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August 2018

Learning from "little monsters"

Water movement patterns create microhabitats in creeks. The presence of riffles, pools, or cascades determine which types of aquatic invertebrates can populate a stream reach, according to new research by UC Santa Barbara scientist David Herbst. Herbst has made the NRS's Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory his home base for the last two decades. Read more >>
CEC Research Spring 2018

Latest CEC Research issue out

The Spring 2018 issue of the NRS's field course journal is now available online. CEC Research collects papers summarizing original research from each class of California Ecology and Conservation, the NRS's field course. Students design the research project, gather data using standard field methods, analyze the data using statistics, and write up the results as a formal paper. Students can cite the papers when applying for jobs and graduate school. This year's final projects investigate the ecology of the NRS's Angelo Coast Range ReserveRead more >>

Stebbins heat warning

A hiker suffering from heat exhaustion had to be airlifted from the NRS's Stebbins Cold Canyon in late July. The rugged terrain of the reserve makes rescuing hikers difficult even for trained safety personnel. Extreme heat plus severe fire risk has prompted warnings against hiking the reserve in summer as well as trail closuresRead more >>

Too hot? Not!

Desert iguanas are remarkably tolerant of temperatures lethal to a humans. Native to southwestern deserts, these lizards have recorded body temperatures in excess of 115 degrees F. Like many reptiles, Dipsosaurus dorsalis welcomes the sun's heat as a means of warming its body systems. Body color offers clues to a desert iguana's thermal state. Lizards emerge from their nighttime burrows sluggish and dark in color (the better to soak up the sun's rays), and get both speedier and paler as they warm. Image credit: Lobsang Wangdu

Jepson Herbarium classes

UC Berkeley’s Jepson Herbarium Workshops aim to provide educational opportunities for professional and amateur botanists.

Sept. 29-30
GIS for botanists
Hastings Natural History Reservation
Start mapping with geographic information system software. Instructors Heather Constable and Michelle Koo will show you how to create your own maps to answer questions about biodiversity, conservation and ecology using field or historic data plus freely available information. The course will use a free, open source GIS program.


California's birds are testing new survival tactics on a vast scale
New York Times

Coastal creatures captured in Snapshot Cal Coast
Scripps Coastal Reserve
San Diego Reader

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