In 1997 the UC Merced Research Advisory Committee developed research partnerships with Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings National Parks. In 1999 a prospectus was published outlining the creation of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. Since 2002, when the founding director of the SNRI...

The drone research lab at the University of California, Merced, has catapulted the campus to the leading edge of the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) field, and now the campus has been chosen as the new hub for UC systemwide policies, procedures and training protocols.

Climate Feedback is bringing together scientists from around the world to sort fact from fiction in mainstream media coverage of climate change, helping the public know which climate news to trust. We also provide feedback for journalists and editors to help improve their accuracy and...

2015 was remarkable for UC Merced in many ways. Look back with us at our growth, our discoveries, our celebrations and more.

After 10 weeks of competition — including a wild flurry of activity at the end — UC Merced placed second in the University of California’s first-ever Cool Campus Challenge.

Dear SNRI colleagues & friends, This has been another important year for the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. The impact of the work being done by researchers and faculty across the disciplines of SNRI – is confirmed by several indicators...

Science Cafés are events that take place in casual settings such as pubs and coffeehouses, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic.

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.