research vessel on Lake Tahoe

Field Trips

The EERREC REU program includes two day-long field trips early in the summer, one to the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center or other Sierran research station, and the other to Bodega Marine Laboratory and Reserve.

We have designed these field trips to...

  • foster intra-cohort community and collaboration
  • expose trainees to major ecosystems across the Sierra-to-the-Sea transect
  • introduce them to an ecological or environmental challenge and its attendant societal implications.
White abalone
White abalone, close up and personal

For example, the field trip to Bodega Marine Laboratory will include engagement in ocean acidification research and its implications for the shellfish industry, restoration of white abalone and oysters and collaboration with state agencies, and range expansion by marine invertebrates. The trip to the Tahoe Environmental Research Center will include a discussion of long-term monitoring of the deepest lake in North America and the challenges posed by increased urbanization of the surrounding area, alpine forest ecology in the face of insect pests and fire, and aquatic invasive species.

Thus, field trips will help trainees build the intellectual foundation in interdisciplinary science needed to understand the effects of rapid environmental change in other ecosystems and landscapes, and how social, economic, cultural, and natural systems are interconnected.

We also will use field trips as a setting to introduce other key elements of the EERREC program. These might include the UC Davis Principles of Community, written in 1990 and most recently reaffirmed by campus leadership in 2015, as part of a discussion of a code of conduct and behavioral expectations of REU students, or training in science communication,.