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Pioneering UC Riverside geoecologist elected to the National Academy of Sciences
"Marilyn Fogel, a University of California, Riverside endowed geoecology professor, received one of the highest honors in science this week with her election to the National Academy of Sciences, or NAS. Membership in the NAS is rare. According to the Congressional Research Service, there are 6.9 million scientists in the U.S.…
Carbon monoxide detectors could warn of extraterrestrial life
Carbon monoxide detectors in our homes warn of a dangerous buildup of that colorless, odorless gas we normally associate with death. Astronomers, too, have generally assumed that a build-up of carbon monoxide in a planet’s atmosphere would be a sure sign of lifelessness. Now, a UC Riverside-led research team is arguing the…
Superbloom? If you say so
Southern California is having a great wildflower year but is it really a superbloom? "The term ‘superbloom’ is a media construct with no botanical or ecological origin,” said Cameron Barrows, an associate research ecologist at UC Riverside’s Center for Conservation Biology.  Richard Minnich, a professor of earth sciences at UC…
New NASA research consortium to tackle life's origins
Did life on Earth originate in Darwin's warm little pond, on a sunbaked shore, or where hot waters vent into the deep ocean? And could a similar emergence have played out on other bodies in our solar system or planets far beyond? These questions lie at the center of research in NASA's new Prebiotic Chemistry and Early Earth…
A warming world increases air pollution
Climate change is warming the ocean, but it’s warming land faster and that’s really bad news for air quality all over the world, says a new University of California, Riverside study.  The study, published February 4 in Nature Climate Change, shows that the contrast in warming between the continents and sea, called the land-sea…
Oldest evidence for animals found by UCR researchers
"Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have found the oldest clue yet of animal life, dating back at least 100 million years before the famous Cambrian explosion of animal fossils. The study, led by Gordon Love, a professor in UCR’s Department of Earth Sciences, was published today in Nature Ecology &…
Special journal issue looks for new clues about old life
"Hundreds of millions of years before there was a chicken or an egg to debate, the first complex animals were evolving in parallel with Earth’s rising oxygen levels. But what came first — animals or oxygen? That question is the central theme of a special issue of Emerging Topics in Life Sciences published Sept. 28 by Portland…
Measuring Greenhouse Gases on the Go
"RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Two UC Riverside professors are taking to the road to pinpoint sources of air pollution across California. They’ll be traveling in the university’s new Mobile Isotope Laboratory, a Mercedes Benz transport van fitted with a suite of instruments that can measure the flux of greenhouse gases in the…
Global Warming, El Niño Could Cause Wetter Winters, Drier Conditions in Other Months
"RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — So here’s the good news: Despite fears to the contrary, California isn’t facing a year-round drought in our warming new world. However, UC Riverside Earth Sciences Professor Robert Allen’s research indicates that what precipitation the state does get will be pretty much limited to the winter…
Omega Centauri Unlikely to Harbor Life
"Forthcoming in The Astrophysical Journal, the study was led by Stephen Kane, an associate professor of planetary astrophysics in UCR’s Department of Earth Sciences and a pioneer in the search for habitable planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets. Sarah Deveny, a graduate student at San Francisco State who is working…
Scientists Honored by American Geophysical Union
Marilyn Fogel, the Wilbur W. Mayhew Endowed Chair in Geo-Ecology, and Timothy Lyons, Distinguished Professor of Biogeochemistry, will be honored at a ceremony and banquet during the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C., in December. Both professors are faculty in the Department of Earth Sciences in UCR’s College of Natural…
UCR Team Among Scientists Developing Guidebook for Finding Life Beyond Earth
"If you’re looking for a manual on the hunt for alien life, you’re in luck. Some of the leading experts in the field, including a UC Riverside team of researchers, have written a major series of review papers on the past, present, and future of the search for life on other planets. Published in Astrobiology, the papers represent…
Two New Creatures Discovered from Dawn of Animal Life
"Earth’s first complex animals were an eclectic bunch that lived in the shallow oceans between 580-540 million years ago. The iconic Dickinsonia — large flat animals with a quilt-like appearance — were joined by tube-shaped organisms, frond-like creatures that looked more like plants, and several dozen other varieties already…
Search for Life Beyond the Solar System Topic of Faculty Research Lecture
"Timothy Lyons, a distinguished professor of biogeochemistry in the Department of Earth Sciences and director of the Alternative Earths Astrobiology Center, will deliver the 66th annual Faculty Research Lecture at UC Riverside. The Faculty Research Lecturer Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Academic Senate." Read More
Earthquake Risk Elevated with Detection of Spontaneous Tectonic Tremor in Anza Gap
"Scientists at the University of California, Riverside have detected spontaneous tectonic tremor — a signature of slow earthquakes deep below the earth’s surface — in the Anza Gap region of the San Jacinto Fault. Tectonic tremors are believed to increase the likelihood of a moderate to large, damaging earthquake occurring close to…
Great California ShakeOut Drill Set for 10:19 a.m. on 10/19
"Faculty, staff, and students at the University of California, Riverside will join about 10 million people expected to participate in the annual Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill on Oct. 19 at 10:19 a.m." Read More
Slow Earthquakes Occur Continuously in the Alaska-Aleutian Subduction Zone
"Seismologists at the University of California, Riverside studying earthquakes in the seismically and volcanically active Alaska-Aleutian subduction zone have found that “slow earthquakes” are occurring continuously, and could encourage damaging earthquakes." Read More
California Projected to Get Wetter Through This Century
"Under business-as-usual greenhouse gas emissions, climate models predict California will get warmer during the rest of the century and most also predict the state will get drier." Read More
Earthquake Drill Set for 10:20 a.m. on 10/20
"Faculty, staff, and students at the University of California, Riverside will join about 10 million people expected to participate in the annual Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill on Oct. 20 at 10:20 a.m." Read More
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