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December 2014
Three students take measurements at Big Creek Reserve to study sudden oak death

NRS Field Quarter Program

Bringing students together from across the UC system to learn at reserves, the NRS's Field Quarter Program will launch its first offering in Fall 2015. California Ecology and Conservation will immerse 27 students in the habitats of NRS reserves for seven weeks. Apply now through Feb 2, 2015.  Read more >>
People hike over short brown grass into the Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve

What is the Vernal Pools Reserve?

Reserve director Christopher Swarth explains the mission and purpose of the UC Natural Reserve System and its Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve. Read more >>

Anza-Borrego reserve flythrough

Tour the newly remodeled facilities of the NRS's Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center in this animation by Vasquez Marshall Architects. Read more >>
Female elephant seal swimming at the surface with a GPS tag glued to her head

Fat makes elephant seals  efficient divers

Researchers using a new type of tracking device on female elephant seals have discovered that adding body fat helps the seals dive more efficiently by changing their buoyancy. Read more >>


Dec. 11    Boyd Deep Canyon Lecture Series
6 pm, Palm Desert Center, 75-080 Frank Sinatra Dr., Palm Desert
A recipe for the future of regenerative medicine: advanced medical imaging
The advent of MRIs, CT scans, and a host of other imaging methods has provided a window into the inner workings of the body and disease processes. Radiologist Dr. Chris Hancock will discuss the potential convergence of medical imaging, 3D printing, biomimicry, and stem cells as the future of regenerative medicine.

Dec. 12    Walking Ecology
9-11 am, Sedgwick Reserve, 3566 Brinkerhoff Rd., Santa Ynez
Are birds smarter than a first grader?
Corina Logan of the UCSB Sage Center for the Study of the Mind will discuss her work with the clever New Caledonian crow. One of the few species that make and use tools in the wild, these corvids use different types of tools across their range, suggesting designs are copied from generation to generation. Logan will describe her experiments with wild-caught crows to home in on what information birds observing tool use attend to, how social information is transmitted, and how they solve foraging problems.


National Academy of Science report brochure
National Academy of Sciences recommendations to enhance the value and sustainability of field stations and marine labs, now summarized in a brochure. Read more >>
Wilbur (Bill) Mayhew

Wilbur (Bill) Mayhew, 1920–2014

Pioneering ecologist dedicated himself to securing natural reserves for the University of California. Read more >>
Thembi Anne Jackson

The Newest NRSer

Meet Thembi Anne Jackson, NRS Operations Manager at the Systemwide office in Oakland. Read more >>
Abronia umbellata, courtesey Pescadero State Park

Did you know?

Despite battling a wildfire and serious drought, the NRS's Coal Oil Point Reserve managed to install over 3,000 native plants this year. Over 30 interns participated in this restoration program.
Dan Ladd at the Smith College Ada & Archibald MacLeish Field Station

Art and science: a natural fit

Enjoy examples of art conducted at NRS reserves, field stations, and marine labs around the world, and participate in discussions of how to encourage artists to use natural reserves at the Art at Field Stations and Marine Labs blog. Read more >>


UC announces training program in field research
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