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UPDATED: Plan for Fix 50, think about changing your commute

All of us have homework to do for the highway project that will tie up traffic in May and June

Arrest made in Tercero trespass and theft

Police put out crime alert with photos — and tips follow

Commencement attire for faculty, administrators

Materiel Management and bookstore are taking orders

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Clown fish swimming in vegetation

Researchers traced reef fish ancestry by developing a comprehensive family tree of the major group of modern ocean fish.

Reef fish arrived in two waves

The world's reefs are hotbeds of biological diversity, including over 4,500 species of fish. A new study shows that the ancestors of these fish colonized reefs in two distinct waves, before and after the mass extinction event about 66 million years ago that wiped out the dinosaurs.

Reef fish represent one of the largest and most diverse assemblages of vertebrates, according to Samantha Price, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Evolution and Ecology at UC Davis. Price is first author on a paper describing the work, published April 2 in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

The fossil record of reef fish is patchy, so Price and colleagues traced their ancestry by developing a comprehensive family tree of the major group of modern ocean fish, the acanthomorphs or "spiny-finned fish," and calculating the times when different groups migrated into or out of reef habitats.

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Scientists solve the case of the red abalone die-off using new tool: forensic genomics

Abalone shells among the rocks on a beach

In August 2011, thousands of dead red abalone washed up on the beaches of Sonoma County in Northern California. At the time, the cause was unknown, but scientists, including a biologist from the University of California, Davis, learned that a harmful algal bloom was to blame: the causative agent…

UC Davis historian Alan Taylor wins Pulitzer Prize for second time

Portrait of Alan Taylor with a dog statue at his back

UC Davis distinguished history professor Alan Taylor has won the Pulitzer Prize in history for his book about slaves assisting the British during the War of 1812. “The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia: 1771 – 1832” (W.W. Norton) was called “a meticulous and insightful account of…

UC Davis junior selected for prestigious Goldwater scholarship

Man in tree

A University of California, Davis, junior — whose passion is the tree of life — has won what is the nation’s premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. Andrew Magee of San Jose is the 21st UC Davis student to be named a…

Double-headed motor protein offers new targets in cancer treatment

protein cells under a microscope

The structure of a key part of the machinery that allows cells to divide has been identified by researchers at the University of California, Davis — opening new possibilities for throwing a wrench in the machine and blocking runaway cell division in cancer. "The structure of kinesin-5 is…

World Food Center seminar focuses on climate change and food

The new World Food Center at the University of California, Davis, is sponsoring a free public seminar this Friday, April 11, on climate change and food production. “Technologies and Priorities for Adaptation to Climate Change: From California to Global Food Security” is scheduled from 2 to…