Archive Tag: Ecosystem Health

Daniel Swain (climate scientist with the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability) was quoted in a number of news outlets providing his perspective on California’s recent and ongoing drought issues.

As drought conditions worsen for California residents, scientists emphasized that these conditions may be the new normal. The latest report from the federal drought monitor notes that drought exists in some stage in approximately 95% of California.

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UCLA conservation geneticist Brad Shaffer comments in a new study that turtles are facing a grim future due to rising sea levels. An expansive phylogenetic tree reveals clues about the animals’ past and future, and the paper highlights one of the most complete phylogenetic trees ever created for any major animal group. Phylogenetic trees are branching diagrams that show evolutionary relationships among organisms, including information on how species are interrelated and when they evolved into separate species.  

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Sandpit 2020 Update: We have a winner!

The Sustainable LA Grand Challenge (SLA GC) Sandpit 2020 came to a conclusion on December 7, 2020, when eight UCLA research dream teams pitched their big ideas for solving urban sustainability problems in the Los Angeles region. After careful deliberation, a winner has emerged: Heat Resilient LA.

Congratulations to Heat Resilient LA and all the teams who shared their vision for a more sustainable, equitable, and livable Los Angeles. Although the competition is over, the journey is just beginning: Heat Resilient LA will put their research plan into action, and the other seven teams will work with SLA GC to further develop their ideas and make them a reality. Stay tuned for further updates on this innovative and game-changing work.

Learn more about the winning team and their project in today’s UCLA Newsroom release.