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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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Hillside daisy blankets hills in yellow, with splashes of pink, orange and blue.
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Joan Dudney
California’s wildflowers have painted parts of the state in a dazzling array of colors.
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aerial view of wildfire marching across a forest landscape
Where fire is a natural part of the ecosystem, it can create space and opportunities for adaptations and new species
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Stressed pines on a hill in southwestern Colorado.
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A climate-stressed forest in southwestern Colorado near Wolf Creek Pass.
A climate-stressed forest in southwestern Colorado near Wolf Creek Pass.
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A snorkeler with camera and note pad investigates a nearly bleached coral.
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Jeff Liang
Professor Deron Burkepile observes coral in the process of bleaching in the reefs around Moorea.
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A fishing boat drags nets through the waters of the Wadden Sea, off the coast of the Netherlands.
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Vincent vita Adobe Stock
A fishing boat drags nets through the waters of the Wadden Sea, off the coast of the Netherlands.
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The cover of A Forest Journey by John Perlin with a forest in the background
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UC Santa Barbara & Patagonia Media
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The Thomas Fire burns the mountains above Ventura and Santa Barbara
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Carsten Schertzer / iSTOCK
The 2017-18 Thomas Fire burned 282,000 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.