Field Sites Available for Research
UC Natural Reserve System
The UC NRS is a network of 35 protected natural areas with on-site research facilities throughout the state of California. Their mission is to support university-level teaching, research, and public service, while contributing to the understanding and wise management of the Earth.
Organization for Tropical Studies
The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) is a non-profit consortium that has grown to include 63 universities and research institutions from the United States, Latin America and Australia. In the early 1960's, scientists from U.S. universities forged working relationships with colleagues at the Universidad de Costa Rica in the interest of strengthening education and research in tropical biology. Intense interest both in the U.S. and Costa Rica led to the founding of OTS in 1963. OTS was founded to provide leadership in education, research and the responsible use of natural resources in the tropics. To address this mission, OTS conducts graduate and undergraduate education, facilitates research, participates in tropical forest conservation, maintains three biological stations in Costa Rica and conducts environmental education programs. UC Irvine is a member institution of OTS.
San Joaquin Fresh Marsh
The San Joaquin Fresh Marsh is part of the UC Natural Reserve System. It is located between the UCI Arboretum on North Campus and the main UCI Campus. The marsh is part of a natural corridor along San Diego Creek. This area is home to the California gnatcatcher and is adjacent to the Newport Back Bay.
Burns Pinyon Reserve
The Burns Pinon Ridge Reserve is part of the UC Natural Reserve System. It lies at the westernmost edge of the Mojave Desert, where Joshua trees give way to the pinons and junipers of higher elevations. To the west, the peaks of the San Bernardino Mountains cast a rain-shadow over this boulder-strewn land.
Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center
The Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center, housed in a former country club, is located adjacent to the park in the town of Borrego Springs. An agreement with Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the Anza-Borrego Foundation makes the park available to reserve users.
Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory
RMBL, located in Gothic Colorado, is a non-profit institution offering research and educational facilities at a remote field station high in the Rocky Mountains.  The Lab is open to researchers from all institutions, and is utilized by UCI faculty and graduate students.