Category: Science Spotlights

Bay Area Science: An Interview with a Kelp Biologist

Meet Sara Gonzalez, a kelp biologist from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Research on Birds Shows Us That Smart Is Sexy

© Hanna Knutsson, 2017, some rights reserved.

Birds show us that the smartest males also make the most attractive mates.

Logging, Crumbs, and Lost Fish: The Story of the Marbled Murrelet

Cover photo: © Tom Benson, 2014, some rights reserved.

Did you know that there’s a seabird that builds its nest high up in redwood trees? Learn about the marbled murrelet – from their breeding biology to what we think could be causing their population declines.

Sudden Oak Death’s Grip on California Forests

Oak trees have been in danger in California since the mid-1990’s, and researchers are now predicting a grim future for California’s emblematic tree. The killer, termed “Sudden Oak Death”, has killed an estimated 3 million trees since its introduction to California.

The Bay Area’s Fight for the Western Burrowing Owl

Cover photo: © Nathan Rupert, 2010, some rights reserved.

Learn about the burrowing owl’s current conservation status in the Bay Area and the current initiatives to protect them.

The Brown Recluse: How Dangerous Is It?

Cover Photo: © Andrew Hoffman, 2012, some rights reserved

Recluse spiders are some of the most feared spiders in America. Rumors of infestations, highly dangerous bites, and even deaths have spread throughout the country. Yet despite the rampant arachnophobia, brown recluses are actually not so dangerous when we take a closer look at the spider behind the hype.