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 27 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.
The Environmental Analytical Laboratory (EAL) is a centralized facility for the analysis of a wide variety of environmental materials — including water, soil, and biological material — for major and trace elements, selected chemical species and nutrients, and organic compounds. For more details about instrumentation, please click here.
The Yosemite Field Station is the first curiosity-driven research institute located inside Yosemite National Park. It is dedicated to facilitating synergistic links among academic research, natural resource management and environmental education. Located in the historic village of Wawona, this facility includes office, laboratory and meeting space, and guest houses that can accommodate approximately 35 people.
The Sequoia Field Station, under development at Wolverton in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, currently serves mainly researchers.