UC Natural Reserve System Symposium 2020 announced

The world’s largest university-administered reserve system will hold a symposium this fall to commemorate 55 years of field research and teaching.
By By Kathleen Wong | UC Natural Reserve System |


The world’s largest university-administered reserve system will hold a symposium this fall to commemorate 55 years of field research and teaching. The UC Natural Reserve System Symposium, to be held in Berkeley from November 12–13, 2020, will feature more than three dozen talks showcasing research, immersive field education, and public service conducted across the NRS. A poster session will showcase even more research and teaching activities, while field trips will enable attendees to experience reserves for themselves.

“The Symposium will highlight the 55 years of groundbreaking work done at our network of field stations, research centers, and partner reserves,” says Peggy Fiedler, executive director of the NRS. “We look forward to demonstrating the extraordinary contributions our reserves have made to California and the world.”

Learn more at the UC Natural Reserve System Symposium homepage, where you can enter your email to receive additional notifications about the Symposium, including when registration opens.



  • The role of field stations in science
  • Monitoring the ecological heartbeat of California with drones
  • Winged dynasties: a 50+-year study of acorn woodpeckers
  • Tracing the origins of streams
  • Launching careers in field research
  • Using AI to analyze trail camera images
  • Sudden oak death in Big Sur
  • Repelling Argentine ants from Santa Cruz Island
  • How reserves connect schoolchildren with nature
  • Conserving the California tiger salamander
  • Poster session



UC Natural Reserve System Symposium

Blue Oak Ranch Reserve, located on the slopes of Mount Hamilton, will be the site of one UC Natural Reserve System Symposium field trips. Image: Lobsang Wangdu/NRS



Reserve field trips

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for field trips to nearby NRS reserves. Locations include Año Nuevo Island Reserve on the San Mateo Coast, Blue Oak Ranch Reserve on Mount Hamilton in San Jose, Bodega Marine Reserve on the Sonoma Coast, and Point Reyes Field Station at Point Reyes National Seashore. Each trip will include a guided tour, lunch, and bus transportation to and from the reserve. Available to attendees at a modest additional cost, all field trips will be held Saturday, November 14.

About the UC Natural Reserve System

The 41 reserves of the NRS include most major habitats in California, from deserts to mountaintops to coastal shorelines and oak woodlands. Some reserves are on land owned by the University; others are operated in conjunction with parks or private landowners. Each is managed by one of the nine general UC campuses.

Founded in 1965, the NRS was established to ensure the exceptionally diverse natural environments of California remain available for research and teaching into perpetuity.

Conference location

The conference will be held at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley. Named in honor of the environmentalist and founding president of the Sierra Club, the center is a green building with a LEED Platinum rating. The Brower Center is adjacent to UC Berkeley and easily accessible via public transit.





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