Each year, thousands of scientists from around the world conduct field research in the protected landscapes of the Natural Reserve System. The NRS draws investigators for many reasons. This network of natural landscapes represents a living library of California’s diverse ecosystems. Reserve lands are protected for the long term, enabling researchers to conduct experiments without fear of the land or their equipment being disturbed. Data archives enable scientists to build on decades of previous research. Overnight accommodations, laboratories, reference collections, Internet access, and other amenities make field work more comfortable and productive.
Recipients of the NRS's Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant present their work to peers at this biennial symposium held at an NRS reserve. The grants support University of California graduate students conducting research at one or more reserves in the NRS network.
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