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Following a Devastating Pandemic, California’s Sea Stars are Evolving
In 2012, Environmental Systems graduate student Lauren Schiebelhut was collecting DNA from ochre sea stars living along the Northern California coast — part of...
California's Watershed: Beyond the Brink
Drought, climate change, an aging infrastructure and growing population threaten the water California's San Joaquin Valley uses to supply most of the nation's produce and a large proportion...
YosemiteLand Has Launched!
Capital Public Radio's environmental reporter Ezra Romero launches new series   Capital Public Radio's environmental reporter Ezra Romero just launched a...
The importance of upper watershed management to California’s water supply
Click for more from the California Water Commission. With much of the state’s water supply originating in the mountains as precipitation on the forested landscape, the health and...

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The Sierra Nevada Research Institute

The Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI) was established in 2007 as the first Organized Research Unit (ORU) at UC Merced.

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 at 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 35 UC Merced faculty are members of SNRI.

Offered exclusively through UC Water, and led by Professor Joshua Viers (UC Merced), Dr. Ted Grantham (UC Berkeley), and Dr. Sarah Yarnell...