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Student Spotlight: Ishana Shukla

As an undergraduate, Ishana Shukla has not been shy about participating in research. She has worked in seven different labs, completed six internships, and developed and taught a student-directed seminar, “Undergraduates in Research.” Her project, “Variation in resting strategies across trophic levels and habitats in mammals” recently received one of the Physical and Biological Science […]











EPS grad student wins Best Overall Presentation at the 2021 Graduate Research Symposium

Colleen Murphy, a graduate student in Earth and Planetary Sciences, won the grand prize of $1000 for her video, “Sluggish Slides: Why Some Landslides Never Pick Up the Pace.” Another Science Division student, Lourdes “Lulu” Martinez Estevez, won “Best of the PBSci Division” for her presentation, “Spatial ecology of hawksbill sea turtles in the Gulf of California.”








COVID and the road ahead

Can we safely visit our aging parents or grandparents after they are vaccinated? Can the vaccines protect us against the troubling new COVID variants that are arising around the globe? UC Santa Cruz infectious disease expert A. Marm Kilpatrick explored these pressing issues during a Zoom-based lecture on COVID.




Healthy oceans need healthy soundscapes, say marine scientists

A global team of researchers has found overwhelming evidence that marine fauna and their ecosystems are negatively impacted by noise, which disrupts their behavior, physiology, and reproduction, and can even cause mortality.


Noncoding RNA has surprising effects on immune response and sepsis, study finds

When the body’s immune response to an infection gets out of control, the result can be a life-threatening condition known as sepsis. In a new study, researchers at UC Santa Cruz have identified a long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) molecule that has surprising effects on the immune system and susceptibility to septic shock.



Study of flowers with two types of anthers solves mystery that baffled Darwin

Researchers at UC Santa Cruz have found that some flowers encourage bees to visit, and therefore pollinate, multiple flowers through a clever strategy of doling out pollen gradually from two different sets of anthers.

Original story from the UCSC Newscenter.





Cooperative research effort documents northward migration of kelp forests

In a sweeping display of the power of community-based science to capture data spanning the entire West Coast of North America, a team of scientists and countless volunteers from 14 different organizations joined forces to document the northward migration of kelp forests due to warming waters.


New observations of black hole devouring a star reveal rapid disk formation

New TDE observations led by astronomers at UC Santa Cruz now provide clear evidence that debris from the star forms a rotating disk, called an accretion disk, around the black hole. Theorists have been debating whether an accretion disk can form efficiently during a tidal disruption event, and the new findings should help resolve that question.


Alaska’s salmon are getting smaller, affecting people and ecosystems

The size of salmon returning to rivers in Alaska has declined dramatically over the past 60 years because they are spending fewer years at sea, according to a new study. Salmon are critically important to both people and ecosystems in Alaska. Smaller salmon provide less food for people who depend on them, less value for commercial fishers, and less fertilizer for terrestrial ecosystems.