Field stations of the UC Natural Reserve System have been an intimate part of the BNHM’s history and focus on the natural laboratory. Nine reserves in particular are aligned with the Berkeley Natural History Museums. Their diversity in habitat, ecology and biodiversity are critical areas of research and education.
We are also part of a Critical Zone Observatory centered on the Eel River at the Angelo Coast Range Reserve. The Eel River Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) is one of ten National Science Foundation observatories that study the interconnection of physical, chemical and biological processes of the “critical zone” — where rock, soil, water, air and living organisms interact and shape the Earth’s surface.
- Angelo Coast Range Reserve, northern Mendocino County
- Blue Oak Ranch Reserve, Santa Clara County
- Hastings Natural History Reserve, Monterey County
- Chickering American River Reserve, Placer County
- Onion Creek Experimental Watershed – with the USDA Forest Service
- Hans Jenny Pygmy Forest Reserve, Mendocino County
- Sagehen Creek Field Station, Nevada County.
- Central Sierra Snow Laboratory, Donner Pass, Placer County
In the Pacific
- Gump South Pacific Research Station, Moorea, Tahiti