Archive Tag: Ecosystem Health

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) is hosting an event called “Night of Ideas” on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 6:00 PM to midnight. Its theme, “Facing Our Time,” explores the struggles we face around ecological and climate change through the lenses of science, nature, and art. 

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California’s coastal wetlands, such as the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve in Carpinteria, are under stress from development, pollution and a rise in sea level.
Kyle Cavanaugh/UCLA

California’s coastal wetlands are projected to disappear entirely by the end of the century due to stress from climate change, pollution, and human development. However, a new UCLA study published in Global Change Biology reveals that changes to coastal infrastructure such as reconfiguring bridges and removing levees could help preserve, and even expand, Read more

Red-crowned parrots, which are thriving in Los Angeles, are endangered in their native habitat in eastern Mexico.

Brad Shaffer, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, supports a bold strategy for preserving endangered species in a Smithsonian Magazine article. In the article, titled “To Save Endangered Species, Should We Bring Them Into Our Cities?” Shaffer makes the case for introducing carefully vetted non-native species into urban environments. In Los Angeles, the Read more

Harmful algal bloom
NOAA

Algal blooms, or a sudden increase in algae populations, threaten marine ecosystem health by producing harmful biotoxins and by depleting bodies of water of oxygen. UCLA researchers led by Aydogan Ozcan, the UCLA Chancellor’s Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and associate director of the California Read more

A red-crowned parrot on the roof of an apartment building in Southern California
Gregory Bull/AP

In an opinion piece published by Citylab on June 6, 2018, Ursula Heise, the Marcia H. Howard professor of literary studies at UCLA and member of the UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability, suggests that cities take a more active role in what animals and plants Read more