Santa Cruz, CA

Mercury is in our fog, so what about our food?

Near-toxic levels of mercury were recently discovered in the fur of mountain lions in the mountains of coastal...

It's all about the attitude: personality, fitness, and foraging in northern elephant seals

Studies on marine mammal personalities are scarce, despite research showing that personality can relate...

What environmental factors control lichen form throughout the redwood canopy?

High up in California's coast redwoods, lichens vary in reproductive form throughout the canopy. The species...

Trapping to Uncover the Secrets of the California Moray Eel, a Kelp Forest Predator

Aside from their beauty, California kelp forests provide a host of both ecological and economical benefits...

Is Plastic a Chronic Killer? Calculating the Toxicity of Plastic Ingestion to Sea Turtles.

What are the toxic and ecological effects of marine plastic pollution to sea turtles? This research aims...

A Search for the Origins of White-Nose Syndrome

I will be searching caves across northeastern China for the fungus which causes a devastating disease of...

Sustainable Next Generation Biofuel Production

Our team seeks to engineer a micro organism that willproduce the high-energy chemical butanol when the organism...

Climate change threats to the American pika

This project will collect critical data for assessing how climate change will impact the American pika.

How costly is flying and gathering food?

Albatrosses scour miles of ocean when they forage for food (squid are one of their favorite meals...