Faculty in the News

Researchers studying sockeye salmon.

Salmon and other migratory fish play crucial role in delivering nutrients

Pacific salmon can play a key role in transporting nutrients from marine to freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems.

Two people on the beach learning to use a drone

UC Santa Cruz researchers build AI to prevent drownings

UC Santa Cruz researchers are developing potentially lifesaving artificial intelligence technology that can monitor shoreline change, identify rip currents, and alert lifeguards of potential hazards.

Seymour Discovery buildings on the coast of the Monterey Bay.

Photos | New exhibits welcome guests at Seymour Marine Discovery Center

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center completed a redesigned exhibit space with a focus on interactive experiences that feature stories of local climate resilience.

UCSC leaders on stage a APEC

APEC University and SF startup CEO look at ways to help sustainability policies

The APEC University Leaders Forum drew more than 130 university presidents, professors, researchers, and politicians from APEC’s 21 member economies to San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club.

Yellow-bellied marmots are having to adapt to climate change.

These Animals Are Already Adapting to a Changing Climate

Scientists expect species will have to move upward in elevation or latitude to cope in a warming world. However, in California, many animals have been adapting to their mutating environments in ingenious ways.

Drone view of West Cliff in Santa Cruz.

Op-Ed: There’s one big climate fight that California is losing

CCCR Director Mike Beck makes the case for incentives or government requirements to advance climate adaptation projects.

Flooding along Interstate 5 in California.

How California could save up its rain to ease future droughts — instead of watching epic atmospheric river rainfall drain into the Pacific

California has seen so much rain that farm fields are inundated and normally dry creeks and drainage ditches have become torrents of water racing toward the ocean. Yet, most of the state remains in drought.

All that runoff in the middle of a drought begs the question — why can’t more rainwater be collected and stored for the long, dry spring and summer when it’s needed?

Sculpture by micha cardenas.

Can’t make sense of record-breaking weather? Take a trip to Art Souterrain

Micha cárdenas – The Probability Engine: Permafrost and Ice

Location: Place de la cité international, ground floor

An immersive installation involving augmented reality and life-sized sculptures — forms that have been 3D printed using recycled materials — this project by micha cárdenas lets you see what would happen if Canada’s boreal permafrost melted away. 

Satellite image of an atmospheric river storm moving toward the U.S. West Coast.

UCSD-UCSC Coastal Project Highlights Importance of Building Local Resilience to Climate Change

Climate change is a global problem, but the solutions and mitigations it requires must consider local needs.

The University of California at Santa Cruz’s Center for Coastal Climate Resilience is working on a project to explore local mitigations along with UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the San Diego Supercomputer Center, using cutting-edge technology and natural structures to model climate solutions.

Peter Weiss’ fog catcher at the UCSC farm.

Can the smell of fog help fight climate change? UCSC professor thinks we need art to get serious about climate change

Jennifer Parker doesn’t believe science can solve climate change. At least, not alone. 

To stir people to action, the UC Santa Cruz professor of digital art and new media believes we also need a sensory push. 

“We know about the science,” she says. “But we don’t know what we can do about climate change. The arts really have this opportunity to close that climate-action knowledge gap.” 

A reef ball underwater with a scuba diver.

UM develops artificial reef as coral restoration efforts put on hold

Florida’s governor came to the Florida Keys on Wednesday to announce a new initiative aimed at restoring the state’s battered coral reefs. 

Gov. Ron DeSantis also said the state would invest $5 million in deep-water artificial reefs, designed to help the fishing industry. At the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, scientists are developing an artificial reef system designed to mimic a natural reef, to protect the shoreline against rising seas and powerful storms. 

Mike Beck standing on a beach

Why California’s beaches are shrinking, and what we can do to save them

Mike Beck has an enviable commute: an eight-mile drive along the coastal bluffs that separate the city of Santa Cruz from the ocean. In his 25 years as a professor of coastal sciences at UC Santa Cruz, Beck has gotten to know the route well — and he’s watched it change a lot.

“I see where waves are now reaching right up to the roadway, or where our barriers get overtopped,” Beck says. “Just driving along that road almost every day for years, I’ve seen our beaches getting thinner and thinner.”

Last modified: Jul 01, 2024