Climate Change

Samuel Walkes

  • Graduate Student
  • PhD Student
  • Graduate Group in Ecology
  • Evolution and Ecology
Bodega Marine Laboratory
University of California Davis, Bodega Marine Laboratory, 2099 Westshore Rd, Bodega Bay CA 94923

Survivors of Climate Driven Abalone Mass Mortality Exhibit Declines in Health and Reproduction Following Kelp Forest Collapse

Marine ecosystems are vulnerable to climate driven events such as marine heatwaves yet we have a poor understanding of whether they will collapse or recover. Kelp forests are known to be susceptible, and there has been a rise in sea urchin barrens around the world. When temperatures increase so do physiological demands while food resources decline, tightening metabolic constraints. In this case study, we examine red abalone (Haliotis rufescens) looking at sublethal impacts and their prospects for recovery within kelp forests that have shifted to sea urchin barrens.

Spotlight On: Leslie Guerrero

Coral reefs are foundational and iconic ecosystems that have long captivated many with their vibrant colors, interesting ecology, and ecosystem productivity. However, these beautiful reefs are facing their biggest challenge yet: climate change. How can immobile marine organisms, such as corals, survive and thrive in waters that are steadily warming? Leslie Guerrero, a PhD student in the Bay Lab at UC Davis, is working tirelessly to answer these questions.

Climate Justice Seminar Recap: Dr. Hilda Lloréns

On May 3, 2021, the UC Davis Coastal & Marine Sciences Institute hosted Dr. Hilda Lloréns, an Associate Professor at the University of Rhode Island and an author of multiple books. Dr. Lloréns is a cultural anthropologist and de-colonial scholar whose research is centered on how racial and gender inequality manifests itself in access to environmental resources and exposure to environmental degradation.

Climate Justice Seminar Recap: Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali

On April 5, 2021, the UC Davis Coastal & Marine Sciences Institute hosted a conversation with Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali, facilitated by Dr. Liz Whiteman. Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali is a giant in the field of environmental justice, and has spearheaded and served on many different roles throughout his career to uplift communities affected by social and environmental injustices. Dr. Ali’s career includes time as a Brookings Institution Congressional Fellow and 24 years at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).