Nature News


New course alert!! Christian Schwarz is teaching an ENVS 19 course on Citizen Science! The course is open to all majors, and there are no pre-reqiuisites. Read more here, and apply here


leptosiphon-flower.jpgRandy Morgan's manifesto on Leptosiphon parviflora was recently digitized by Stanford University. Check it out here, and learn more about Randy's other research projects on his website. (Photo copyright of Rob Vanderhoff.) 

Norris Center Blog

Acclimation temperature affects skin resistance of Southern long-toed salamander


Salamanders are amphibians with permeable skin, making them especially vulnerable to evaporative water loss, particularly as climate change advances. My project explored whether the skin resistance of Ambystoma macrodactylum sigillatum increases in response to acclimation at a higher temperature. I found that acclimation temperature has a significant impact on the value of skin resistance, but that this impact is different depending on the group.

Randy Morgan Initiative

randy smilingWe recently launched a website highlighting how we're carrying on the legacy of naturalist-extraordinaire Randall Morgan. Check out the website for more information on Randy's legacy, and the ongoing work at the Norris Center. 


UC Natural Reserve Resurvey

aerial view of younger lagoon reserveThe Norris Center and the UCSC Natural Reserves are teaming up to study our changing planet with biodiversity surveys. Read about our results from one year at Younger Lagoon.

Featured Videos

Check out the wonderful video of Norris Center Student Award winner Ellen Murphy highlighting her research on whether Sceloporus occidentalis is territorial. For more information check out