Student Articles

Helen Shen at her San Jose Mercury News internship, March 2012. Photo: Michael Malone

The SciCom program focuses on assigning real stories for professional editors. Each student publishes dozens of local, regional, and national news articles, press releases, and radio reports throughout the school year at part-time internships and during the summer at full-time internships. Many course assignments, freelance pitches, or stories from national conferences also lead to publications that our students use to apply for jobs. Here are selected student stories from the last 12 months.


"Frustrated scientists turn to online sites for research money" by Sarah Derouin (San Jose Mercury News, December 17, 2016)

"Freezing Mars's Core—in the Lab" by Yasemin Saplakoglu (Eos, December 16, 2016)

"Can Data Extracted from Twitter Help Map Flood Hazards?" by Teresa L. Carey (Eos, December 16, 2016)

"Humpback whales' 'humanitarian' tendencies might not be as selfless" by Sarah McQuate (San Jose Mercury News, December 16, 2016)

"Birds Flock to Areas of Good Weather Across the United States" by Devika G. Bansal (Eos, December 14, 2016)

"A Date Under the Stars? Maybe Not with Aerosol Injection" by Sarah McQuate (Eos, December 14, 2016)

"How Do Trees Respond to Climate Change? Clues from an Arboretum" by Ula Chrobak (Eos, December 13, 2016)

"Why tiny insects are tearing up Sierra forests" by Ula Chrobak (San Jose Mercury News, December 13, 2016)

"DNA in wastewater could provide clues to help community health, Stanford researchers say" by Ula Chrobak (Stanford News Service, December 12, 2016)

"Salinas Valley students study South Pole" by Aylin Woodward (Salinas Californian, December 9, 2016)

"Fighting Bugs with Bugs" by Devika G. Bansal (Scientific American guest blog, December 8, 2016)

"Marina: Nation's last coastal sand mine might be shut down by Coastal Commission" by Emma Hiolski (San Jose Mercury News, December 7, 2016)

"He Slimed Me!" by Sarah McQuate (Scientific American guest blog, December 7, 2016)

"Ocelot bathrooms are a meeting place for several Central American mammals" by Emma Hiolski (Science, December 6, 2016)

"Healthier blueberries, thanks to a blast of purple plasma" by Ula Chrobak (Science, December 5, 2016)

"Local harbor seal population appears down, but should rebound" by Sukee Bennett (Monterey Herald, December 2, 2016)

"You make more risky choices as the day wears on, chess study suggests" by Devika G. Bansal (Science, December 2, 2016)

"Teacher revs up STEM ed with robots" by Sarah McQuate (Salinas Californian, December 2, 2016)

"Why dolphins are losing sleep off the coast of Hawaii" by Sukee Bennett (Science, December 1, 2016)

"Dust devils have an electric heartbeat" by Sarah McQuate (Science, December 1, 2016)

"Little mine in Big Sur: Perpetuating mercury contamination in California's Central Coast" by Emma Hiolski (AGU GeoSpace blog, November 30, 2016)

"Did you miss that musical beat? Your pupils didn't" by Yasemin Saplakoglu (Science, November 28, 2016)

"Cattle-grazing program supports tarplant recovery at Arana Gulch" by Sarah Derouin (Santa Cruz Sentinel, November 28, 2016)

"Researchers develop new compound to reduce tumor growth" by Yasemin Saplakoglu (Stanford School of Medicine, November 28, 2016)

"Rainy season means standing water and mosquitoes" by Sarah Derouin (Santa Cruz Sentinel, November 27, 2016)

"Stresses rise for Monterey Peninsula's parched trees" by Emma Hiolski (Monterey Herald, November 26, 2016)

"How One Turtle's Tale Helps Promote Ocean Conservation" by Sukee Bennett (Scientific American, November 25, 2016)

"Female chimpanzees wait for their turn at the top of the social pecking order" by Aylin Woodward (Mongabay.com, November 23, 2016)

"Distinctive sperm whale cultures reveal dramatic population shifts in the Galapagos" by Yasemin Saplakoglu (Mongabay.com, November 23, 2016)

"Humpback whales learn habitat loyalty from their mothers, Alaskan study shows" by Teresa L. Carey (Mongabay.com, November 22, 2016)

"Small-scale farming threatens rainforests in Sumatra" by Devika Garg-Bansal (Mongabay.com, November 22, 2016)

"Yosemite's yellow-legged frogs bounce back from near extinction" by Ula Chrobak (Mongabay.com, November 21, 2016)

"Taking a closer look leads to rediscovery of a prevalent deep-sea animal" by Teresa L. Carey (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, November 21, 2016)

"Over-fertilization diminishes the biodiversity of global grasslands" by Emma Hiolski (Mongabay.com, November 21, 2016)

"Mange has surfaced in bobcats roaming Santa Cruz County" by Sarah Derouin (Santa Cruz Sentinel, November 20, 2016)

"Mystery of the Red Tide" by Sukee Bennett (Scientific American guest blog, November 18, 2016)

"Castroville wetland restoration project to help clean agricultural water" by Emma Hiolski (Monterey Herald, November 18, 2016)

"The beloved Hawaiian honeycreeper birds are at risk of extinction from avian malaria" by Sarah Derouin (Mongabay.com, November 18, 2016)

"Large branches fall from the western Amazon rainforest canopy at a surprising rate" by Sarah McQuate (Mongabay.com, November 18, 2016)

"Inaugural health hackathon brings together innovators" by Ula Chrobak (Stanford News Service, November 17, 2016)

"Elusive elephants: Determining where 19th century ivory trade victims roamed" by Sukee Bennett (Mongabay.com, November 17, 2016)

"Automating a 20-year survey of deep sea animals" (story and video) by Teresa L. Carey (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, November 14, 2016)

"High-intensity statins linked to better survival rates of cardiovascular patients" by Yasemin Saplakoglu (Stanford School of Medicine, November 9, 2016)

"Sea Snails on Acid" by Teresa L. Carey (Scientific American guest blog, November 7, 2016)

"Watch out, male deer in search of romance on the roads" by Emma Hiolski (Monterey Herald, November 7, 2016)

"Animal-assisted therapy takes Monterey County by the reins" by Sukee Bennett (Monterey Herald, November 5, 2016)

"Monterey Bay Aquarium digs in for battle of the bags" by Aylin Woodward (San Jose Mercury News, November 4, 2016)

"Hedgehog pathway plays a role in colitis, new research suggests" by Yasemin Saplakoglu (Stanford School of Medicine SCOPE blog, November 2, 2016)

"There's no money to fight fire with fire" by Sarah McQuate (PLOS Ecology Community blog, November 1, 2016)

"UC Santa Cruz scientists advance understanding of Alzheimer's disease" by Devika Garg-Bansal (Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 29, 2016)

"Marijuana on the ballot: Measures L, Y" by Aylin Woodward (Salinas Californian, October 29, 2016)

"Toxic freshwater algae contaminate shellfish in San Francisco Bay" by Devika Garg-Bansal (Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 28, 2016)

"Measure Z pits oil biz, environmentalists" by Sarah McQuate (Salinas Californian, October 27, 2016)

"Researchers explore how physicians can handle discrimination by patients, families" by Yasemin Saplakoglu (Stanford School of Medicine, October 26, 2016)

"Monterey Bay: Marine algal bloom could threaten seabirds" by Sukee Bennett (Monterey Herald, October 24, 2016)

"Stanford researchers develop new method of estimating biodiversity based on tree cover" by Ula Chrobak (Stanford News Service, October 24, 2016)

"A hiking legacy: Salinas man donates $94K to Ventana trails" by Emma Hiolski (Monterey Herald, October 23, 2016)

"Santa Cruz teen brothers start Point Fish Co." by Sarah Derouin (Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 21, 2016)

"Micro-balloons designed by Stanford Bio-X researchers could reveal how the small intestine adapts to dietary load" by Ula Chrobak (Stanford News Service, October 18, 2016)

"Everything adolescents should know about the dangers of tobacco" by Yasemin Saplakoglu (Stanford School of Medicine SCOPE blog, October 18, 2016)

"Trees in the line of Loma fire" by Devika Garg-Bansal (Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 17, 2016)

"UCSC professor Ryan Foley awarded Packard Fellowship" by Sarah Derouin (Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 17, 2016)

"UC Santa Cruz students stand up for Proposition 67" by Devika Garg-Bansal (Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 14, 2016)

"Soberanes Fire increased landslide risk" by Sukee Bennett (Monterey Herald, October 13, 2016)

"Lower annual pesticide limit announced" by Aylin Woodward (Salinas Californian, October 13, 2016)

"Want to recycle? Get in line" by Emma Hiolski (Monterey Herald, October 12, 2016)

"Santa Cruz resident uses cancer diagnosis for good" by Sarah Derouin (Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 12, 2016)

"Young condor takes historic flight at Pinnacles" by Emma Hiolski (Monterey Herald, October 11, 2016)

"Stanford faculty share in $24 million National Science Foundation grant" by Ula Chrobak (Stanford News Service, October 10, 2016)

"Monterey girls computer science club looks to break coding barrier" by Sukee Bennett (Monterey Herald, October 8, 2016)

"Santa Cruz school welcomes Mobile Dairy Classroom to teach nutrition" by Sarah Derouin (Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 1, 2016)

"Persisting Loma fire may affect area air quality" by Aylin Woodward and Sarah McQuate (Salinas Californian, September 29, 2016)

"Protecting the Big Sur redwoods: How is climate change a threat" by Sukee Bennett (Monterey Herald, September 29, 2016)

"More evidence on the importance of physical activity for older adults" by Yasemin Saplakoglu (Stanford School of Medicine SCOPE blog, September 28, 2016)

"Coyotes on the move in Monterey County" by Emma Hiolski (Monterey Herald, September 28, 2016)

"MBARI fellow receives grant to continue research on plastics and the oceans" by Sukee Bennett (Monterey Herald, September 26, 2016)

"Annual Monterey Bay Birding Festival Takes Flight in Watsonville" by Devika Garg-Bansal (Santa Cruz Sentinel, September 22, 2016)

"Endurance training leaves no memory in muscles" by Amy McDermott (Science News, September 22, 2016)

"Want to become a stunt pilot? Ride some roller coasters" by Emma Hiolski (Monterey Herald, September 21, 2016)

"The most detailed look yet at how early humans left Africa" by Emily Benson (New Scientist, September 21, 2016)

"Weight Loss On Your Wrist? Fitness Trackers May Not Help" by Erin Ross (NPR, September 20, 2016)

"Drug to combat brain-eating amoeba exists—but how to get it to patients?" by Lindzi Wessel (STAT News, September 16, 2016)

"Rattlesnakes have reduced their repertoire of venoms" by Laurel Hamers (Science News, September 15, 2016)

"Building blocks of memories seen in brains for the first time" by Emily Benson (New Scientist, September 15, 2016)

"Don't Kiss That Kitty: Cat-Scratch Fever Is Making People Sicker" by Erin Ross (NPR, September 15, 2016)

"Moon rocks may have misled asteroid bombardment dating" by Laurel Hamers (Science News, September 12, 2016)

"White gulls dependent on ice are disappearing from the Arctic" by Emiily Benson (New Scientist, September 9, 2016)

"'Feed a cold, starve a fever'? Here's what science says" by Lindzi Wessel (STAT News, September 8, 2016)

"OSIRIS-REx spacecraft blazes trail for asteroid miners" by Ramin Skibba (Nature, September 2, 2016)

"Here's what colourful clouds on alien gas giants would look like" by Emily Benson (New Scientist, September 2, 2016)

"The Flower Sense of Hawkmoths" by Alison F. Takemura (The Scientist, September 1, 2016)

"Bacterial weaponry that causes stillbirth revealed" by Amy McDermott (Science News, September 1, 2016)

"Tiny pterosaur claims new perch on reptile family tree" by Ramin Skibba (Nature, August 31, 2016)

"Immunotherapy for Alzheimer's Disease Shows Promise" by Alison F. Takemura (The Scientist, August 31, 2016)

"Brain's blood appetite grew faster than its size" by Laurel Hamers (Science News, August 30, 2016)

"Exploring the newest gift to America: Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument" by Bethany Augliere (EARTH Magazine, August 29, 2016)

"Caloric Restriction Turns White Fat Brown" by Alison F. Takemura (The Scientist, August 25, 2016)

"Study provides new insights into Mercury's hollows" (video) by Brendan Bane (American Geophysical Union, August 24, 2016)

"Zika anxiety leading some pregnant women to flee Miami" by Lindzi Wessel (STAT News, August 23, 2016)

"A driving game can help young people with autism learn the real thing" by Lindzi Wessel (STAT News, August 17, 2016)

"At This Experimental Culinary Event, The Cutlery Is High Art" by Natalie Jacewicz (NPR, August 16, 2016)

"World's oldest ocean crust dates back to ancient supercontinent" by Emily Benson (New Scientist, August 15, 2016)

"Sneaky virus helps plants multiply, creating more hosts" by Laurel Hamers (Science News, August 11, 2016)

"Selfish dogs would rather play with a toy than help a human" by Emily Benson (New Scientist, August 10, 2016)

"Methane-filled canyons line Titan's surface, study finds" by Brendan Bane (American Geophysical Union, August 10, 2016)

"Ancient reptiles saw red before turning red" by Amy McDermott (Science News, August 8, 2016)

"Mystery of why some sunflowers track the sun across skies solved" by Emily Benson (New Scientist, August 4, 2016)

"Does A Psychopath Who Kills Get To Use The Insanity Defense?" by Natalie Jacewicz (NPR, August 3, 2016)

"Woolly mammoths' last request: Got water?" by Laurel Hamers (Science News, August 1, 2016)

"Women in physics face big hurdles—still" by Ramin Skibba (Nature, August 1, 2016)

"As Opioid Epidemic Surges, Medical Schools Try To Keep Pace" by Natalie Jacewicz (NPR, July 27, 2016)

"Scientists scour the globe for a drug to kill deadly brain-eating amoeba" by Lindzi Wessel (STAT News, July 22, 2016)

"Evolution of gut bacteria tracks splits in primate species" by Amy McDermott (Science News, July 21, 2016)

"Bees spew water at their hivemates when the temperature rises" by Emily Benson (New Scientist, July 20, 2016)

"The Smoggy Seas: Cargo Ships Bring Pollution, Health Risks" by Natalie Jacewicz (NPR, July 19, 2016)

"How to expose a fake nuke without revealing what's inside" by Emily Benson (New Scientist, July 18, 2016)

"Atom wranglers create rewritable memory" by Ramin Skibba (Nature, July 18, 2016)

"Kiss of death marks young ant rivals for worker kill squad" by Emily Benson (New Scientist, July 15, 2016)

"Two groups spread early agriculture" by Amy McDermott (Science News, July 14, 2016)

"Synthetic marijuana drives a growing number of overdoses nationwide" by Lindzi Wessel (STAT News, July 14, 2016)

"Why the turtle got its shell" by Laurel Hamers (Science News, July 14, 2016)

"Poor musical taste? Blame your upbringing" by Ramin Skibba (Nature, July 13, 2016)

"US could be set to tackle opioid painkiller epidemic at last" by Emily Benson (New Scientist, July 12, 2016)

"Earliest evidence of monkeys' use of stone tools found" by Amy McDermott (Science News, July 11, 2016)

"When mouth microbes pal up, infection ensues" by Laurel Hamers (Science News, July 11, 2016)

"What Did Nearsighted Humans Do Before Glasses?" by Natalie Jacewicz (NPR, July 7, 2016)

"Bad news for creaky knees: We can't regrow cartilage as adults, study finds" by Lindzi Wessel (STAT News, July 6, 2016)

"Cool Images: An Independence Day–Inspired Collection" by Erin E.A. Ross (National Institute of General Medical Sciences, July 5, 2016)

"Mars' Atmosphere Blew Away Millions of Years Ago" by Ramin Skibba (Inside Science News Service, July 1, 2016)

"Frigate birds fly nonstop for months" by Laurel Hamers (Science News, June 30, 2016)

"Warming alters mountain plant's sex ratios" by Amy McDermott (Science News, June 30, 2016)

"Butter doesn't increase risk of heart disease after all" by Lindzi Wessel (STAT News, June 29, 2016)

"Mission Juno" by Alison F. Takemura (NASA Visualization Explorer, June 28, 2016)

"Nothing Says 'Hip' Like Ancient Wheat" by Natalie Jacewicz (NPR, June 27, 2016)

"Why Are Health Studies So White?" by Natalie Jacewicz (The Atlantic, June 16, 2016)

"Mosquito spit can increase dengue severity" by Amy McDermott (Science News, June 16, 2016)

"Cocaine addicts can't kick other habits either" by Laurel Hamers (Science News, June 16, 2016)

"Millennials May Be Losing Their Grip" by Natalie Jacewicz (NPR, June 13, 2016)

"Celery: Why?" by Natalie Jacewicz (NPR, June 13, 2016)

"Ancient genomes suggest dual origin for modern dogs" by Bethany Augliere (Nature, June 2, 2016)

"'Landmark study' solves mystery behind classic evolution story" by Emily Benson (Science, June 1, 2016)

"Herpers Help Scientists Protect Cold-Blooded Wildlife" (with audio link) by Brendan Bane (KAZU radio, May 27, 2016)

"Wandering Planets" by Alison F. Takemura (NASA Visualization Explorer, May 26, 2016)

"Preparing Physics Undergrads for the Jobs of the Future" by Erin E.A. Ross (Inside Science News Service, May 24, 2016)

"Climate Change May Be as Hard on Lizards as on Polar Bears" by Amy McDermott (The Atlantic, May 23, 2016)

"Sean Carroll's 'Big Picture' Tours Physics and Philosophy" by Ramin Skibba (Inside Science News Service, May 19, 2016)

"Giraffe genome reveals clues to sky-scraping height" by Emily Benson (Science, May 17, 2016)

"Genome reveals why giraffes have long necks" by Bethany Augliere (Nature, May 17, 2016)

"Postpartum depression: Advocate didn't get help until she considered throwing herself, son in front of bus" by Lindzi Wessel (San Jose Mercury News, May 12, 2016)

"Good Vibrations" by Alison F. Takemura (NASA Visualization Explorer, May 10, 2016)

"UC San Francisco limb growth study looks at bats" by Laurel Hamers (San Jose Mercury News, May 7, 2016)

"Interacting Dwarf Galaxies Shed Light on Milky Way Neighbors" by Ramin Skibba (Inside Science News Service, May 6, 2016)

"How dolphin moms reunite with their babies" by Amy McDermott (Science, May 6, 2016)

"Cougar attacks: Santa Cruz Mountains residents search for answers" by Lindzi Wessel (San Jose Mercury News, May 1, 2016)

"Mathematicians and 'The Man Who Knew Infinity" by Ramin Skibba (Inside Science News Service, April 29, 2016)

"A woman's pelvis narrows as she ages" by Emily Benson (Science, April 25, 2016)

"Monkey teeth tell tale of ancient migration" by Bethany Augliere (Nature, April 20, 2016)

"Mining in Space Could Lead to Conflicts on Earth" by Ramin Skibba (Nautilus, April 19, 2016)

"Can the Skull Tell Us If an Ancient Human Walked Upright?" by Erin E.A. Ross (Inside Science News Service, April 18, 2016)

"Drought poll: Most Californians see serious water shortage despite rains" by Laurel Hamers and Lindzi Wessel (San Jose Mercury News, April 15, 2016)

"Mercury in Our Sights" by Alison F. Takemura (NASA Visualization Explorer, April 14, 2016)

"Mystery factors protect lucky few from severe genetic disorders" by Bethany Augliere (Nature, April 11, 2016)

"Scientists Urge West Coast to Prepare for Approaching Acidification" (with audio link) by Brendan Bane (KAZU radio, April 7, 2016)

"Bemoaning Political Attacks Won't Fix the Problem" by Natalie Jacewicz (Scientific American, April 7, 2016)

"Important and Overlooked: Protecting Open Water" by Amy McDermott (National Geographic Voices blog, April 5, 2016)

"Human sacrifice may have helped societies become more complex" by Emily Benson (Science, April 4, 2016)

"Stanford study: California moving toward more extreme weather" by Laurel Hamers (San Jose Mercury News, April 1, 2016)

"Groundwater law, winter rain trigger flood of aquifer-recharge experiments around California" by Emily Benson (San Jose Mercury News, March 27, 2016)

"Evolution is not kind to older dads" by Laurel Hamers (Science, March 23, 2016)

"Cosmetics could contain potentially harmful chemicals" by Lindzi Wessel (Salinas Californian, March 22, 2016)

"San Jose dogs, owners join DNA studies to help find cures" by Natalie Jacewicz (San Jose Mercury News, March 21, 2016)

"Orcas on the hunt for gray whales in Monterey Bay" by Bethany Augliere (Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 19. 2016)

"Coral analysis reveals how ocean ecosystems responded to climate shifts" by Brendan Bane (UC Santa Cruz news office, March 18, 2016)

"Landslide Prediction an Improved but Uncertain Science" (with audio link) by Amy McDermott (KAZU radio, March 17, 2016)

"Facing last act in the circle of life" by Lindzi Wessel (Salinas Californian, March 15, 2016)

"Female computer science grad students find supportive environment at UC Santa Cruz" by Brendan Bane (UC Santa Cruz news office, March 10, 2016)

"Gene explains why some are sleepy and sad" by Natalie Jacewicz (San Jose Mercury News, March 10, 2016)

"Corrupt societies encourage lying" by Laurel Hamers (Science, March 9, 2016)

"Unusual salamanders lurk beneath UC Santa Cruz" by Bethany Augliere (Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 6, 2016)

"Barnacles make Pacific's plastic trash inviting home, could hitch a ride to Monterey Bay" by Alison F. Takemura (Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 5, 2016)

"Helping otter pups survive El Niño" by Ramin Skibba (Monterey Herald, March 5, 2016)

"Tech helps find endangered seabirds among Santa Cruz redwoods" by Alison F. Takemura (Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 4, 2016)

"Ageing Milky Way stopped making stars before it ran out of gas" by Ramin Skibba (New Scientist, March 2, 2016)

"California biologists shoot scores of bully owls to protect endangered spotted owls" by Natalie Jacewicz (San Jose Mercury News, February 27, 2016)

"Autonomous acoustic sensors help researchers find endangered seabirds" by Brendan Bane (UC Santa Cruz news office, February 24, 2016)

"Tracking Wildlife in Chernobyl: The Emotional Landscape of a Disaster Zone" by Amy McDermott (Discover, February 18, 2016)

"Organic diet cuts pesticide exposure in children, UC Berkeley study finds" by Alison F. Takemura (San Jose Mercury News, February 18, 2016)

"Why do our cells' power plants have their own DNA?" by Laurel Hamers (Science, February 18, 2016)

"Move over, California grizzlies: Lace lichen becomes state symbol" by Emily Benson (San Jose Mercury News, February 16, 2016)

"Moons in Chaos" by Alison F. Takemura (NASA Visualization Explorer, February 16, 2016)

"Why isn't new meningitis vaccine universally recommended?" by Emily Benson (San Jose Mercury News, February 5, 2016)

"Abalone: Best Choice or Avoid? It Depends" (with audio link) by Amy McDermott (KAZU radio, February 4, 2016)

"Fracking: Environmental group startled by pro-oil production radio/TV campaign" by Ramin Skibba (Monterey Herald, February 3, 2016)

"New exchange program could help protect monarch habitat" by Lindzi Wessel (Salinas Californian, February 2, 2016)

"Monterey sea otters use tools more than other otters" by Bethany Augliere (San Jose Mercury News, February 1, 2016)

"Bizarre desert-dwelling fish may have evolved just a couple hundred years ago" by Laurel Hamers (Science, January 26, 2016)

"Armor the coast, or retreat? Pacific Grove studies erosion options" by Ramin Skibba (Monterey Herald, January 24, 2016)

"Brewer's yeasts mate inside the guts of hibernating wasps" by Laurel Hamers (Science, January 18, 2016)

"Scientists study fat burn in elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Park" by Bethany Augliere (Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 18, 2016)

"Santa Cruz County's famed apply industry at a crossroads" by Emily Benson (San Jose Mercury News, January 17, 2016)

"Options are limited for California caregivers shouldering burden of growing Alzheimer's crisis" by Lindzi Wessel (San Jose Mercury News, January 17, 2016)

"When chemical cues disappear, ants rely on memory" by Laurel Hamers (Science, January 15, 2016)

"Submarine uses Monterey Canyon as training ground for possible space exploration" by Amy McDermott (Monterey Herald, January 12, 2016)

"Rainstorms, tides and El Niño are reshaping Monterey Bay beaches" by Ramin Skibba (Monterey Herald, January 12, 2016)

"Powerball: That fever you're feeling has a name: dopamine" by Natalie Jacewicz and Emily Benson (San Jose Mercury News, January 9, 2016)

"Argentine ants altering California's ecosystems as homeowners give them shelter" by Laurel Hamers (San Jose Mercury News, January 9, 2016)

"Stanford biologists discover that flexible gene expression may regulate social status in male fish" by Bethany Augliere (Stanford News Service, January 5, 2016)

"Preparing for an Invasion of Tigers—or Tiger Mosquitoes, Anyway" by Erin E.A. Ross (Scientific American, January 2, 2016)

"Zebra Finch Bonding Hinges On Social Hormones" by Alison Takemura (Inside Science, December 31, 2015)

"Beyond GPS: The Next High-Tech Frontier in Wild Animal Tracking" by Bethany Augliere (Scientific American, December 30, 2015)

"Trees Capture Fog – So Why Can't We?" by Ramin Skibba (Bay Nature, December 30, 2015)

"Pumas on the Edge of Town" by Alison Takemura (PLOS Ecology, December 29, 2015)

"Giant Balls of Bacteria Pile Up on Arctic Lake Beds, Ooze Toxin" by Emily Benson (Eos, December 23, 2015)

"Interior Water Not Ruled Out for Our Moon, Lab Tests Suggest" by Amy McDermott (Eos, December 22, 2015)

"Oil Dispersants Deadly to a Common Estuary Species" by Brendan Bane (Eos, December 18, 2015)

"Assessing U.S. Fire Risks Using Soil Moisture Satellite Data" by Ramin Skibba (Eos, December 17, 2015)

"Snow Blows In Fits And Starts, Only Partly Due To Wind" by Alison Takemura (Inside Science, December 16, 2015)

"Plankton Reveal New Secrets About Ancient CO2 Levels" by Natalie Jacewicz (Eos, December 16, 2015)

"The Backwards Earthquakes" by Erin E.A. Ross (Eos, December 15, 2015)