of long, thin tentacles peeks out from under his reddish-brown shell. The sea snail plants his muscular foot firmly against the bottom of the tub. Hydrogen peroxide usually puts an abalone in the mood to spawn, coaxing him to shoot sperm through holes in his shell.
Institute to usher in new era of marine sciences at UC Davis
August 22, 2013
The new Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute at the University of California, Davis will bring a new undergraduate program in marine sciences, a spruced-up Bodega Marine Laboratory, and enhanced opportunities for collaboration and education among marine scientists spread across the UC Davis system.
Bodega Bay researchers help endangered abalone breed
Santa Rosa Press Democrat – August 8, 2013
The future of an iconic California animal hangs on the fate of a delicate band of survivors in a seawater aquarium in Bodega Bay.
New study adds urgency to abalone recovery
California SeaGrant News – July 30, 2013
A new study, funded in part by California Sea Grant adds yet more urgency to the scientific community’s belief that the only way to save the white abalone is through captive breeding for eventual release in the wild.
UC Davis Bodega Bay lab plays matchmaker for endangered abalone
Sacramento Bee – July 28, 2013
The lighting? It’s just right. The temperature? Perfectly set. The music? Barry White, of course. These are the seemingly perfect conditions to save a species, like the white abalone, from extinction.
Endangered white abalone successfully bred in North Bay lab
ABC News KGO-TV – July 25, 2013
An effort is underway to save an endangered species to the south. It involves bringing the creature to the North Bay.
Endangered white abalone find matchmaker in UC Davis breeding program
UC Davis News and Information – July 24, 2013
In research that incorporates food, sex and danger, scientists at the University of California, Davis, Bodega Marine Laboratory recently achieved the first successful captive spawning of the endangered white abalone in nearly a decade.
Krill stranding fouls North Coast beaches
Santa Rosa Press Democrat – July 13, 2013
Millions of krill, a tiny shrimp-like animal that is a cornerstone of the marine food chain, perished last month along a 250-mile stretch of beaches from Oregon to northern Humboldt County.
Glimpse into the future of acidic oceans shows ecosystems transformed
UC Davis News and Information – July 8, 2013
Ocean acidification may create an impact similar to extinction on marine ecosystems, according to a study released today by the University of California, Davis.
Impacts of ocean acidity feed oyster grower’s research
Point Reyes Light – May 30, 2013
Hog Island Oyster Company has partnered with scientists from the Bodega Marine Laboratory, the California Current Acidification Network, and the Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System.
Starfish sacrifice arms to beat the heat
New Scientist – May 29, 2013
You can tell when a starfish is too hot – it loses an arm. This remarkable behavior is part of a surprising strategy that may allow the animals to survive warmer temperatures than previously thought possible.
How Starfish Sweat
Science Magazine, Science Now - May 29, 2013
A new study suggests how starfish may keep from overheating.
Surf’s up: Turbulence tells sea urchins to settle down
UC Davis News and Information - April 9, 2013
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, Bodega Marine Laboratory have found that tumbling in the waves as they hit a rocky shore tells purple sea urchin larvae it’s time to settle down and look for a spot to grow into an adult. Abstract here.
Purple sea urchins evolve to survive growing acidity
NBC News, Science - April 9, 2013
Rising carbon-dioxide levels are leading to corrosive ocean conditions, but some species, like the purple sea urchin, have the ability to adapt to this changing environment, a new study shows.
Evolution in the face of ocean acidification
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences – April 8, 2013
Collaborative research between scientists at Bodega Marine Laboratory and Stanford University reveals that sea urchins may have the genetic variation to adapt to ocean acidification.
Seeking secrets of the sea
Press Democrat - Feb 17, 2013
Scientists have been studying the sea and shore at Bodega Bay for 50 years, but after the first 10 they decided to build a marine lab there.
Flushing Nemo? Pet fish pose ocean threat
NBC News, Science - Jan 10, 2013
Exotic and colorful aquarium fish, such as those made famous by the Disney film “Finding Nemo,” are escaping to the open ocean in real life and disrupting marine ecosystems, according to a new report on the spread of invasive species.
Flushing Nemo: Home aquarium species a potential threat to California waters
UC Davis News and Information - Jan 10, 2013
Well-intentioned children and aquarium hobbyists seeking to “free” their pet fish down a toilet bowl or into a local waterway may inadvertently be contributing to the threat of invasive species downstream, according to a new report from the University of California, Davis.
Native Oysters and Ocean Change
University of California Science Today – Dec 10, 2012
Graduate student Jill Bible studies how to best restore Olympia oyster populations in an era of increasing environmental change.
University Writing Program Celebrates Prized Writing Winners.
UC Davis College of Letters and Science – Oct 2012
Former BML undergraduate Andrew Maddox wins this year’s Prized Writing, the University Writing Program’s annual anthology of undergraduate writing.
Researchers Assess Responses to Ocean Acidification.
Science – Oct 5, 2012
Highlighted research includes the Ocean Margin Ecosystems Group for Acidification Studies (OMEGAS), a consortium that includes Bodega Marine Laboratory scientists, and work by Kristy Kroeker, a new post doctoral researcher at BML.
Scientists Focus on Ocean Acidification.
KQED Radio California Report Podcast – Sept 25, 2012
This week, scientists from around the world are meeting in Monterey to discuss what they call the “other” climate change problem–the oceans are becoming more acidic.
Detecting Endocrine Disruption in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
California SeaGrant News – June 26, 2012
In 2001, the EPA began restricting the use of organophosphate pesticides in bug sprays and strips to protect the health of humans and other mammals. Their main replacement has been another class of highly toxic pesticides known as pyrethroids.
Ocean Babies on Acid: The Time Machine
Climate Science TV – June 6, 2012
How will ocean acidification impact the early life stages of sea urchins? BML scientists build a laboratory “time machine” to transport sea urchins to ocean conditions of the future.
Stargazing on rocky shores
University of California, Research News – April 30, 2012
At Bodega Marine Lab, a UC Davis scientist studies sea stars and mussels to determine how climate change will affect ecosystems along the California coast.
Gulf Oil Spill: Scientists Develop New Model for Deep-water Oil Spills
National Science Foundation Discoveries – April 20, 2012
Call for a “whole new type” of marine ecology: On the second anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon blowout, a panel of researchers is offering a new model for understanding what happened in the disaster, how to think of such events in the future, and why existing tools were inadequate to fully predict what lay ahead.
Deepwater Horizon exposed serious gaps in deepwater oil spill research
UC Davis News and Information - April 20, 2012
On the second anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a national team of scientists, including two researchers from the University of California, Davis, warns that inadequate knowledge about the effects of deepwater oil well blowouts threatens scientists’ ability to help manage comparable future events.
Sun-oil mix deadly for young herring
Science News - December 30, 2011
A lethal combination of oil and sunlight proved unexpectedly toxic to herring embryos after a 2007 fuel spill in San Francisco Bay, virtually disintegrating the developing fish in the water.
Oil is more toxic than previously thought, study finds
Los Angeles Times – December 27, 2011
A study released this week sheds new light on the toxicity of oil in aquatic environments, and shows that environmental impact studies currently in use may be inadequate. The report is to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Oil from 2007 spill surprisingly toxic to fish, scientists report
Los Angeles Times - December 27, 2011
The fuel oil that discharged into San Francisco Bay from the cargo ship Cosco Busan devastated the herring population that feeds seabirds, whales and the bay’s last commercial fishery, study says.
Study: Cosco Busan oil spill damaged herring
ABC KGO TV - December 26, 2011
A new study released Monday says the Cosco Busan cargo ship accident that dumped thousands of gallons of fuel into San Francisco Bay had a very negative impact on the region’s Pacific herring. Researchers believe the findings could be a warning for the shipping industry.
Sunlight and bunker oil a fatal combination for Pacific herring
UC Davis News and Information – December 26, 2011
The 2007 Cosco Busan disaster, which spilled 54,000 gallons of oil into the San Francisco Bay, had an unexpectedly lethal impact on embryonic fish, devastating a commercially and ecologically important species for nearly two years, reports a new study by the University of California, Davis, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Will ocean acidification harm sea urchins?
KQED-TV, QUEST – September 14, 2011
“Ocean Babies on Acid” focuses on an experiment by Stephen Palumbi and UC Davis marine biologist Eric Sanford to study the effects of ocean acidification on sea urchin larvae off the California and Oregon coasts.
Bodega Bay radar could join tsunami alert grid
Santa Rosa Press Democrat - September 6, 2011
A high-frequency radar station at Bodega Bay is part of a California coastal network that was able to detect the tsunami in March as it approached from Japan, the first such use of radar technology.
Capital Public Radio – August 17, 2011
John Largier, oceanographer and Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis, was part of a team of scientists that were the first to track a tsunami by radar. The tsunami they observed was the one generated by the big earthquake in Japan last March.
California scientist: Early tsunami warning system could be possible
CNN – August 16, 2011
A high-frequency radar in California detected the March 11 tsunami that devastated Japan, raising hopes for the development of a new early warning system, a University of California at Davis oceanographer said.
Sperm coat protein may be key to male infertility
UC Davis News and Information – July 20, 2011
The loss of a protein that coats sperm may explain a significant proportion of infertility in men worldwide, according to a study by an international team of researchers led by UC Davis.
Will evolution rescue tidepool animals from climate change?
KGO-TV/ABC News – July 20, 2011
Scientists have discovered more evidence that the oceans are getting warmer.
Climate Change Threatens California Mussels
KQED Radio – July 18, 2011
Researchers at UC Davis say mussels are vulnerable to rising acid levels, and a decline in their population could affect the entire marine ecosystem because so many species eat the mussels.
California mussels: 1st warming casualty?
The Orange County Register – July 18, 2011
The iconic California mussel could be among the first casualties of oceans made more acidic by global warming, a new study of the coastal shellfish shows.
Climate Change Muscling in on Mussels
KQED News ClimateWatch – July 15, 2011
A new study by researchers at UC Davis shows that rising acid levels in the ocean thin and weaken the shells of this diminutive bivalve. And that could spell trouble for entire marine ecosystems.
Acid oceans could hit California mussels
UC Davis News and Information – July 14, 2011
Ocean acidification, a consequence of climate change, could weaken the shells of California mussels and diminish their body mass, with serious implications for coastal ecosystems.
How do sea stars cope with warming temperatures?
National Geographic – July 1, 2011
Bodega Marine Laboratory researchers study how seastars stay cool when seawater temperatures change.
Can evolution outpace climate change?
UC Davis News and Information – June 8, 2011
Animals and plants may not be able to evolve their way out of the threat posed by climate change, according to a UC Davis study of a tiny seashore animal.
National Geographic – May 17, 2011
Cast of thousands clings to rocky real estate in a narrow strip of shore called the intertidal zone.
First census finds surprisingly few white sharks off California
UC Davis News and Information – March 8, 2011
In the first census of its kind, research led by UC Davis and Stanford University found that there are far fewer white sharks off central California than biologists had thought.
Bodega Bay weather station will measure streams of wet air
Santa Rosa Press Democrat – March 7, 2011
A new weather observation station will be constructed at Bodega Bay to monitor low-lying streams of moisture-laden air that sweep ashore and account for half of the rain that falls in coastal California.
Outrage Greets NSF Decision to End STEM Fellows Program
Science Magazine – March 4, 2011
Researchers are shocked and upset by a decision by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) to cancel a high-proﬁle and successful fellowship program that has brought more than 10,000 graduate students into elementary and secondary schools around the country
Connecting with science: Grad students introduce K-12 youngsters to the ‘aha!’ moments
UC Davis News and Information – March 3, 2011
On a recent day in a busy sixth-grade classroom in Sacramento, the students are learning how to build a battery from a grapefruit. The students don safety glasses, then poke zinc nails through the fruit’s thick rind and wire the nails to a voltage meter.
Warmer ocean waters favor aliens over natives
UC Davis News and Information - October 12, 2010
Warmer oceans promote invasive animals and threaten natives, say UC Davis marine biologists who report striking new evidence from the eastern Pacific fishing harbor of Bodega Bay, Calif.
Invasive species impact NorCal’s marine life
KGO-TV/ABC News – September 27, 2010
A new study on the health of our waterways is bringing some discouraging news. the problem is increasing in bodies of water that are getting warmer because of climate changes.
Oysters could hold key to ocean acidification
KGO-TV/ABC News – July 6, 2010
Warming threatens state’s coast, scientists say
San Francisco Chronicle, SFGate – June 4, 2010
Northern California’s two great marine sanctuaries and nearby coastal regions will be severely threatened by the planet’s changing climate over the next several decades as the sea level rises, the ocean water warms, marine animals migrate and coastal storms and erosion intensify, a panel of scientists warned Thursday.
Study Eyes Climate Impacts on Ocean Ecosystems
KQED ClimateWatch – June 3, 2010
The north-central California coast is likely to experience rising seas, more extreme weather events and coastal erosion, increased ocean acidity, and shifting marine habitats as a result of climate change, according to a new report released today from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Audio: Big Changes in Store for Northern California’s Oceans, Report Warns
BML researchers study the effects of ocean acidification on Tomales Bay oysters
KNTV/NBC News – May 22, 2010
Acidic oceans worsening, experts warn – CO2 impact coming faster than seas can adapt, they say
MSNBC.com – April 22, 2010
Manmade emissions of carbon dioxide are making our oceans more acidic — and thus threatening corals and shellfish — at a rate unseen in at least 800,000 years, a blue-ribbon panel of scientists reported Thursday.
World Is No Longer Our Oyster
National Science Foundation News: On ‘Earth Week‘ – April 19, 2010
Acidifying oceans dramatically stunt growth of already threatened shellfish.
Bodega Marine Lab teams with west county schools
Sonoma West Times & News – December 2, 2009
Program gets students involved in study of ocean pollution.
Science – October 28, 2009
BML researchers are studying how marine organisms may respond to climate change.
Starfish pump up to cool down
BBC News – October 28, 2009
One starfish has a remarkable strategy to avoid overheating in the sun, scientists have discovered.
Researchers Detail Mounting Perils for San Francisco Bay
AAAS Pacific Division Meeting – September 11, 2009
Some 35 years ago, a crew from the PBS science show “Nova” joined a team of scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey as the researchers worked to piece together one of the earliest systemic views of the San Francisco Bay.
Bodega Bay scientists weigh impact of ocean acid levels on shellfish
Santa Rosa Press Democrat – September 6, 2009
The danger from increasing levels of acid in the ocean, which could devastate California’s shellfish industry, is under investigation by BML scientists.
Snails threaten Tomales Bay Olympia oysters
San Francisco Chronicle – August 14, 2009
The rare surviving Olympia oysters of Tomales Bay, once an integral part of the native diet and a staple during the San Francisco Gold Rush, are being wiped out by voracious alien snails.
Invasive Species Threaten Critical Habitats, Oyster Among Victims
Science Daily – August 10, 2009
A study of oyster reefs in a once-pristine California coastal estuary found them devastated by invasive Atlantic Coast crabs and snails, providing new evidence of the consequences when human activities move species beyond their natural borders.
Accelerating loss of seagrasses across the globe threatens coastal ecosystems
PNAS – July 8, 2009
Coastal ecosystems and the services they provide are adversely affected by a wide variety of human activities. In particular, seagrass meadows are negatively affected by impacts accruing from the billion or more people who live within 50 km of them.
Vital marine habitat under threat – Destruction of seagrass on a par with loss of rainforests and coral reefs
Nature – June 29, 2009
The first comprehensive assessment of the state of seagrass meadows around the world has revealed the damage that human activities have wrought on these economically and biologically essential areas.
Cosco Busan Oil Spill, One Year Later
KQED – November 4, 2008
BML Faculty Gary Cherr addresses impact of hydrocarbons on herring embryos.
Tracking Climate Change Through Ocean Currents
KGO TV/ABC News – February 14, 2007
It may not seem like it for those travelers stuck by the winter storms, but the world’s climate is warming and no one knows, yet, how much of a change to expect. But those looking for an answer are taking some of their clues from the past.
A window on the environment from Tahoe to the ocean
UC Davis News & Information – December 15, 2006
If there is a big idea in environmental science, it is interconnectedness. Air, water, land and the living things on or in them are connected in ways obvious and subtle.
Climate change could trigger oceanic gases
UC Davis News & Information – September 1, 2006
The warming climate between glaciations might have destabilized “frozen” biological methane, causing changes in the sea floor.
Greenhouse Methane Released From Ice Age Ocean
UC Davis News & Information – August 28, 2006
Periods of warming temperatures during the last ice age triggered the release of methane from beneath the ocean, according to U.S. and French researchers.
Experts Call for Battle Against Invasive Species
UC Davis News & Information – March 17, 2006
Top experts, including a UC Davis marine scientist, are calling for national action to arrest the natural and economic damage being done in the United States by invasive plants and animals.
Ocean, faculty await new wave of students
UC Davis News & Information – February 12, 2006
Last summer, instead of heading off to work or class, UC Davis student Angelica Zavala began her days at the ocean.
Abalone Studies Should Aid Conservation
UC Davis News & Information – August 26, 2005
UC Davis marine biologist Laura Rogers-Bennett is searching for the best way to preserve California’s vanishing abalone populations.
New boat opens door to mysterious north coast
UC Davis News & Information – May 20, 2005
UC Davis scientists were today slated to launch a unique research vessel: a fast, agile and unsinkable boat built to carry them into previously inaccessible Northern California waters to study one of the world’s richest but least understood marine ecosystems.
Harbor Invaders Could Trigger ‘Meltdown’ of Coastal Ecosystems
UC Davis News & Information – January 18, 2005
A UC Davis ecologist reports today on the cautionary tale of a transplant from America’s East Coast that moved to California and lived peacefully among the natives for a half century — until a new invader radically altered the community dynamics, pushing out the natives.
Bodega nets large crowd of marine life enthusiasts
UC Davis News & Information – August 15, 2003
They might not have gotten particularly wet, but more than 1,500 visitors recently got a look at the world through sea goggles as they immersed themselves in a July 19 open house at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory.
Marine lab swims with sea secrets
Special to SF The Chronicle – July 18, 2003
Marie Nydham of Bodega Bay admits to being in love with sea squirts, blobby glue-like organisms that attach themselves to the bottoms of seafaring vessels and harbor docks.
Bodega’s Bounty: Marine research nets large catch of students interested in scientific careers
UC Davis News & Information – February 9, 2001
Encounters with octopus saliva-and a taste of scientific discovery on the shores of California’s north coast just might change Cristen Dahl’s life forever.
$3.8 million grant to study effects of cordgrass on estuaries
UC Davis News & Information – November 3, 2000
The effects of Atlantic cordgrass on the sensitive marine estuaries of the West Coast will be studied under a $3.8 million grant awarded to UC Davis researchers by the National Science Foundation.
New Bodega Lab director turns a love of the ocean into her life’s work
UC Davis News & Information – September 29, 2000
Susan Williams looked to science to solve vexing problems at an early age.