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SMILING SCIENTISTS, SCARY FINDINGS: Dr. Gretchen Hofmann, front and center in the black vest, and her team of researchers at UCSB are part of a fast-growing international science community scrambling to better understand the impacts of ocean acidification – a phenomenon that has the potential to crash fisheries, rock ecosystems, and change ocean life as we know it. On the left is a CO2 machine essentially invented by Hofmann and crew in order to make their research possible. It allows them to mix exact levels of CO2 with Pacific Ocean water piped in from offshore of Campus Point. The goal is to create future ocean situations and see which organisms survive, thrive, or die with increased acidity.

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