The mission of the Natural Reserve System is to contribute to the understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth and its natural systems by supporting university-level teaching, research, and public service at protected natural areas throughout California.
The Natural Reserve System at UC Riverside
The University of California maintains more than thirty Natural Reserves distributed throughout the state. The establishment of the system-wide UC Natural Reserve System was due in large part to the efforts in the 1940s and 1950s of Professors Ken Norris of UCLA and UC Santa Cruz and Wilbur Mayhew of UC Riverside, along with many others, who became concerned with the ever-increasing vandalism and disappearance of their field sites for research and teaching.
Call for Applications for the Mayhew Award
Research awards are available for graduate students conducting research at Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center. The competition is open to any graduate student enrolled in any accredited college or university. However, preference for awards will be to those enrolled...
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UCR Natural Reserves Response to COVID-19
Each university's reserve system fall under the guidelines of their main campus and local jurisdictions. At this time, UCR Natural Reserves are operating at reduced capacity. Staff are sanitizing surfaces frequently and practicing physical distancing. Some research projects with individuals...
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UC Natural Reserve System Symposium 2020 announced
The world’s largest university-administered reserve system will hold a symposium this fall to commemorate 55 years of field research and teaching. The UC Natural Reserve System Symposium, to be held in Berkeley from November 12–13, 2020, will feature more than...
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