Changing Environment

Kelp us kelp you: How kelp can help in a changing climate

UCLA Institute of Environmental Studies work with the Bay Foundation to determine how kelp restoration can protect the natural marine resources within the Santa Monica Bay.

Turning the tides UCLA

UCLA environmental science students work with The Bay Foundation on the Santa Monica Bay Ocean Acidification project.

Student Research: Sediment deoxygenation

UCLA student researchers sample sediment from the Oxygen Minimum Zone in the Santa Monica Basin using a multicorer instrument and find the effects of gradual oxygen depletion.

Bert Bolin Global Environmental Change Award Lecture by David Neelin

David Neelin, professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, was selected as the 2017 Bert Bolin awardee and lecturer of the American Geophysical Union’s Global Environmental Change focus group. The award recognizes an Earth scientist for “groundbreaking research or/and leadership in global environmental change through cross-disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary research in the past 10 years.” Neelin’s lecture was recorded at the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting in New Orleans.

Pritzker family’s $20M gift to UCLA targets environment and other societal challenges

The charitable foundation of Los Angeles philanthropists Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker has donated $20 million to UCLA to create several endowments, largely to support environmental and sustainability research aimed at helping Los Angeles and cities around the globe confront 21st-century challenges.

The Importance of Science

Increasing access to science

Prof. Aradhna Tripati of the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences talks about why it is important to her to bring students in from local community colleges to give them access to UCLA’s world-class research facilities and scientists.

The infinite possibilities of positive energy and human potential

Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences professor Aradhna Tripati – who also directs UCLA’s Center for Diverse Leadership in science – was asked to participate in the #infiniteLA video series as part of the Broad Museum’s Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibition. In the video, Tripati focuses on the positive energy of human potential, which she believes is infinite in nature.

Neil Garg TEDxUCLA: Perceptions

Niel Garg, chemistry professor, shares how chemistry can challenge you and your perceptions in various ways.

Eric Scerri and the Periodic Table

Dr. Eric Scerri from the Chemistry Department at UCLA giving a distinguished invited lecture at the Oscar Peterson auditorium of Concordia University, in Montreal. The topic is the history and iconic nature of the Periodic Table.

Hosea Nelson: Starting a chemistry lab

We caught up with Talented 12 alumnus Hosea Nelson of UCLA to hear his advice for chemists just starting their labs and to learn more about his path to chemistry. C&EN Online.

International Year of the Periodic Table with Eric Scerri

UCLA Physical Sciences interview with lead expert on the periodic table and UCLA professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Eric Scerri.

Planetary and Space Science

Margaret Kivelson: Pioneering planetary science

In February 2018, the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences honored the career of pioneering planetary scientist and EPSS professor Margaret Kivelson. She delivered a public lecture about a topic she is well known for: magnetic structures in the solar system.

Living on Mars

Planetary Radio Live host Mat Kaplan conducted a fascinating conversation with Mars experts including UCLA planetary expert David Paige.

How fast do black holes spin?

How big are black holes? Do they have a size, or could they be infinitely dense? Their characteristics are still so new to us, but there are a few things we do know – like how massive they are and how fast they’re spinning. Professor of astronomy Mark Morris has devoted much of his time to researching these mysteries.

The formation of Earth within space and time

Professor Abby Kavner runs the mineral physics program in the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, where the goal is to understand how the properties of minerals help determine the behavior of the Earth and planets. The goal of the research group is to measure physical and chemical properties of materials in the laboratory, to further our understanding of the Earth and planets.

From past to present, how rare is Earth?

Professor Edward Young’s projects range from the origins of the solar system to identifying isotopic biosignatures here on Earth. His lab’s tools are mass spectrometers, ultraviolet and infrared lasers, ion exchange resins, telescopic observations of young stars, and presses for squeezing and heating rocks to immense pressures and temperatures.

Student Research: Extraterrestrial Intelligence

UCLA students describe their experience collecting and analyzing data from a large radio telescope to search for extraterrestrial intelligence.  Authored by Kevin Lu, filmed by Emmanuel Masongsong, and featuring the UCLA Spring 2017 SETI class.


The music and motion of molecular machines: A featured lecture at SACNAS 2017

As a featured speaker at the 2017 SACNAS Diversity in STEM Conference, Dean Miguel García-Garibay spoke to thousands of students, faculty, and researchers about his work with molecular machinery. With careful orchestration and collaboration, these molecules – like music – can turn noise into something beautiful.

Richard B. Kaner: 115th UCLA Faculty Research Lecture, New Materials

Richard B. Kaner, distinguished professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, presents a talk entitled “A Quest for New Materials: Superhard Metals, Conducting Polymers and Graphene.”

Hosea Nelson: Copy nature to create a brighter future

Speaking of Chemistry caught up with UCLA’s Hosea Nelson to learn about how chemists are trying to copy nature for a brighter future.

PTSI Research Video

The Plasma Science and Technology Institute (PSTI) at UCLA represents the largest university-based research effort in the world related to the forth state of matter known as plasma. It is an Organized Research Unit involving 36 faculty and about 150 researchers, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students from a variety of departments.

UCLA Science in Media

The calculus of comedy

For the writers of The Simpsons, Futurama, and The Big Bang Theory, mathematical formulas (along with classic equations and cutting-edge theorems) can sometimes be an integral part of those shows. In a lively and nerdy discussion, six of these writers (who have advanced degrees in math, physics, and computer science) will share their love of numbers and talent for producing laughter.

Math on The Colbert Report

Terence Tao – UCLA professor of mathematics, MacArthur Fellow, and Fields Medalist – discusses his lifelong fascination with mathematics and the mysteries of prime numbers.

Using Math and Simulations to create Snow Simulations

How simulations are used to create snow in Disney films.