Climate Change

How Giant Kelp May Respond to Climate Change

November 13, 2019

In a Changing Ocean, Giant Kelp’s Reproductive Success Depends on Where It’s From

When a marine heat wave hit California’s coast in 2014, it brought ocean temperatures that were high for Northern California but fairly normal for a Southern California summer. Much of the giant kelp in the north died in the heat wave, while southern populations survived.

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The Paleo Climate of California

August 07, 2019

Corals are a recent addition to this body of prophecy. Scientists now know that deep-sea corals off the coast of California live for hundreds of years—and they record a ring for every year of their growth, just like a redwood. What their growth rings tell us about past ocean conditions can also illuminate our planet's future. 

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A Tidepool in Time

June 23, 2019

Witnessing a changed world from the rocky shores of Monterey Bay

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If El Niños Happen Twice as Often in the Future, What Happens to Seabirds?

May 07, 2018

A modeling study from UC Davis researchers in the Department of Wildlife Fish and Conservation Biology addresses the impacts of more frequent El Niño events on seabirds and some fish species. The model was specifically chosen for its sensitivity to environmental changes. Scientists noticed unanticipated changes in the Brandt’s cormorant population with increasing and decreasing the frequency of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon. 

Can corals adapt to climate change?

November 01, 2017

Rachael Bay, a postdoctoral scholar at UC Davis, investigated the likelyhood of coral continuing to adapt to global greenhouse emissions. Unfortunately, the corals can only withstand so much. Bay discusses how some corals are genetically predisposed to tolerate heat, which could help them adapt. Ultimately, there still needs to be a reduction in emissions as the coral can not adapt fast enough to outpace more severe future climate-change scenarios.