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Their dependence on silica likely gave sea sponges an advantage in an age of climate change between the Triassic and Jurassic periods. Photo courtesy of the NOAA Ocean Explorer.

The Winner in Climate Change?

April 7, 2015

Global temperatures climb, acid levels in the Earth’s oceans spike and sea levels rise. Next come the dinosaurs. No, we are not talking about today’s climate change phenomena. Think back —way back…

Donal Manahan and his research group have created a more accurate picture of how the metabolism of a sea urchin changes under environmental stress.

Hidden Costs

March 30, 2015

Scientists have found a way to measure the unseen toll that environmental stress places on living creatures — showing that they can rev up their metabolism to work more than twice as hard as normal to cope with…

An academic delegation from France recently visited USC Dornsife to collaborate around environment, climate and sustainability strategies. From left, Berelson, Bousquet, Capone, Delacourt-Gollain, English, Remvikos, McKenna, Michel, Bui, Agenes and Godin-Beekman. Photos by Matt Meindl.

Partners in Sustainability and Environmental Studies

February 3, 2015

USC hosted a special academic delegation from Versailles, France, from Jan. 19-23 as part of an interdisciplinary workshop designed around the topic of global environment, climate and sustainability. Over five days,…

As USC Dornsife’s first sustainability postdoctoral fellow, Jonathan Lawhead is building a bridge between philosophy and earth sciences as he addresses the philosophical implications of climate change and geo-engineering. Photo by Dan Knapp.

Issues and Interventions

January 13, 2015

Growing up in Reno, Nevada, Jonathan Lawhead was attracted to philosophy from an early age.  “Maybe it was living in a place where I was surrounded by so much probability,” he joked, before adding more…

Naomi Levine, Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences at USC Dornsife. Photo by Alex Herrera.

Microbes and Climate

January 6, 2015

A new research laboratory in the USC Dornsife Marine Environmental Biology program is investigating the impact of climate change on microbial communities in the open ocean. Naomi Levine, Gabilan Assistant Professor of…

Images presented at a November USC Sea Grant workshop depict areas known to be vulnerable to impacts of rising sea levels in the Los Angeles region. Photos by Holly Rindge.

Preparing for the Next High Tide

January 5, 2015

Based in USC Dornsife, the USC Sea Grant program is continuing the work it started three years ago to help coastal communities in Southern California incorporate “resilience” into their planning for adaptation to…

The team, led by USC Dornsife’s Josh West, left, and Sarah Feakins, sampled water for later analysis at their labs. Here, Feakins and West haul water from the turbulent rivers of the Andes. Photo courtesy of Sarah Feakins.

Climate Change in the Amazon

December 10, 2014

USC Dornsife scientists headed to Peru’s cloud forests to study the roles of forests and rivers in carbon cycling. Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is a key greenhouse gas and scientists are eager to understand how carbon…

USC Dornsife welcomes Naomi Levine (left), Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences, and Smaranda Marinescu, Gabilan Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Levine's research explores climate change effects while Marinescu focuses on sources for clean, renewable energy. Photos by Erica Christianson.

Superlative Scientists

February 6, 2014

Although Naomi Levine has taken 20 cruises off Bermuda, she spent no time lounging by the pool. These were research trips she took as a doctoral student to collect microscopic organisms such as photoplankton and bacteria. Her…

Whether in the laboratory, on land or under water, students at the USC Wrigley Institute investigate ways to address environmental challenges. Photos by Corey Arnold.

Treasure Island

November 13, 2013

From a helicopter circling above Catalina Island, one might see gorgeous, bathing suit-clad couples sipping mimosas on yachts with names like Been There, Done That. But when the helicopter swoops past Avalon Bay, beyond the…

USC Dornsife's Steven Lamy, professor of international relations and vice dean for academic programs, addresses the first Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland. More than 1,000 participants from 40 nations attended the conference. Photo courtesy of AlaskaDispatch.com.

In from the Cold

October 29, 2013

As climate change melts the polar ice caps, threatening wildlife, disrupting the food chain and affecting indigenous cultures, it has also created economic opportunities by opening up new shipping routes and accelerated the…