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January 2015

$1.9 million for NRS climate change studies

An ambitious plan to use the NRS to detect and forecast the ecological impacts of climate change on California is awarded a President's Research Catalyst Award by UC chief Janet Napolitano.  Read more >>
Three UCSD undergraduates examine a butterfly net for insects at Scripps Coastal Reserve.

Barcoding bugs for biodiversity

Biology students at UC San Diego capture arthropods at Scripps Coastal Reserve and DNA barcode each specimen for class. Their findings will be used to augment databases of reserve organisms and local biodiversity. Read more >>
Bringing Back the Wild: Coal Oil Point Reserve

Bringing Back the Wild

A new documentary, Bringing Back the Wild: Coal Oil Point Reserve, tells the inspiring story of how Coal Oil Point was restored back to healthy wetland and coastal strand habitat. The film debuts at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this January.  Read more >>
UC Davis graduate student Bruce Hammock at the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory

Student Research Grants

Grants are available to help grad students planning to conduct research at NRS reserves. Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve Graduate Student Research Grants will provide up to $3,000 to support studies conducted at Valentine Camp or Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab; applications are due Feb.15. The White Mountain Research Center Student Minigrant Program offers between $500 and $1000 to defray the costs of room, board, and lab fees at reserve facilities.


Jan. 15-17    California Native Plant Society Conference
DoubleTree Hotel, San Jose
Vince Vogeli, Director of Hastings Natural History Reservation, offers information about visiting and working at NRS reserves in the exhibit hall.

Jan. 23    Walking Ecology
9-11 am, Sedgwick Reserve, 3566 Brinkerhoff Rd., Santa Ynez
Oaks of Sedgwick
Claudia Tyler, a research scientist with the UCSB Institute for Computational Earth System Science, will talk about the oaks that populate the reserve.


Allison Simler measuring the circumference of a tree trunk

2014-15 Mathias Grants awarded

This year's 16 grant recipients, many studying the effects of climate change, will receive $38,000 to fund graduate research at NRS reserves. Read more >>
Baylisascaris procyonis life cycle

Raccoon roundworm ecology

A study of raccoon roundworm at Coal Oil Point Reserve has uncovered a high infection rate for rodents and raccoons, with implications for human health. Read more >>
Josh Schimmel C sequestration plot Sedgwick

C storage at Sedgwick

How to stash carbon in the landscape is a hot topic these days. But what controls the fate of C in soils remains largely unknown. UCSB’s Josh Schimmel has begun research  at Sedgwick Reserve studying carbon sequestration in oak savanna/grassland landscapes. Image credit: Brenda Juarez
Red-breasted sapsucker

One bird, two bird, redbird

This red-breasted sapsucker was among the 53 bird species spied by volunteers participating in the 2014 Christmas Bird Count at Sedgwick Reserve. Photo is courtesy Sedgwick docent Dennis Nord.


Grant to let scientists monitor global warming at UC reserves
San Francisco Chronicle

UC Santa Cruz to lead climate change project
Santa Cruz Sentinel

Three UC Riverside-managed reserves to be used to study climate change on ecosystems
UCR Today

UC natural reserves used to study climate change effects
Daily Democrat

Of ecology and evolution--UCSB researchers participate in NRS climate study
UCSB Current

UC receives $1.9M in funding for climate change research

Tracking mountain lions in California's urban jungles
Blue Oak Ranch Reserve
National Geographic News

Students use barcoding to classify organisms
Scripps Coastal Reserve
UCSD Guardian

The living laboratory: Santa Cruz Island offers educators and researchers a living model
Santa Cruz Island Reserve
Santa Maria Sun
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