Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute

Large Stretches of Coral Reefs Can Be Rehabilitated

September 27, 2018
Even after being severely damaged by blast fishing and coral mining, coral reefs can be rehabilitated over large scales. In a new study, researchers installed 11,000 small, hexagonal structures called “spiders” across 5 acres of reef in the center of Indonesia’s Coral Triangle.

Elastic Slingshot Powers Snipefish Feeding

July 19, 2018
A recent study by UC Davis graduate student Sarah Longo shows that snipefish feed with an elastic-boosted head flick at almost unprecedented speed.

UC Davis Mourns Loss of Marine Biologist and Ocean Health Advocate

April 25, 2018
Faculty, staff and students gathered at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory today not for their weekly seminar, but to remember their colleague Susan Williams who died in a car crash Tuesday (April 24) while en route to the Davis campus to teach.

UC Davis Researchers Talk Science and Society

April 13, 2018
In a Q&A style article appearing in The Conversation, UC Davis researchers, including Professor Susan Williams, Department of Evolution and Ecology, talk about science and public engagement.

Investigating the Seagrass Microbiome

March 28, 2018
Seagrass carpets the seafloor creating a unique and vital ecosystem in shallow marine environments. Sea turtles graze on seagrass leaves while smaller organisms seek refuge in the green fields but, on the microscopic level, seagrass is also home to microbial communities. Such microbes compose the seagrass microbiome and potentially play a role in seagrass ecology.