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Curriculum Changes at Bodega Marine Laboratory

Adjustments to the cirriculum hosted at the UCDavis Bodega Marine Laboratory in Bodega Bay, California, make it easier for undergraduates to attend summer classes in this one-of-a-kind study atmosphere. Instead of having to enroll in one 10 unit course, students can now select from a number of 3 to 5 unit classes. This makes it easier to tailor summer study to fit interest and budgets.

Environmental Influences on Phenotype New Hurdle for Conservationists

Sean Lema, a UCDavis graduate student, and Gabrielle Nevitt, a UCD professor in Neurology, Physiology, and Behavior, have been working with the Devils Hole pupfish to uncover why populations of the fish introduced into other waterholes in Death Valley have a different appearance from fish in the original population. They soon discovered in the lab that slight changes in temperature and food availability had dramatic effects, including changing the color of the fish. This striking example brings several issues about species conservation into debate, including: are we trying to preserve the species, or the environment they come from? Is it simply the genetics we are attempting to preserve, or the overall look of the animal? It seems the pupfish hasn't finished causing drama in animal conservation circles just yet.