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Beginning in 1965, the UC Natural Reserve System (NRS) started to assemble, for scientific study, a system of protected sites that would broadly represent California's rich ecological diversity. By creating this system of outdoor classrooms and laboratories and making it available specifically for long-term study, the NRS supports a variety of disciplines that require field work in wildland ecosystems. For nearly forty years, the NRS has made relatively undisturbed samples of the state's natural ecosystems and the facilities needed to support teaching and research available not only to students, teachers, and researchers from the University of California, but to any qualified user from any institution, public or private, throughout the world. While other colleges and universities may have one or more sites for fieldwork, none can match the size, scope, and ecological diversity of the NRS. The NRS is the largest university-operated system of natural reserves in the world.

Cover page of Transect

Transect

(2010)

Within this issue:

Tenth campus UC Merced stewards its first NRS site

A few words from the director of the NRS

California tiger salamanders: The secret life story of a threatened species revealed by NRS researchers

Documenting a fossorial lifestyle

Endangered frog released in native habitat at NRS site

New leadership called to serve at NRS systemwide

Cover page of Transect 22:2 (summer 2004)

Transect 22:2 (summer 2004)

(2007)

IN THIS ISSUE OF TRANSECT

- (feature article) Sagehen Creek Field Station Becomes the 35th NRS Reserve!

- Sagehen Brings a Half Century of History — and Scientific Data — to the UC Reserve System

- The Leopold Years (1965-1978) and Beyond — Sagehen Hits Its Stride after Starker Takes Charge

- Sagehen Hosts Two Generations of "Bug Boot Camp"

- The Fall — How Sagehen Very Nearly Didn't Survive the 1990s

- Recovery and Renaissance — How Sagehen Was Saved (Largely through First-Rate Management and Administration) and So Lived On to Join the Reserve System

- "Portfolio of Reserves" Available to Sagehen-Based Scientist

Cover page of Transect 24:1 (spring 2006)

Transect 24:1 (spring 2006)

(2007)

IN THIS ISSUE OF TRANSECT

- (feature article) Helping Endangered Species to Keep Their Footing on the Slippery Slope of the Genetic Bottleneck

- New Study Suggests One Way to Control Invasive Ants

- California Beetles Go Online

- Chumash Summer Camp at Sedgwick Reserve Realizing Long-Held Dream of Cultural Revival

- NRS Wraps Another Successful Mathias Symposium at Bodega Marine Reserve

- Gold Company's Million-Dollar Endowment Improves Daily Life at McLaughlin Reserve

- UC Researcher Perishes in an Attempt to Rescue Two Colleagues

- Sagehen Creek Field Station Oral Histories Available Online

Cover page of Transect 21:2 (fall 2003)

Transect 21:2 (fall 2003)

(2007)

IN THIS ISSUE OF TRANSECT

- (feature article) Man Meets Mollusk and Learns: Size Does Matter — Even in the Intertidal Zone

- Scientists at NRS Coastal Sites (Tide)Pool Their Knowledge

- Well-Mentored, Hands-On Training at Bodega Marine Reserve Gets Careers Started

- NRS Reserve Manager Gives His Expertise to Naming State's Marine Managed Areas

- National Areas Association Honors NRS Managers with Both Its 2003 Annual Awards

Cover page of Transect 23:1 (spring 2005)

Transect 23:1 (spring 2005)

(2007)

IN THIS ISSUE OF TRANSECT

- (feature article) Of Mice and (Wo)Men — Retirement Just Means More Time for Research

- Ultrasonic Mouse-Talk Discovered at Hastings

- Young Readers in L.A. Learn Science through Art

- Bodega Algae Become Art

- Director of Motte, Emerson, and Box Spring Retires

- 2004-05 Mathias Winners

Cover page of Transect 24:2 (winter 2006)

Transect 24:2 (winter 2006)

(2007)

IN THIS ISSUE OF TRANSECT

- (feature article) Improved Strategies and Technology for Designing Natural Reserves Promise Greater System Biodiversity

o (Sidebar) PISCO and the MLPA

o (Sidebar) The NRS Role in California's Protected Environments

- Dedication Ceremony for Sagehen Experimental Forest Links UC Reserve System with Nationwide Network

- Wide Range of UC Classes Take to The Wild - With Meaningful Results

- New Director at Sedgwick Reserve Bears Watching

- NRS Announces 2006-07 Grad Student Grant Winners

Cover page of Transect 22:1 (spring 2004)

Transect 22:1 (spring 2004)

(2007)

IN THIS ISSUE OF TRANSECT

- (feature article) (Field) Notes from Underground Reveal the True Nature and Extent of Flora-Fungi Relations

- The Upper Crust Surviving Nicely at NRS Desert Site

- A Search for Hans Jenny Awakens New Appreciation for the Legacy of This World-Class Soil Scientist

- Old-Growth Reserve Plans New-Growth Future

- The Bad News — and Good News — about Elliott Reserve

- Remote Reserve Set to Welcome New On-Site Manager

- NRS Desert Reserve Celebrates Its First Quarter of a Century and an NRS Elder

- Frank Pitelka, Distinguished Ecologist and Longtime NRS Scientist, Academic, and Administrator, Dies At 87 (Clark Kerr, Legendary UC President and NRS Visionary, Dies at 92)

- UC Reserve System Premieres on UC TV Channel

Cover page of Transect 23:2 (autumn 2005)

Transect 23:2 (autumn 2005)

(2007)

IN THIS ISSUE OF TRANSECT

- (feature article) New Laser-Mapping Technology Enables "Aerial Groundtruthing"

- Marine biologist Dan Costa at the TOPP of His Game

- Teens Learn Leadership and Literacy in the Sierras at Sagehen Creek Field Station

- Kids Star in Bug Video Produced at Valentine Reserve

- Sedgwick Reserve Celebrates New All-Green Science Center

Cover page of Transect 21:1 (spring 2003)

Transect 21:1 (spring 2003)

(2003)

IN THIS ISSUE OF TRANSECT

- (feature article) Bushwhacking 101 Offers New Take on Age-old Environmental Problems

- When Nature Meets Culture -- Communication Happens

- Marsh Inspires Unlimited Projects and New Perspectives

- Norris Field Quarter Legacy at UCSC Lives On

- Kids in Nature Program Takes Grade-Schoolers Inside the Out-of-Doors

Cover page of Transect 20:3 (winter 2002)

Transect 20:3 (winter 2002)

(2002)

IN THIS ISSUE OF TRANSECT

- (feature article) Microbial Observatories Reveal Lively Little-Known Worlds Beneath the Surfaces of Land and Lake

- Innovative Nesting Program at Coal Oil Point Reserve Proves Great Success

- Stunt Ranch Reserve Looks Forward to New Facilities

- Field Course Students from Minnesota Discover California Ecology at NRS Reserves