Coastlines Online, UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association


Summer 2015


The Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory’s New Center Opens

the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory Center
Kate and Paul Page

The Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory, also known as SNARL, opened a new Page Center.

The Page Center is an innovative, net-zero energy classroom and lecture hall. The Center is named after donors Paul and Kate Page in honor of their donation to fund it and bequest in their estate plan to maintain it, as well as their many years as volunteers at the Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve and SNARL.

To achieve net-zero energy, meaning the building cannot use energy from the grid nor any propane for heating, the Page Center uses a combination of ground source heating and cooling, with two photovoltaic panel arrays on the roof to cover the building’s energy needs

Predicting Tree Mortality

diseased trees

A combination of drought, heat and insects is responsible for the death of more than 12 million trees in California, according to a new study from UC Santa Barbara’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. The study is the first of its kind to examine the wide spectrum of interactions between drought and insects. This study is the framework, the first step toward developing the tools that resource managers need to better predict the impacts of climate change on forests.

UCSB Gets A Charge Out of Patents

The University of California is credited with having the largest number of utility-related patents in the United States last year, with UC Santa Barbara professors providing more than a quarter of the total.