Listen to an audio interview with Cal Poly Pomona’s chair & associate professor of geography, Dr. Kelly Huh, as she discusses the implications of Greenland’s massive and rapidly melting ice sheets. The current melting process is set to raise global sea levels by 10 inches.
Lab animals sporting a backbone have been protected by the U.S. government since 1985. But what about invertebrates that may still think and feel in similar ways? Dr. Robyn Crook of San Francisco State University has studied the nerve activities of octopuses and suggests that they are capable of feeling pain. Cephalopods are highly intelligent creatures capable of complex problem-solving, yet no federal regulations exist to guide responsible research involving octopuses, squid, or cuttlefish. As researchers work with octopuses to answer questions in neuroscience, the matter of whether they’re treating the animals humanely is becoming more pressing.
Dr. Kerry Nickols and Dr. Mark Steele of CSUN, along with Dr. Will White of OSU, are researching how artificial reefs in California affect fish populations. The team will explore whether the Wheeler North Reef in southern California is attracting fish from other areas or is actively producing its own population. This project was funded by a grant from CSU COAST as part of the State Science Information Needs Program (SSINP).
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