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Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences in the news
January 31, 2017
  •  Antarctic pteropod Limacina helicina antarctica Photo Credit: Kevin Johnson

National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have collected the first long-term evidence that links rising levels of carbon and changes in ocean chemistry in Antarctic waters to the inability of tiny animals, such as sea snails, to build the protective shells they need to survive. 

January 25, 2017
  • Ocean currents carry trillions of microscopic spores from one kelp forest to another. Photo Credit: MELISSA WARD

In much the same way that the wind scatters plant seeds over the land, ocean currents carry trillions of microscopic spores from one kelp forest to another, where they create life for ailing populations. The marine scientists’ findings appear in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

January 25, 2017
  • Sex-changing wrasses called sheephead are a critical part of the kelp forest ecosystem.  Photo Credit: SCOTT HAMILTON

New research from UC Santa Barbara demonstrates the importance of predator size to kelp beds’ ability to recover when an overabundance of urchins creates areas of low diversity and productivity, or barrens. Large sheephead eat large urchins, helping to keep the urchin population under control and to rejuvenate kelp forests.

January 9, 2017
  • Left to right: Jacob Israelachvili, Michael Rapp, Greg Maier, Herb Waite and Alison Butler. Photo Credit: SONIA FERNANDEZ

A team of researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) last month developed a type of super adhesive that can be used under water. The need for adhesives that stick under water drove the scientists to focus on natural adhesives that work in an aqueous environment.


Divisional announcements and opportunities
  • Douglas McCauley Photo Credit: COURTESY WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

Boosting ocean health is exactly what UC Santa Barbara aims to do through a new partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF), a community of business, political and societal leaders working to improve the state of the world. 

  • Joe Polchinski

Awarded for his transformative advances in quantum field theory, string theory and quantum gravity, distinguished UC Santa Barbara physicist Joseph Polchinski has won the prestigious 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

  • David Gross

In the 12 years since David Gross won his Nobel Prize, the UC Santa Barbara theoretical physicist has been celebrated myriad times. His latest accolades come from China and Russia.

  • Kathleen Foltz

Three UC Santa Barbara faculty members have been elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for 2016. Biologist Kathleen Foltz, engineer Kaustav Banerjee and computer scientist Divyakant Agrawal have each been named fellows of the prestigious organization.