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a barnacle in a jar
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Sonia Fernandez
Sessile creatures like this barnacle were the key to determining when the oil pipeline was compromised, an event that eventually led to the oil spill

How Marine Science Institute researchers helped solve the 2021 Huntington Beach oil spill

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aerial shot of North Atlantic right whale and calf
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NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center/Lisa Conger and Elizabeth Josephson
North Atlantic right whale mother and calf as seen from a research drone called a hexacopter
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a photo cradle attached to the rail of steps leading to beach
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Sonia Fernandez
The CoastSnap cradle on the steps to East Campus Beach
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Waves crash on a revetment protecting houses along Broad Beach, Malibu.
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Charles Lester
The ocean is advancing on California, and we need to determine how we will respond.
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A large field of sunflowers near Sacramento.
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Tfoxfoto via iStock
Tweaks to farming practices could preserve some of California’s declining water resources.
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A tractor sprays a soybean field in spring.
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Fotokostic vi iStock
Organic farming practices can increase pesticide use in neighboring, non-organic fields.
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Wind turbines behind solar panels at sunset
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iStock \ hrui
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A foothill yellow-legged frog perches on a rock.
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Brome McCreary
Foothill yellow-legged frogs live in the flowing water of rivers and streams, so are especially vulnerable when these shrink to isolated pools.
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California Sea Otters grooming themselves in the Elkhorn Slough at Moss Landing.
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Htrnr via iStock
Although sea otters only recently recolonized their historic habitat in the Elkhorn Sough, they’re already benefiting the ecosystem.
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Amber hills roll away behind a lone oak tree, with facilities in the background.
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Matt Perko
The rolling hills of Sedgwick Reserve offer a testbed for researchers to probe grassland ecology.