Ecology and Environment

Can Scents Create New Species? Smells Like Orchid Bee Evolution

January 13, 2020
To attract a mate, male orchid bees collect scents from the environment to create the perfect aroma. In a study appearing in Nature Communications, UC Davis researchers link the evolution of sexual signaling in orchid bees to a gene that’s been shaped by each species’ perfume preferences

The Art-Science Loop: Creating Worlds with Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity Undergraduate Megan Ma

December 05, 2019
Since enrolling at UC Davis nearly four years ago, undergraduate Megan Ma has lent her artistic talent to the Aggie community. She’s taught scientific illustration, provided artwork for the BIS 2C lab manual and currently works as a graphic designer for the Center for Leadership Learning, all the while taking classes and rotating through research labs.

VIDEO: Summers at the Bodega Marine Laboratory with UC Davis Marine and Coastal Sciences Major Michael Brito

November 05, 2019
Every summer, the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML) offers classes to undergraduate students interested in coastal and marine sciences. After hearing about the summer sessions from his friends, Michael Brito, a fourth-year majoring in marine and coastal sciences, knew he had to check out this life-changing experience.

Bios Magazine: Lean In

October 24, 2019
For more than 50 years, the Bodega Marine Laboratory has been at the forefront of ocean and coastal sciences. We gathered together some objects that represent the past and present of the Bodega Marine Laboratory. Take a peek and see what objects you can find.

California’s Crashing Kelp Forest

October 21, 2019
In a study published today in the journal Scientific Reports, scientists from the University of California, Davis, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife use two decades of kelp ecosystem monitoring data to chronicle the catastrophic shift in 2014 from a robust bull kelp forest to a barren of purple sea urchins.