Invasive Species and Climate Change Impact Coastal Estuaries

May 06, 2022

Native species in California’s estuaries are expected to experience greater declines as invasive species interact with climate change, according to a study from the University of California, Davis.

The study, published in the Ecological Society of America’s journal, Ecology, said these declines are expected not only because of climate-related stressors, but also because of the expanding influence of new invasive predators whose impacts are occurring much farther up the estuary.


Announcing the New Deputy Director of CMSI

May 03, 2022


We are pleased to welcome Dr. Michael ‘Moose’ O'Donnell to the Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute (CMSI) as our new Deputy Director, starting on July 15th, 2022.

Pathogens Can Hitch a Ride on Plastic to Reach the Sea

April 26, 2022

Microplastics are a pathway for pathogens on land to reach the ocean, with likely consequences for human and wildlife health, according to a study from the University of California, Davis.

The study, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, is the first to connect microplastics in the ocean with land-based pathogens. It found that microplastics can make it easier for disease-causing pathogens to concentrate in plastic-contaminated areas of the ocean.


To Save California’s Whales, Put Overlooked Threats Into Policy

April 06, 2022

Whales are threatened by a variety of human activities off the West Coast of the United States, including fishing, ship traffic and pollution. Overlap between these stressors can compound effects on whale populations, but are rarely addressed by current whale-protection policies in California, according to a study from the University of California, Davis.

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Announcing the new Director of Bodega Marine Laboratory

April 01, 2022

The Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr.

Congratulations to the 2022 Aquarium of the Pacific's African American Scholar Program Recipients

March 07, 2022

Congratulations to Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute affiliates Jacqueline Rajerison, a recent UC Davis graduate in the Marine and Coastal Science major, and Sam Walkes, a Ph.D. student in the Graduate Group in Ecology, who were both awarded 2022 Aquarium of the Pacific African American Scholarships.