Jacob Margolis

Science Reporter

Stories by Jacob Margolis

Did the Thomas fire contaminate the ocean? Ask the algae

As communities continue to reel from the Thomas fire and devastating mudslides, scientists are trying to understand the impact that both are having on coastal ecosystems.

What's that flying over Los Angeles? A SpaceX rocket

Social media lit up with posts about a mysterious object flying through the skies above L.A. Was it a UFO? A chemtrail? Superman?

SoCal gets reprieve from Santa Ana winds

But we're expected to stay dry with above average temperatures through the new year.

'Year of extremes': SoCal rides climate coaster in 2017

Deluge early on gives way to record-hot summer and searing, bone-dry fall that left SoCal a tinder box — set aflame by a record-stretch of high winds.

California has had a monster wildfire every year for the past 6 years

Nearly three-quarters of the state's worst fires have happened since 2000. Experts blame forest management techniques, home construction in wilderness and climate change.

The invasive, flammable plants making California's fires worse

The hills of Southern California are lined with invasive grasses, which after a hot, dry year, were ready to ignite with a spark.

Southern California is burning. Is climate change to blame?

Scientists say a warming planet is likely to exacerbate the factors that led to this week's firestorms.

Weed, you and 2018

You'll need to be at least 21 to buy it. Don't smoke it in public. And definitely don't give it to a minor. Everything you need to know about the legalization of recreational marijuana in California.

He was prosecuted for selling weed. Now he wants to be the McDonald's of pot

Virgil Grant started in the marijuana industry by wholesaling suitcases full of marijuana to people in Compton. Now, three decades on, he wants to run the L.A. market.

How well does Larry Mantle know pot?

We quizzed him in preparation for the rise of the recreational marijuana business in California.

LA's weather will be hot and dry — just like your Thanksgiving turkey

Gobble gobble GASP! We could see record heat on Thanksgiving, thanks in part to two high pressure systems.

This fly dives into Mono Lake, but doesn't get wet

Now scientists have figured out how the fly stays dry even though it can stay submerged for 15 minutes. Yet another otherworldly aspect of Mono Lake.

As climate shifts, California birds are nesting earlier

As global temperatures continue to climb, animals have to adapt. For 202 different species of California birds, that means nesting earlier in the year.

How the 101 is changing the way our local animals evolve

Separated by the 101 freeway, different groups of the same species are adapting to microclimates, kicking off the evolutionary process.

Ughhh, it’s 100+ degrees in SoCal. Here’s why

High pressure over the Great Basin is bringing unseasonable heat to Southern California.