The UC Natural Reserve System makes natural landscapes available for long-term studies of California’s environment. Over the past fifty years, reserves have served as training grounds for generations of scientists. These professionals now lead efforts to understand and document climate change, manage water supplies, conserve wildlife, and more.
The NRS offers graduate student grants to jump start careers and encourage a lifetime of research based at reserves. For practitioners of the arts and humanities, the NRS seeks to provide artist-in-residency programs that will examine the role of science and nature in culture.
Equipment such as weather stations are essential for informing research, while internet service is critical to enable remote communication with colleagues and students.
Support undergraduate and graduate students conducting field studies at reserves.
Expand and maintain the statewide NRS Climate Monitoring Network.
Track the health of reserve ecosystems and conduct endangered species monitoring.
Purchase and maintain vehicles or boats providing access to reserve lands and waters.
Make broadband internet service available at all reserves.