The Yosemite Research Training in Environmental Science offers undergraduate students a unique opportunity to actively experience field research in environmental science in a premier National Park. Led by Stephen Hart and Michael Beman... [click to read more]

Coty Ventura, Sierra Nevada Research Institute's Management Service Officer, was awarded the 2014-2015 Star Award for all her hard work and tireless efforts. Make sure to congratulate Coty for her continuing service!

Henry Forman, a member of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute and founding faculty in Natural Sciences, is retiring at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year and will become Distinguished Professor Emeritus.

Sierra Nevada Research Institute

The San Joaquin Valley and the Sierra Nevada Regions of California are legendary for their vast natural resources, physical and biological diversity, and cultural heritage. These regions lead the nation in agricultural production and in several natural resource and recreation industries. However, rapid population growth, competition for natural resources, air, water and soil pollution, climate change and competing land uses pose serious threats to the sustainability of these regions.

Faculty, researchers, and students in the Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI) conduct basic and applied research on these issues, using the San Joaquin Valley and the Sierra Nevada as their "outdoor laboratory."  Currently 32 UC Merced faculty are members of SNRI.

The Sierra Nevada Research Institute currently operates facilities that support research activities in the Great Valley and Sierra Nevada region. These facilities, which are operated on a recharge basis, are open to the broader research and educational communities.

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