Ecological Research Facilities

Greenhouse
The School of Biological Sciences maintains over 10,000 square feet of greenhouse space available for research use on the main campus. Space is compartmentalized permitting maintenance of different temperature regimes. All rooms are equipped with evaporative coolers and deionized water. A lathhouse adjacent to the greenhouse is available for research plants requiring cooler winter temperatures. Common-use laboratory space is available for all activities in support of greenhouse research.

Arboretum
The UCI Arboretum is a 14-acre garden and research facility located on the north campus, approximately one mile from the main campus. The Arboretum features extensive collections of South African plants, a native plant collection, and space available for faculty and graduate student experimentation.The UCI Arboretum is located just south of the corner of Campus Drive and Jamboree Road on the UCI North Campus. The Arboretum's regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ecological Reserve
The Ecological Reserve on the UCI main campus is approximately 60 acres in size, and consists of patches of coastal sage scrub surrounded by grasslands. A number of endangered or threatened plant and animal species are found in the Preserve, which is used extensively for teaching and research. Research projects have included studies of the long-term population dynamics of the California Gnatcatcher, an endangered bird species, genetic variability in the multi-stemmed
Dudleya, a threatened plant species, and an analysis of the reproductive system of bladderpods (Isomeris arborea), a coastal sage scrub species common in the Reserve. The grassland is largely alien in composition, although native bunchgrasses and native nongrass species are common in some areas.

The Park and Marine Research Facility

The Park and Marin Research Facility is a modified cottage within the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District and is available for use by researchers conducting approved projects within the Park. The cottage has been restored and renovated for modern scientific research, while simultaneously preserving the structure, design and look of the historic cottage. It has ample electric power and high-speed internet connectivity. It has four rooms, including one for dry bench research, an aquarium and wet bench facility, a library/study room, and a room for data analysis and interpretation. It also contains a kitchen, two bathrooms, and lockable storage facilities. Seawater is piped into the aquarium room. On its back deck, there is a fresh water shower and stationary sink. Its front deck is equipped with a weather station. The facility is handicapped accessible.

The Center for Environmental Biology

The CEB in the School of Biological Sciences was established in March 2010 to facilitate research, education, and outreach in biological science to help develop innovative new solutions to environmental problems. A core mission of CEB is to link academic research and education with ecosystem management and stewardship of natural resources.

Stable Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry Facility

The UC Irvine IRMS Facility in the School of Physical Sciences and the School of Biological Sciences houses a variety of instrumentation to prepare and analyze gases, organic matter, inorganic samples, and water for stable isotope analysis. IRMS are used to measure the ratio of rare, heavy isotopes to common, light isotopes. There are five IRMS at UC Irvine to measure stable isotope ratios of the light elements: Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen, and Hydrogen. The facility is located in the Department of Earth System Science.

Mass Spectrometry Facility

The MS Facility in the Department of Chemistry provides analytical services on a wide variety of mass spec platforms. Open Access is granted to registered users for many of these instruments. MS Facility Staff provide additional support and guidance for more complex methologies, instrumentation and data analysis.