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Toxic algae blooming in warm water from California to Alaska

A vast bloom of toxic algae off the West Coast is denser, more widespread and deeper than scientists feared even weeks ago, according to surveyors aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel.
Ice age camel bones found in Yukon redraw the species' lineage

...unlike other mineralized fossils.Zazula said he sent small pieces of the bone to geneticists at the University of California Santa Cruz who were assisted by a statistician and a geologist.The results have been published in the journal of...
Toxic algae bloom on West Coast the largest in a decade

SEATTLE - Federal biologists have embarked on a research expedition to examine the largest toxic algae bloom along the West Coast in more than a decade, an occurrence that has prompted the closure of some shellfish harvests in Washington, Oregon and California.The bloom involves some of the highest concentrations of the natural toxic domoic acid ever observed in some parts of the coast, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday.
Starfish babies offer glimmer of hope amid mass die-off

LOPEZ PASS, WA - Emerging from a recent dive 40 feet below the surface of the Puget Sound, biologist Ben Miner wasn't surprised by what he found: The troubling disease that wiped out millions of starfish up and down the West Coast had spread to this site along the rocky cliffs of Lopez Island.
Biologists investigate mysterious sun star beach stranding

...death follows within three or four days.She sent pictures of the specimen to another researcher at the University of California, Santa Cruz, which runs a national wasting syndrome monitoring program and database, just to be sure. That researcher...
Paper looks at a future without carnivores

Carnivores play an important role in our worldwide ecosystems and, according to a paper released today from a team of scientists, a world without these species is scarier than a world with them.
Flynn, Glanville wed

...Cathy Connor and Rod Flynn of Douglas. She graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School and attended the University of California - Santa Cruz. She is a graduate student of ecology, evolution and conservation biology at San Francisco State University...
Did whaling cause decline in sea otters?

A cascading decline in seal, sea lion and sea otter populations in the North Pacific may have been triggered by industrial whaling after World War II that forced packs of killer whales to look for new sources of food, a group of scientists suggest. "If our hypothesis is correct, either wholly or in significant part, commercial whaling in the North Pacific Ocean set off one of the largest and most complex ecological chain reactions ever described," the scientists wrote in an article appearing this week on the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Web site.
College Corner: Gaining confidence

When she was a senior at Ketchikan High School, Jodi Jakubek didn't think she had the talent to be a college runner.
Freshman phenom

...Honor Roll for the 2002-03 academic year, earning bronze honors for a 3.17 GPA in exercise science. University of California-Santa Cruz sophomore Erin Flynn (Juneau-Douglas) was a defender-midifielder for the Banana Slugs. The Juneau...


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