Four UC undergraduates have been awarded the UC Natural Reserve System’s first Field Science Fellowships. The fellowship is intended to enable these highly motivated students to concentrate full time on their field science research for an entire summer with the guidance of a UC faculty mentor. “The fellowship applications we received were truly stellar,” says […]
By Tim Stephens, UC Santa Cruz The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has awarded renewed funding for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at UC Santa Cruz with a grant of $2.63 million over the next four years. The program was established with an initial four-year grant in 2015, with the goal of diversifying the conservation […]
The field sciences are often thought to have remained unchanged since Victorian times.
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.
A University of California project to study the availability of water in California’s ecosystems is off to a soaring start. The California Heartbeat Initiative (CHI) uses drones, sap flow meters, and other remote sensing techniques to monitor the water status of plants across large swaths of the landscape. The project aims to interpret water status […]
By Stuart Wolpert, UC Los Angeles University of California scientists are leading a $10 million conservation genomics project to help California officials make ecologically wise decisions as the state continues to confront the effects of climate change. The California Conservation Genomics Project, which is funded by the state, will involve conservation biologists, geneticists, ecologists and climate […]
UC Merced aims to build a field station to facilitate research and instruction on the NRS’s Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve.
Many of California’s native species rely on human-built stock ponds for water. Impounding streams or low spots on the landscape, these ponds were built to supply cattle and other livestock. Now, however, they are often critical habitats for endangered amphibians and reptiles, as well as water-loving birds. The pond at the NRS’s Sedgwick Reserve in the […]