Why Do Seabirds Eat Plastic? The Answer Stinks

November 10, 2016
If it smells like food, and looks like food, it must be food, right? It turns out that marine plastic debris emits the scent of a sulfurous compound that some seabirds have relied upon for thousands of years to tell them where to find food, according to a study from the University of California, Davis. This olfactory cue essentially tricks the birds into confusing marine plastic with food.

A New Perspective on Pigeons

August 18, 2016
For most of us, pigeons are not significant animals, even though we encounter them daily. The only time I think about pigeons is when they are waiting for crumbs from my meal, or decorating my car after a fresh wash. UC Davis Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior Rebecca Calisi has a different perspective.

Nine Ways UC Davis is Rescuing Oceans

June 06, 2016
World Oceans Day is June 8. It’s a day across the world to celebrate our large expanses of sea and to collaborate for a better future. And this is just what UC Davis scientists are doing. Our researchers are discovering how climate change and human garbage hurt our oceans and their flora and fauna.