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Friday, April 18, 2014
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Author Archive: Kat Kerlin

Why do zebras have stripes? Flies, say researchers

Why zebras have black and white stripes is a question that has intrigued scientists and spectators for centuries. A research team led by the UC Davis has now examined this riddle systematically. In a paper published Monday in the online journal Nature Communications, scientists found that biting flies, including horseflies and tsetse flies, are the […]

Infection delays surgery for collie with gunshot wound

UC Davis veterinarians have discovered an infection in the jawbone of Lad, the collie from Kentucky that was shot in the face in February. For any potential surgery to be successful, this infection will need to be cleared before oral surgeons can move on to the surgery phase of Lad’s treatment. The treatment of this […]

Researchers: Tahoe clarity looks to be stabilizing

Clarity levels within the iconic blue waters of Lake Tahoe continued a decade-long trend of stabilization in 2013, according to UC Davis scientists who study the lake. Data released Thursday by UCD’s Tahoe Environmental Research Center and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency reported the average annual clarity level for 2013 at 70.1 feet. While the […]

SARS-like virus found in bats

Scientists have discovered a new SARS-like coronavirus in Chinese horseshoe bats, according to a new study published in the journal Nature by a team of international researchers, including a wildlife epidemiologist from UC Davis. The research team isolated and cultured the live virus that binds to the human SARS ACE2 receptor, proving that it can […]

For fish and rice to thrive in Yolo Bypass, ‘just add water’

From a fish-eye view, rice fields in California’s Yolo Bypass provide an all-you-can-eat bug buffet for juvenile salmon seeking nourishment on their journey to the sea. That’s according to a new report detailing the scientific findings of an experiment that planted fish in harvested rice fields earlier this year, resulting in the fattest, fastest-growing salmon […]

Longer human lives tied to vanishing species

As human life expectancy increases, so does the percentage of endangered birds and mammals, according to a UC Davis new study. The study, published in the September issue of Ecology and Society, examined a combination of 15 social and ecological variables — from tourism and per capita gross domestic product to water stress and political […]

Study: Bay-Delta fish ‘masculinized’ by chemicals

It’s a man’s world for fish in a San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary. Silverside fish collected from an urban beach in Suisun Marsh were more masculinized, but with smaller and less healthy gonads, than were neighboring silversides swimming near a cattle ranch in the marsh, according to a new study led by UC Davis. The study, […]

UCD lands new national center on climate change

UC Davis was selected in a national competition this week to lead a two-year, $11.2 million research consortium for the U.S. Department of Transportation, focused on addressing and preparing for climate change. Based at the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, the new National Center for Sustainable Transportation will help the federal agency reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from passenger […]

Wet and wild: A new era of marine sciences at UC Davis

The new Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute at UC Davis will bring an undergraduate program in marine sciences, a spruced-up Bodega Marine Laboratory and enhanced opportunities for collaboration and education among marine scientists spread across UCD. From the laboratories at the university’s main campus near the state’s political center of Sacramento to the shores of […]

$10 million gift to fund UC Davis water work

UC Davis will build on its success as a center for problem-solving research on California’s critical water issues thanks to a $10 million gift to the Center for Watershed Sciences.

The gift from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation will enable the Center for Watershed Sciences — the state’s leading academic institute on water management — to expand its scientific research and public engagement capabilities on the state’s increasingly difficult water problems.

These problems include drinking water safety and reliability, flood protection, agricultural production, hydroelectric power, recreational use and the survival of salmon and other native fish species.

Policies worry Yolo’s farmers more than climate change

California farmers feel more threatened by climate policy than they do by climate change, according to a new UC Davis study. The study, published in the journal Global Environmental Change, found that the greatest climate risk Yolo County farmers believe they face in the future is not drought, water shortages or temperature changes, but government […]

New tool targets oil reserves

A tool to precisely pinpoint where petroleum and gas reserves have accumulated has been created by an international team of scientists, including a UC Davis geologist. The tool is a new index that provides a better understanding of how oil travels from where it was formed to where it has collected. The index, described in […]

Pollution eyed in glaciers’ 1800s retreat

A study of the abrupt retreat of mountain glaciers in the European Alps in the 1860s has uncovered strong evidence that absorption of sunlight in snow by soot, or black carbon, released by a rapidly industrializing Europe was to blame. The study, led by NASA and co-authored by a UC Davis researcher, is published Tuesday […]

UC-led park-air monitor marks 25 years, adds South Korea

From the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to the peaks of Denali and the swamps of the Florida Everglades, the IMPROVE network, overseen by the Crocker Nuclear Laboratory at UC Davis provides air quality data to help enhance the skies over national parks in the United States. This year marks the 25th anniversary of […]

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