Climate Change

Rising seas, droughts, invasive species, and fires are some of the impacts Northern California can expect as the world warms. Climate change is dramatically altering the San Francisco Bay Area’s ecosystems and raising profound questions among conservationists about how to help species best adapt to new conditions.

A Pretty Pink Nudibranch Moves North, and It’s a ‘Canary in the Tidepool’ for Climate Change

May 10, 2015 by Kaitlyn Kraybill-Voth

At low tide on the North Coast right now, the tidepools teem with Hopkins' rose nudibranchs. “This is not normal business as usual," says scientist Terry Gosliner.


San Francisco Bay: The Ocean’s Watershed

April 06, 2015 by Chelsea Leu

When it comes to the water in the San Francisco Bay, the ocean doesn’t get nearly the credit it deserves. A UC Davis researcher and self-described "ocean evangelist" is trying to change that.


Range of Possibilities

March 31, 2015 by Kelly Cash

If ranchers are such great conservation partners, why has ranching often been viewed as bad for the environment?


Nowhere to Go But Up

January 26, 2015 by Ariel Rubissow Okamoto

We’ve built our cities right up the edge of the Bay, and it’s a big Bay so there’s lots of low-lying waterfront. Now sea level rise is forcing hard decisions and creative thinking about that waterfront.

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Why’s It So Hot If There’s No El Niño?

January 23, 2015 by Eric Simons

It's hot. And the next El Niño will likely blow away even 2014’s temperature record, locally, statewide, and globally.

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Not Doomed (Yet): A Q&A With Extinction Experts Anthony Barnosky and Elizabeth Hadly

November 24, 2014 by Eric Simons

Two biologists discuss Earth's alarming extinction rate.

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Coastal Crabs in Survival Mode Under Climate Change

November 18, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

A first of its kind study measures the combined impacts of ocean acidity and high temperatures on an intertidal organism.

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Sharks, “Swimming Noses,” May Lose Their Sense in a More Acidic Ocean

November 07, 2014 by Ethan Bien

While ocean acidification research often focuses on its impact on shelled animals such as corals or oysters, research is now showing the extent of the problem it will cause for fish like sharks, salmon, and rockfish.


In An Unusual Year for Upwelling, Research Cruise Keeps an Eye on Marine Sanctuaries’ Rich Life

September 29, 2014 by Jason Jaacks

For the past decade, the Applied California Current Ecosystem Studies expedition has monitored the ocean waters just west of the Bay Area. Recently, researchers took the boat in search of krill, the base of California's marine life.