Biologists discover that female purple sea urchins prime their progeny to succeed in the face of str

This story begins in the kelp forest and ends with a very important climate change message: All is not lost -- at least not for purple sea urchins. A new study by UC Santa Barbara marine biologists demonstrates that for females of the species (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus), exposure to stressful climate conditions such as low pH levels often makes for hardier, larger offspring. The group's findings appear in the journal Molecular Ecology. "We've known that these things go on in fish and other