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NRS reserves provide a resources and tools that can help with your research. Each year, thousands of scientists from around the world conduct field research in the protected landscapes of the Natural Reserve System. The NRS draws investigators for many reasons. This network of natural landscapes represents a living library of California’s diverse ecosystems. Reserve lands are protected for the long term, enabling researchers to conduct experiments without fear of the land or their equipment being disturbed. Data archives enable scientists to build on decades of previous research. Overnight accommodations, laboratories, reference collections, Internet access, and other amenities make fieldwork more comfortable and productive.
These are projects that the University of California Natural Reserve System is directly involved in and actively contributing to.
Weather station environmental data collected from NRS weather stations can be downloaded from each reserve.
Resources you will find here include DENDRA and the Desert Research Institute web portals.
Books, papers, and other publications about the NRS or based on research conducted at reserves. All UCNRS reserves use the Zotero tool to store and provide bibliographic research publications about research done on NRS reserves. Some listings provide the pdf of the published document. Please include the DOI number of your proposed entry when available.
We encourage you to add the DOI number of the appropriate reserve(s) to any publications resulting from your work within the reserve system.
Geographic and other mapping information about NRS reserves, including vegetation, soil, and other data layers. Reserve boundary layers exist as ArcInfo shape files and Google Earth KMZ files.
The Reserve Mapper will assist with identifying research locations associated with specific species.
Latitude and Longitudes – locations for each of the NRS reserves
Additional GIS layers showing public lands adjacent to each reserve (adjacent, 1 kilometers, 5 kilometers, and 10 kilometers away). Researchers may be able to expand their studies into these areas.
The reservemapper application helps users discover natural history observations and specimens associated with each of the Berkeley-based field stations. The reservemapper draws on data from the Berkeley EcoEngine and species occurrence data hosted by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).
The NRS and individual reserves maintain lists of plant, vertebrate, and arthropod species that have been collected or observed within reserve boundaries or have ranges that overlap the boundaries of the reserves.
Document the organisms you encounter at NRS reserves with photos and more, and add those observations to the list of reserve species kept on iNaturalist. The iNaturalist NRS list is organized by reserve to make it easier to associate species with locations.
The University of California Natural Reserve System History & Archive Project seeks to inventory, preserve, and promote the use of documents and other materials that relate to the history of the NRS and the sites it encompasses throughout California.
Find descriptions of current and former research projects by searching the NRS’s Reserve Application Management System (RAMS), which tracks reserve use.
These are researcher resources that the UCNRS sees as helpful to our reserve visitors.
Open access policies are being adopted by a growing number of funders, including the National Science Foundation. Such policies require grant recipients to develop data management and dissemination plans, and provide access to metadata, datasets, and publications. These data management tools can help ensure that your data, research plans, specimen collections, and publications comply with this policy.
Exploring the data of natural history. Aims to explore, collect, and visualize the vast amount of data describing our natural world.
Flora and Fauna Classification Resources
KNB is an international repository intended to facilitate ecological and environmental research. Housing metadata gathered from studies conducted at field stations, laboratories, research sites, and individual researchers, KNB serves as the NRS’s data registry.
IGIS is the UCANR GIS Mapping Interface
ArcGIS Online helps you explore, understand, and measure your geographic data. Use viewers to explore maps, scenes, layers, and tools, and discover patterns, find answers, and reveal relationships about your community and the world.
GoogleEarth lets you zoom around the world and view the KMZ or KML boundary files available for all NRS reserves.
The California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB) is a program that inventories the status and locations of rare plants and animals in California. Staff work with partners to maintain current lists of rare species as well as an ever-growing database of GIS-mapped locations for these species.
Reserve managers and researchers are encouraged to submit information to CNDDB regarding special-status species found within or adjacent to the reserve system. Data is accepted in many formats, and guidelines are available. Reserve managers are also encouraged to provide researchers with the monthly password to CNDDB.
CNDDB online maps and GIS data can be queried via RareFind5 software, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife BIOS map viewer, or by downloading a GIS shapefile that can be opened in another application. Data specific to the reserve system and adjacent areas are available, as are training documents and tutorials.
GEOMAC – California Wildfire Viewer
Climate.gov – Data Snapshot – Maps and data for reports with layman description of weather concepts.
NCEAS – National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis