California Ecology and Conservation
About the program
California Ecology and Conservation is an undergraduate field program that brings together students from across the UC system for seven weeks of intensive scientific training at NRS reserves. Guided by experienced field instructors, students complete a series of increasingly independent research studies while learning to detect natural patterns, frame questions into feasible research projects, and apply field techniques. At the conclusion of each project, students analyze their data and present their findings in oral presentations, posters, and written reports. Students hone their research, public speaking, and scientific writing skills with constant practice and feedback while gaining a working familiarity with California’s diverse ecosystems.