Students in NRS Field Quarter Program

Systemwide program immerses students in the natural world

UC Natural Reserve System's Field Quarter Program offers extended, up-close observation of California habitats and opportunities for hands-on research.

Coexist or perish, wildfire analysis says

UC scientists take part in research that advocates changing from fighting fire to coexisting with it as a natural process.

Aiming for a carbon neutral future

Representatives from UC campuses and research labs meet to discuss the ambitious systemwide Carbon Neutrality Initiative.

From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: UC research spans the globe

UC’s global reach can be seen from health to agriculture, sustainability to tech commercialization and bridge-building efforts such as the president-led UC Global Food Initiative and UC-Mexico Initiative.
Yosemite National Park

Berkeley and the making of Yosemite

Digital book brings to life the revered national park that's marking its 150th anniversary.

Natural gas usage will have little effect on CO2 emissions

Greater utilization of plentiful natural gas could delay switch to renewable energy.
sea otter

California's sea otter numbers hold steady

Annual population census indicates the threatened species is slowly swimming toward recovery.
Santa Cruz Island, 1980 (left) and 2008

Clear out invaders, and let nature take its course

UC undergrads find native vegetation rebounding on Santa Cruz Island decades after eradicating imported grazers.
scarlet macaws

Changes in farming practices can save evolutionary diversity

A new study by biologists at UC Berkeley and Stanford University highlights the dramatic hit on evolutionary diversity when forests are transformed into agricultural lands.
bollworm caterpillar

Evolutionary biology key to tackling diverse global problems

Drug-resistant diseases, pesticide-resistant bugs and animals threatened by climate change are signs of human-driven evolution getting out of control. A multi-university team calls for solutions.