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Dealing with Drought

As California's drought continues, how will residents—flora and fauna included—adapt to a drier climate?

In a drier world, how can we use water more intelligently?
Dealing with Drought
Satellites provide data that reveal just how much water California needs to get out of the drought.
Dealing with Drought
With the drought in California, salmon smolts are hitching a ride to get to the open ocean.

Gathering Data

Scientists use satellite data to track species movements and environmental changes on a global scale.

Conservationists are using new technologies to help protect nature.
Gathering Data
NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory is starting to measure fluctuations of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere.
Gathering Data
Where do West Coast loggerhead sea turtles travel in their youth?

Amphibian Conservation

Scientists are racing to learn as much as they can about chytrid fungus, a pathogen that is causing worldwide amphibian decline.

Could the deadly chytrid fungus wipe out Madagascar's unique frogs?
Salamander in Tilden Park
Amphibian Conservation
There is fear that a new lethal fungal disease in Europe will spread to North America's salamanders.
Amphibian Conservation
David Blackburn studies the evolution and distribution of frog species in Africa.

Exploring the Twilight Zone

Using advanced rebreather technology, scientists are studying a little-known area of the ocean called the twilight zone.

Living deep in the "twilight zone," this fish is often found swimming upside-down near cave roofs and overhangs.
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Exploring the Twilight Zone
Scientists are using advanced rebreather technology to dive deeply into unexplored areas of the ocean.
Exploring the Twilight Zone
Academy scientists suspect the Verde Island Passage may be “the center of the center” of marine biodiversity.

Academy Voices

A special Valentine's post featuring Ray "Bones" Bandar, and his wife, Alkmene.
Academy researcher John McCosker talks about local sharks and efforts to protect them.
Academy scientists describe some of the spectacular organisms that can be discovered in the shallows.
If you live in California, you're pretty much surrounded by weeds, but which plants qualify as weeds and why?

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What lies beneath a mushroom and how do fungi help an ecosystem?

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