The Environmental Analytical Laboratory (EAL), located on the UC Merced campus, is a centralized facility. It provides analyses of a wide variety of environmental materials—including water, soil, and biological samples—for major and trace elements, selected chemical species and nutrients, and organic compounds.

Park leaders took part in UC Merced's second National Parks Institute Executive Leadership Seminar at which they discussed effective leadership training for stewarding the world's natural and cultural heritage.

Scientists in UC Merced's Sierra Nevada Research Institute are conducting important research into a vital region of our state, including finding new ways of measuring the snowpack and other factors that affect the flow of water out of the mountains.

SNRI offers a range of educational programs ranging anywhere from high school involvement to executive leadership.

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.