UC Irvine is fortunate to have a number of outstanding facilities for field-based outreach, teaching and research. Within the UCI Office of Research and under the direct responsibility of UCI-NATURE are three UC Natural Reserve System sites (San Joaquin Marsh Reserve located on campus; Burns-Piñon Ridge Reserve located three hours from campus; and Steele/Burnand Anza Borrego Desert Research Center located three hours from campus, and also three hours from Burns-Piñon Ridge Reserve) and the UCI Ecological Preserve (on campus). UCI-NATURE is also responsible for maintaining a partnership with the Crystal Cove Alliance for the shared use of a Research Cottage within Crystal Cove State Park. Finally, UCI-NATURE will play a role in coordinating the management of the Greenhouse, Arboretum and Herbarium (on campus) that are each held within the School of Biological Sciences.
The mission for UCI-NATURE is:
To advance understanding of the natural environment by promoting and developing field-based facilities and programs for research, education and outreach.
UCI-NATURE Faculty Director: Dr. Kailen Mooney Facility Name Faculty Advisor(s) San Joaquin Marsh Reserve Peter Bowler Burns-Pinon Ridge Reserve Peter Bowler Steele/Burnand Anza Borrego Desert Research Center Travis Huxman Ecological Preserve Peter Bowler and Travis Huxman Crystal Cove Research Cottage Jen Martiny
Summary information on the above facilities, as well as information on related facilities managed by the School of Biological Sciences, may be found here: https://www.bio.uci.edu/research/natural-reserves-and-environmental-facilities/