A team of scientists has reconstituted the circadian clock of cyanobacteria in a test tube, enabling them to study rhythmic interactions of the clock proteins in real time and understand how these interactions enable the clock to exert control over gene expression.
“After giving talks at two of the annual symposia and attending a grant writing workshop that helped me apply for NIH funding, I realized that I should pay back into the [UCSC STEAM Postdoc Association] by volunteering. That was the best decision of my postdoc.”
Construction of a seasonal pond within an existing wetland area in the Younger Lagoon Natural Reserve will create potential aquatic breeding habitat for the California red-legged frog
Researchers can now hold stellar nurseries in their hands thanks to 3D printing, revealing features often obscured in traditional renderings and animations
Scientists at UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, and Stanford are working together to discover and treat the causes behind age-associated cognitive decline.
After an extensive search, the UC Santa Cruz Seymour Marine Discovery Center has chosen Jonathan Andres Hicken to be its new executive director.
Original story from UCSC Newscenter.
“I believe Jonathan Hicken’s imagination, enthusiasm, communication skills, and fundraising and business experience make him a great choice to lead the Seymour Center into the future. He will bring new energy, creativity, and leadership to this much loved center.” -Gary Griggs
Natalie Batalha, professor of astronomy & astrophysics and director of the Astrobiology Initiative, has received the UCSC Presidential Chair appointment to support her work to unite the sciences, humanities, and arts in a search for evidence of life on earth.
While most fish need water to feed, the unique anatomy of moray eels gives snowflake morays the ability to grab and swallow prey on land. UC Santa Cruz Scientist Rita Mehta has caught the first proof of this feat on tape.
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 […]
Olivia Ross, a recent graduate from UC Santa Cruz, has received the Steck Award for her project, “Searching for Primordial Black Holes.” The Steck Award is given once a year to one UC Santa Cruz undergraduate and their mentor, and recognizes the most outstanding research out of the fifteen Chancellor’s Awardees.
Chancellor’s Award winner Sneha Jariwala came to UC Santa Cruz shortly after her sister passed away from leukemia. Motivated by this tragic loss, Sneha has used her time as a student to participate in cancer activism, fundraising, and research.
Undergraduate ecology and evolutionary biology major Jami Clayton is one of seven recipients of the 2020 Undergraduate Research in Science and Technology Award. We asked her about her time at UC Santa Cruz, her research, and her advise for incoming students.
Undergraduate physics major Elizabeth Yunerman is the 2021 recipient of the Kenneth & Ann Thimann Scholarship. For student achievement week, we asked her about her time at UC Santa Cruz, her research, and her advise for incoming students.
Undergraduate ocean sciences major Miles Miller is one of seven recipients of the 2020 Undergraduate Research in Science & Technology Award. For student achievement week, we asked him about his time at UC Santa Cruz, his research, and his advice for incoming students.
Undergraduate earth science major Brooke Santos is one of six recipients of the 2021 Kathryn D. Sullivan Research Impact Award in Earth & Marine Sciences. For student achievement week, we asked her about her time at UC Santa Cruz, her research, and her advice for incoming students. Please tell us about your experience at UC […]
Daniel Nguyen is one of our 2021 Undergraduate Research in Science and Technology Award Winners. We asked him about his time at UC Santa Cruz, his research, and his advise for incoming students.
Free of toxic and hallucinogenic side effects, the psychedelic analog ibogaine-inspired tabernanthalog (TBG) shows promise as a potential treatment for the detrimental effects of stress on the brain.
A new study led by astronomers at UC Santa Cruz has traced the locations of five brief, powerful radio blasts to the spiral arms of five distant galaxies. Called fast radio bursts (FRBs), these extraordinary events generate as much energy in a thousandth of a second as the sun does in a year.
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.”
A curiously yellow star has caused astrophysicists to reevaluate the possible pathways that can lead to the explosion of a massive star as a supernova.
Most of Northern California’s kelp forest ecosystem is gone, replaced by widespread ‘urchin barrens’ that may persist long into the future, according to a new study by researchers at UC Santa Cruz.
While kelp forests have declined dramatically along the California coast, sea otters in Monterey Bay are maintaining patches of healthy kelp forest, according to a new study.
Original story from UCSC Newscenter.
In 2008, UC Santa Cruz researchers led a conservation effort to remove invasive rats from an island off Alaska’s Aleutian archipelago. A decade later, native island birds and the seashore ecosystem are returning to their natural balance.
“Biodiversity means more than the number of species, and when we focus on species-level extinctions we are missing part of the story,” says UC Santa Cruz professor Eric Palkovacs. “Intraspecific variation is a neglected aspect of biodiversity, but it has value for people, and we need to start recognizing that and protecting this form of biodiversity.”
Meet UC Santa Cruz senior Arcelia Gonzalez Jimenez, who found a way to help with the COVID–19 pandemic by joining the first cohort of students trained to help run the campus’s asymptomatic testing program.
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.
Analysis of ancient DNA sequences recovered from mammoth teeth reveals previously unknown details about how mammoths evolved.
UC Santa Cruz alumna Kirsten Howley is an astrophysicist working as part of a planetary defense team that has been tasked with preventing a real-life ‘Armageddon’
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.
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.
“Scientists Saving the Oceans” program begins with a behind-the-scenes look at how marine mammal researchers are working to protect dolphins and whales from ocean noise
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.
An invisible flow of groundwater seeps into the ocean along coastlines all over the world. Scientists have tended to disregard its contributions to ocean chemistry, but a new study finds groundwater discharge plays a more significant role than had been thought.
Original story from UCSC Newscenter.
Understanding the origins of life on this planet could offer hints about where to search for life elsewhere, says Natalie Batalha, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Santa Cruz. “It has very significant implications for the future of space exploration.”
Original story from Science News.
A continuous record of the past 66 million years shows natural climate variability due to changes in Earth’s orbit around the sun is much smaller than projected future warming due to greenhouse gas emissions
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 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.
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.