Stand up for science: More researchers now see engagement as a crucial part of their job

As the first anniversary of the March for Science approaches, researchers continue to reflect on the relationship between science and society. A recent survey of 2017 marchers indicated that nearly all were also actively participating in other types of science advocacy. In the past year, inspired by the call to stand up for science, scientists have written editorials, contacted members of Congress, attended public protests, initiated runs for political office, and organized new groups to support diversity, inclusion and justice.

Measuring Ocean Acidification in San Francisco Bay

UC Davis researchers are part of the first long-term monitoring of ocean acidity and carbon dioxide in the San Francisco Bay. How is this possible? The researchers are collecting data from the newly deployed Bay Ocean Buoy (BOB) and a mooring for Marine Acidification Research Inquiry (MARI).

Can corals adapt to climate change?

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.  

Species richness accelerates marine ecosystem restoration in the Coral Triangle

Coral Triangle is a marine area located in the western Pacific Ocean with exceptional species diversity in coral reefs, seagrass meadows, and mangrove forests. Caring for these at-risk areas is crucial for preserving the numerous ecological functions and benefits these habitats provide. Dr. Susan Williams, Fulbright Specialist and UC Davis professor, has been working on improving seagrass meadow restoration in Indonesia. She found that by "planting mixtures of diverse seagrass species improves their overall survival and growth.” This is bodes well for future restoration efforts.

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

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.

Postdoc Mike Gil Named TEDGlobal Fellow

Postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, Mike Gil, has been named one of twenty 2017 TEDGlobal Fellows. Gil’s work on ocean ecology and coral reefs has taken him around the world, from Thailand to French Polynesia, to cruising through the North Pacific “garbage patch.” He is also deeply committed to talking to the public about science. He started blogging in 2011 and launched a YouTube channel in 2012.

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Bringing White Abalone Back From The Brink

Dr. Kristin Aquilino and Professor Gary Cherr at UC Davis hope hope to save the species by reintroducing their captive-bred population back into the wild. While once thriving in kelp forests in Southern California and Mexico, the white abalone are now being threatening by overfishing and are close to extinction. By breeding them in captivity, there is hope that there may be a chance for the populations to recover.