California’s crashing kelp forest: How disease, warming waters, and ravenous sea urchins combined to kill the kelp and close the red abalone fishery

ScienceDaily | Oct 21, 2019 at 12:50 PM
  • It sounds like an ecological horror movie, but this scenario actually happened between 2013 and 2017.
  • Its lasting impacts continue to affect northern California’s coast today.
  • The study was coauthored by Cynthia Catton, an environmental scientist with the CDFW and research associate of UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory at the time of the study.