Topical Tag: Oceans

The Magazine

A planetary perspective from Kathryn Sullivan, head of NOAA

Sullivan is Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the first American woman to walk in space. She’ll be at UCLA on October 18 to deliver the keynote speech of EARTH NOW: EARTH 2050, a massive, three-day environmental symposium at the Luskin Conference Center. I recently spoke with Sullivan to get her...

Methane and microbes—making life happen

But it’s the interaction between the two that truly made life possible—and it may even hold solutions for climate change. As far as greenhouse gases measure up, methane is a heavyweight—25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. But life as we know it wouldn’t exist without methane and the microbes that eat it. Earth’s entire...



Annual Gala

Celebrating the champions of our Planet's Future


We face unprecedented stresses on food, water and energy systems. Fresh ideas, breakthrough technologies and heightened public engagement are urgently needed. The UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability represents a new kind of environmental science—a science that eschews ‘doom and gloom’ and embraces inclusiveness, innovation, and a proactive vision for the world we want...



UCLA College Luskin Endowment Inaugural Symposium


From public policy to installation art, EARTH NOW: EARTH 2050 explores all facets of modern environmental challenges and highlights efforts to make lives and businesses more sustainable. The program includes talks from top experts, workshops, local and national nonprofit organizations, art, a student film contest—and much more. We will highlight UCLA campus-wide sustainability while showcasing the new Luskin Conference Center and honoring the generosity of Meyer and Renee Luskin.


Jennifer Taylor Headshot

Jennifer Taylor

Second Year D.Env. Student

Environmental Science and Engineering

Lia Protopapadakis Headshot

Lia Protopapadakis

Second Year D.Env. Student

Environmental Science and Engineering

Sonali Abraham Headshot

Sonali Abraham

First Year D.Env. Student

Environmental Science and Engineering

Simona Avnaim-Katav

Simona Avnaim-Katav

Postdoctoral Researcher

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Department of Geology


USC Sea Grant Project: Expansion of oxygen deficiency in the Santa Monica Basin?

Principal Investigators: Will Berelson (University of Southern California) and Tina Treude (University of California, Los Angeles) The ocean is warming, as is the planet, and one consequence, direct or indirect, is a redistribution of oxygen and a decline in oxygen across many regions. The Southern California Bight region has been experiencing a decline in water...

Modeling Oceanic Hypoxia and Acidification in the California Current System

The following scientific questions will be addressed: (1) How do the cycles of carbon, oxygen, and nutrients function in the CCS in the presence of large-scale natural variability and anthropogenic CO2 inputs and climate changes? (2) How much do local inputs of nutrients and CO2 contribute to altered oceanic primary productivity and OHA? (3) How...

Coastal Access in California

California lacks good, current information about who visits coastal parks and beaches, where they come from, and any impediments they face in visiting the California coast. One consequence of this lack of information is that coastal access and conservation issues are perceived by some as special concerns separate from issues that matter to all of...


Fact Sheet: LA County Water Supply Management

Fact Sheet | 2016

A new high-pressure optical membrane module for direct observation of seawater RO membrane fouling and cleaning

Xiaofei Huang, Gregory Guillen, Eric M.V. Hoek

Published Work | Journal of Membrane Science

Inshore-offshore and vertical patterns of phytoplankton biomass and community composition in Santa Monica Bay, CA (USA)

Alina Corcoran, Rebecca Shipe

Published Work | Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science Journal

In the News



California’s past and future coastal habitat

As conservationists brace for changes in habitat from a rise in sea level, it bears taking into account lessons from the past. When it comes to California, topography played a major role in coastal life during the last ice age, when sea levels were about 400 feet lower because water was trapped in glacial ice sheets. New...