AAAS announces 2021 fellows, including two CMSI affiliates

January 26, 2022

Congratulations to CMSI Affiliates Dr. Jay Stachowicz, Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Evolution and Ecology, and Dr. Christine Kreuder Johnson, Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine for being elected 2021 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows.

In November, 2021, the AAAS Council elected 564 members as Fellows of AAAS. Election as a Fellow honors members whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications in service to society have distinguished them among their peers and colleagues.


Can Mussel Beds Buffer Species Against Climate Change?

December 16, 2021

Habitat conservation can help buy time for heat-sensitive species in the face of climate change – but it might also leave them in a trap by preventing them from adapting in time, according to a new study from the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory recently published in the journal Ecology.

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Geobiologist David Gold Wins NSF Career Award

December 01, 2021

David Gold, assistant professor in the UC Davis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, has received a CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to investigate biomarkers for identifying the oldest animal fossils on Earth.

The CAREER award also provides funding for Gold to recruit American Indian students from regional community colleges for summer research and professional training at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory. He also plans to teach an annual short course in computational phylogenetics for young geoscientists.

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Welcoming our new Coastal/Marine Toxicologist, Dr. Christina Pasparakis

November 03, 2021

We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Christina Pasparakis to the Bodega Marine Laboratory and Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute community. She will be joining the Department of Environmental Toxicology as the new Coastal/Marine Toxicologist, and be based at Bodega Marine Laboratory. 

UC Davis Ecologist Awarded Packard Fellowship

October 15, 2021

Dr. Rachael Bay, a Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute affiliate and faculty member in the UC Davis Department of Evolution and Ecology, has been named a member of the 2021 Class of Packard Fellows!

The Packard Foundation selects Packard Fellows for Science and Engineering for their research promise, creativity, and mentorship, and provides $875,000 over five years to support research by the Fellows. According to Richard Alley, Chair of the Packard Fellowships Advisory Panel, “Packard Fellows are shaping the future of research and academia, and the future of our world as we understand it.”

‘Zombie’ Urchins Are Destroying Kelp Forests. Can’t We Just Eat Them?

October 07, 2021

“This is actually better than sustainable, because the more you fish it, the better off the kelp forest will be. This is a restorative seafood product.”

-Laura Rogers-Bennett, a research associate at the University of California, Davis and a scientist at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Today, more than 95 percent of California’s coastal kelp are gone, devoured by a population explosion of purple sea urchins in the past seven years. This proliferation has led to dead zones known as “urchin barrens,” where carpets of urchins can be seen for miles. One such barren encompasses 400 miles of coastline from Marin County to the Oregon border.