California Ecology and Conservation
This semester-long field course brings 27 students from across the UC system to selected UCNRS reserves–including Sagehen–each spring, summer and fall. The course teaches students how to conduct independent field studies, and their research sometimes turns up really interesting things.
For instance, student research projects in summer, 2018 suggested that the Sagehen Forest Project thinning treatments have reduced stress in Jeffrey Pines located in the treated units. Another project discovered that some of the tiny Lodgepole pine saplings encroaching into the Mason Fen are almost 50 years old!
Here are some examples of student projects from Sagehen:
UC Davis Bio Boot Camp 2.0
Bio Boot Camp 2.0 is a weeklong ecology-themed camp for high school students based out of the Bohart Museum of Entomology and the Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology at UC Davis. Over the course of the week, campers will blog about their experiences exploring Sierra Nevada ecosystems, visiting research centers and reserves in the area, and working on their own field ecology research projects.
Read the student blog to learn more about their research projects and general experience.