From the forests of Tuscany, Italy, to the shores of a San Diego reservoir, Professor Marc Beutel is hunting mercury. Beutel, one of the newest professors in the UC Merced School of Engineering, has two summer projects to keep him busy this year.

Don’t be surprised if, as the warmer weather kicks in, you continue to see green lawns at UC Merced. Maintenance crews are not using more water to keep the quad lush. In fact, they are using less.

The SNRS has moved to a new website. The website now has many new pages and much information that should be valuable to the public and potential researchers.

UC Merced has selected Plenary Properties Merced to develop the 2020 Project, an ambitious plan to nearly double the physical capacity of campus within the next four years. Plenary’s proposal blends beautifully with our existing facilities while meeting our future needs.

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...

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.