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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.

News releases

Music stars at UC Davis recital hall groundbreaking

Rendering of the new music recital hall exterior

Listen for the sound of shovels as the University of California, Davis, breaks ground for its new music recital hall and classroom building Friday, May 2. This symphony of shovels will be augmented by a new musical work composed for this event, performances by a string quartet, Gamelan ensemble and…

UC Davis asks for strawberry commission lawsuit to be dismissed

The University of California, Davis, has filed a motion with the Alameda County Superior Court this week asking that the lawsuit filed against the university by the California Strawberry Commission be dismissed. "We continue to be disappointed with the actions of the commission and its pursuit of…

Three tapped for American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Three portraits of a man, a woman and a man

Three UC Davis faculty members working in diverse fields have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Margaret W. Ferguson, distinguished professor of English, Robert Huckfeldt, distinguished professor of political science, and John C. Wingfield, distinguished professor and…

Biodigester turns campus waste into campus energy

Professor Ruihong Zhang standing near the anaerobic digestion tanks

More than a decade ago, Ruihong Zhang, a professor of biological and agricultural engineering at the University of California, Davis, started working on a problem: How to turn as much organic waste as possible into as much renewable energy as possible. Today, on Earth Day, the university and…

Students' stories to help overcome stigma of seeking mental health services

Woman in blue T-shirt posing

The former president of the student body at the University of California, Davis, says it clearly: Sometimes we all need some help. Carly Sandstrom, her fellow students and others are sharing their personal stories as the campus launches a major Web-based initiative to encourage students to feel…

UC Davis conference showcases undergraduate research

Man standing in field

From identifying the effects of Twitter hashtags on the German language to engineering a harp that uses lasers in place of strings, nearly 500 University of California, Davis, undergraduates will showcase their discoveries and artistic creations on campus Friday and Saturday. The 25th annual…