Busy Bees and Bee-searchers at NCOS and Beyond
Blooms are abuzz with bees and bee-searchers at NCOS and elsewhere at UCSB and beyond. Read on to learn how to recognize some of the native bees in our region (including a recent sighting of an endangered bumblebee species!) and what CCBER's student researchers are doing to improve our knowledge and ability to help support them.
Blooms and Bugs: Invertebrate Zoology Trip to Anza-Borrego
This past weekend, CCBER invertebrate zoology staff went on a surprise field trip to the UC Irvine Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center. Read on about our experiences collecting with researchers from the California Academy of Sciences!
Collections Research Meetings Winter 2019
The natural history collections side of CCBER will be having weekly informal research seminars, with several guest speakers planned. If you are interested in natural history or collections research, come join every Wednesday from 5-6pm in CCBER's classroom! Read on for schedule of presenters and more.
Wild Encounters in Our Own Backyard: NCOS and Beyond
As the North Campus Open Space project progresses into its second year of restoration work, more and more wildlife is making use of the evolving habitat. For many restoration staff, students and volunteers who spend hours planting and weeding, seeing the wildlife use the habitat is a rewarding and inspiring experience. Read on about interesting wildlife encounters in and around NCOS!
Studying Ladybug Communities at Coastal Sites
For three quarters, the Lady Beetle Project has been documenting the effect of restoration work on the distribution, abundance, and diversity of ladybugs in select habitats around UCSB and Goleta. Read on about the work of the interns involved!
Ecology and Diversity of the Manzanitas
Earlier this month, CCBER Collections Manager Greg Wahlert presented to the California Native Plant Society about one of the chaparral's most iconic trees, the manzanita (genus Arctostaphylos). Read more about his research on their phylogeny and learn about identification!
Give Day 2018: CCBER and NCOS
Ophionine Wasps of California
Earlier this month at a meeting of the Santa Barbara Entomologists, EEMB Master's student and CCBER Collection Staff Rachel Behm presented on her work on wasps in the subfamily Ophioninae in Santa Barbara.
Search for the Giant Sphinx Moth
CCBER has one of a few specimens of a giant sphinx moth from Mexico that has begun to be found in Santa Barbara. Read more about the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History's study of the moth's occurrence and how citizens can help.
Natural History Collections Club's Invertebrate Transcription Event
Last Saturday, the Natural History Collections Club held an event to transcribe data for the insect collections. The event attracted participants from many different disciplines to get around 500 specimens from the online invertebrate database transcribed!