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A great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) approaches a kayaker in Mossel Bay, South Africa. Credit: C & M Fallows/SeaPics.com; used by permission.

To avoid dangerous shark encounters, information trumps culling

Risk of great white shark attack in California waters down 91 percent since 1950, researchers report FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 9, 2015 Contact: Liza Lester, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@retseLL   The great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) has a terrifying reputation. Shark attacks, though very rare, loom large in our imaginations, drawing intense media attention when they occur. Recent injuries…

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A controlled burn of central marine chaparral conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Ord, Cal., on October 14, 2013.Credit, U.S. Army.

History of fire and drought shapes the ecology of California, past and future

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 Contact: Liza Lester (202) 833-8773 x 211; gro.asenull@retsell   Fire season has arrived in California with vengeance in this third year of extended drought for the state. A series of large fires east of Redding and Fresno, in Yosemite, and on the Oregon border prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of…

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Rim Fire, California 2013. Mike McMillan, USFS.

The Rim Fire one year later: a natural experiment in fire ecology and management

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 31, 2014 Contact: Ecological Society of America: Liza Lester (202) 833-8773 x 211; gro.asenull@retsell U.S. Forest Service: Jon Heil (707) 562-9004, su.def.sfnull@liehj   The enormous conflagration known as the Rim Fire was in full fury, raging swiftly from crown to crown among mature trees, when it entered the backcountry of Yosemite National Park in California’s…

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California State Senator Darrell Steinberg named as ESA Regional Policy Award winner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Contact: Alison Mize (703) 625-3628; gro.asenull@nosila   On Sunday, August 10, 2014, the Ecological Society of America (ESA) will present its seventh annual Regional Policy Award to California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg during the Society’s 99th Annual Meeting conference in Sacramento, CA. The ESA award recognizes an elected or appointed local…

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Zeal to ensure clean leafy greens takes bite out of riverside habitat in California

Perceived food safety risk from wildlife drives expensive and unnecessary habitat destruction around farm fields. Meticulous attention to food safety is a good thing. As consumers, we like to hear that produce growers and distributers go above and beyond food safety mandates to ensure that healthy fresh fruits and vegetables do not carry bacteria or viruses that can make us sick. But in California’s Salinas Valley, some more vigorous interventions are cutting into the last corners of wildlife habitat and potentially threatening water quality, without evidence of food safety benefits.

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