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Studying the science of the seasons


Narrator:       This is Science Today. University of California natural reserves are ideal places to monitor the science of the seasons, or phenology.

Mazer:           Phenology the word comes from the Greek word pheno, which means to appear and is usually comprised of the study of the timing and duration of events in the life cycle in plants and animals.

Narrator:       Susan Mazer, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, directs the California Phenology Project, a first-of-its-kind interagency endeavor that has identified 60 high-priority plant species for phenological monitoring across the state.

Mazer:           The goals of the California Phenology Project are both scientific and educational. At the scientific end of the spectrum, we're interested in detecting for the first time the effects of climate and climate change on a wide array of California native species.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.