Native nations and UC scientists join together in climate fight
Indigenous land-management strategies have been largely missing from modern attempts to combat the effects of worsening climate change in California. A new $7 million grant aims to change that.
Study improves understanding of how bacteria benefit plant growth
UC Riverside-led research aims to improve sustainable agricultural practices
Even Sonoran Desert plants aren’t immune to climate change
In North America’s hottest, driest desert, climate change is causing the decline of plants once thought nearly immortal and replacing them with shorter shrubs that can take advantage of sporadic rainfall and warmer temperatures.
UCR ecologists work toward post-fire rebirth of healthy landscapes
The worst fire impacts this year are predicted to hit Northern California’s higher elevation forests and Southern California’s chaparral-clad mountainous National Forest lands. To aid recovery, UC Riverside ecologists are collaborating with the US Forest Service to target these spots with new post-fire ecological restoration strategies.
Childhood diet and exercise creates healthier, less anxious adults
Exercise and a healthy diet in childhood leads to adults with bigger brains and lower levels of anxiety, according to new UC Riverside research in mice.
Some domesticated plants ignore beneficial soil microbes
Domestication yielded bigger crops often at the expense of plant microbiomes
Guppies teach us why evolution happens
Guppies, a perennial pet store favorite, have helped a UC Riverside scientist unlock a key question about evolution: Do animals evolve in response to the risk of being eaten, or to the environment that they create in the absence of predators? Turns out, it’s the latter. David Reznick, a professor...
Ladies’ choice: What drives faster, flashier formation of new animal species
Evolution is actually a Sadie Hawkins dance, as new research shows females not only determine whether male animals develop bright colors, but also how fast new species develop. Research led by David Reznick, a UC Riverside biology professor, used fish often seen in pet stores, like guppies and swordtails, to...
High-speed videos capture how kangaroo rat escapes rattlesnake attack
Bipedalism may have been favored in kangaroo rats to avoid ambush predators like vipers and owls, says UC Riverside biologist