California Ecology and Conservation Overview
California is one of the most biologically rich and geographically diverse regions in the world. California Ecology and Conservation offers students a chance to experience the Golden State’s deserts, wetlands, mountains, and oak woodlands while conducting hands-on field research. Immersion in these wild habitats is an unforgettable way to learn fundamental concepts in ecology, how geomorphology and climate influence habitats, and principles of conservation.
California Ecology and Conservation exposes students to a wide range of state ecosystems as they travel from one reserve in the UC Natural Reserve System (NRS) to another. For the course, students will design and conduct studies in a natural environment, gather data using standard field methods, apply statistical analyses, and present results via reports and oral presentations. Veteran field instructors will help guide student studies and build research and reporting skills.
Students must be prepared to hike into rugged terrain, conduct physically demanding field studies, experience potentially extreme weather conditions, travel on boats and unpaved roads, and stay in tents or rustic, dormitory-style accommodations.
To offer this opportunity to all students in the UC system, NRS has partnered with UCEAP to assist program participants with logistical, financial, and academic registration tasks. Please look carefully at the Pre-Departure Checklist linked below and click through the Money Matters, Academics, and Policies tabs on this web page to make sure you have completed all pre-departure requirements.Pre-Departure Checklist Spring 2017