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November 2015
Bodega Marine Reserve

UC Davis celebrates preserved lands, outdoor classrooms

This year, the University of California passes the half-century mark in maintaining preserved lands from the coast, to grasslands, to woodlands—all used for research, teaching and learning. Here are ten big reasons to toast the achievements and opportunities made possible by UC Davis's NRS reserves. Read more >>

Field Studies Program unleashed

The inaugural class of the NRS's California Ecology and Conservation Course is more than halfway through its seven-week tour of NRS reserves. This intensive field studies class teaches undergraduates the basic field skills and statistics needed to do environmental research, then sets them loose to conduct ever longer and more complex research projects of their own. Students work hard learning by doing while having a ball in the great outdoors. Apply for the Spring 2016 edition by Nov. 13, 2015.

UCLA celebrates NRS 50th

To honor the 50th anniversary of the NRS, UCLA is highlighting the  research opportunities at its Stunt Ranch Santa Monica Mountains Reserve and White Mountain Research Center.  Meet students working at the reserves and discuss potential projects and collaborations. Discover opportunities for Bruins from all disciplines at UCLA's reserves. Students proposing future research will present posters to compete for UCLA's new NRS Student Research Grants initiative. Nov. 19 4-6 pm Hershey 158.
Read more and RSVP >>

EVENTS

Nov. 12 Boyd Deep Canyon Lecture Series
6 pm, UCR Palm Desert, 75080 Frank Sinatra Dr., Palm Desert
Roundworms: the good, the bad, and the ugly
The phylum Nematoda (roundworms) contains the most abundant and genetically diverse multicellular animals on Earth, the vast majority microscopic. The roundworms have developed remarkable adaptations enabling them to live in almost every habitat type. Learn all about these fascinating parasites from professor Steven Nadler of UC Davis.

Nov. 13 Sedgwick Events
9 am-noon, 3566 Brinkerhoff Rd., Santa Ynez
Long view of valley oak conservation in Santa Barbara County
UC Santa Barbara professor Frank Davis uses research into Santa Ynez Valley valley oaks to put oak populations in historical context, from the ranching days of the Valley, to current day land use changes, to an uncertain future where climate change may further challenge the longevity of these majestic trees. Afterward, join Frank and Sedgwick docents on a short walking tour of an oak woodland near the Sedgwick field station. 
  

NEWS BRIEFS

UC President Janet Napolitano
In the October edition of her monthly newsletter, UC President Janet Napolitano listed examples of "research that is combating and solving big public challenges."  The first project on her list: ISEECI (Institute for the Study of Ecological Effects of Climate Impacts), an initiative involving more than 125 professors from nine UC campuses who are studying climate change impacts across the NRS. Read more >>

Virtual Field Quarter

Take a romp across California as part of UC Santa Cruz professor Erika Zavaleta's new online field course, Ecosystems of California. Zavaleta takes students on virtual field trips to NRS reserves and beyond to illustrate lessons and whet student appetites for the great outdoors. Open to all UC undergrads, the course begins winter term of 2016. Watch course trailer >>
tethered rattlesnake

Rattler on a leash

Bree Putnam, grad student at Cal State San Diego, tethers rattlesnakes at Blue Oak Ranch Reserve to observe how ground squirrels behave upon discovering these snakes near their colony. Image credit: Mike Hamilton

Desert dazzler

Looking for all the world like a string of firecrackers, the flowers of ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) emerge from spring to fall. After rain, tiny green leaves sprout in tidy rows directly from the sticklike stems. Ocotillo are abundant at the NRS's Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center. Image credit: Lobsang Wangdu

NRS IN THE NEWS

UC reserves provide science for climate-change studies
Stebbins Cold Canyon
Davis Enterprise

Reserve system offers a place for UC researchers to study
Systemwide
Davis Enterprise

Alien landscape may hold clues to life out there
McLaughlin Reserve
Davis Enterprise

 
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