Climate Change

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.  

The Last Stop: When There's Nowhere Colder to Go - How Climate Change Is Affecting Polar Fish at the Tip of a Warming World

October 18, 2017

Fish have been migrating to cooler water over the last several decades as the ocean warms. But in Antarctica, the coldest place on the planet, polar species have nowhere to go.

Marine life in Antarctica is especially vulnerable to climate change, which is warming oceans throughout the world. Anne Todgham, an animal scientist at the University of California, Davis, is studying how — and whether — polar fish will adapt to the changing conditions.

Genetic Key to Salt-Tolerance Discovered in Tilapia Fish

March 13, 2017

UC Davis Faculty member and professor, Dietmar Kueltz and his team of collaborators have published research regarding ave now identified short DNA segments in tilapia that influence the expression of the genes that regulate the fish’s internal body chemistry in response to salinity stress. This discovery may help in the species conservation efforts, and help to identify what other fish species might share same trait.

Click here to read the article from UC Davis News. 

Melting Sea Ice May Be Speeding Nature’s Clock in the Arctic

February 23, 2017

UC Davis Faculty member Eric Post's article on Arctic Warming addresses the correlation between warming temperatures and when inland plants bloom. The article focuses on how this change in "nature's clock" will affect the ecology of the Arctic region. 

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