A diverse land-and-sea site, the Bodega Marine Reserve straddles a peninsula of coastal granite thought to have been displaced hundreds of miles northward along the San Andreas Fault. The reserve encompasses a broad range of upland, wetland, and marine habitats, including coastal scrub, coastal prairie, freshwater and salt marsh, active and stabilized dunes, harbor tidal flats, exposed and protected sandy beaches, and rocky shore with rich intertidal habitats. These diverse habitats support a wide variety of flora and fauna, including numerous migratory shorebirds, intertidal invertebrates, coastal bluff plants, and marine algae. Located on site, the UC Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML) provides cutting-edge research facilities and an extensive database for reserve researchers. Adjoining the reserve is the Bodega Marine Life Refuge, established by the California Department of Fish and Game, which extends 300 meters (1,000 feet) offshore and protects important marine habitats.
Through a mentorship program, high-school students learn field techniques and pursue individual projects; field trips for thousands of local elementary school students are hosted annually.
The 1993 discovery of a single plant of showy Indian clover, previously considered extinct, led to a successful propagation program and reintroduction experiments.
High reserve use by university courses in a wide range of disciplines, including marine and terrestrial ecology, botany, ichthyology, invertebrate zoology, entomology, and research diving.
Physical influences on urchin and crab larval settlement and transport.
Soil nutrients, herbivores, and coastal grassland community dynamics.
Effects of invasive green crabs on shorebird populations and native invertebrates.
Effects of pathogens on native and introduced clovers.
Magnetic field detection in sharks and rays.
Effects of local adaptation in grasses on ecological restoration.
Special Research of National Significance
Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans: http://www.piscoweb.org