The road linking the northern tip of Lake Berryessa to the southern shores of Clear Lake is particularly arresting in spring. Climbing through the crinkled hills of the inner Coast Range, it passes bucolic meadows, stands of chaparral, and copses of slender, long-needled gray pines. But in April and May, one stretch in particular looks […]
The UC Natural Reserve System is a library of ecosystems throughout California. Most of the state’s major habitat types are represented, from coastal tidepools to inland deserts, and lush wetlands to redwood forests. No other network of field sites can match its size, scope, and ecological diversity. The NRS offers outdoor laboratories to field scientists, classrooms without walls for students, and nature’s inspiration to all.
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The field sciences are often thought to have remained unchanged since Victorian times. A good pair of binoculars, a water-resistant notebook, and infinite stores of patience have long been considered the stock in trade, right alongside a pith helmet and khaki shorts. In reality, field researchers are embracing advances in technology right alongside the rest […]
by Scripps Institution of Oceanography An extinct species of whale was recently renamed in remembrance of the late Ken Norris and his son Richard (Dick) Norris, influential scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego. Norrisanima miocaena is newly described in the journal PeerJ. First described in the early 1920s by a researcher […]
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Access to NRS reserves is by permission only. Reserves are available for teaching, research, and public service, but not general recreation.