Nature News

Natural History Field Quarter Students watch the sunset above the fog from scenic Gamboa Point in Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve. Norris Center Director Chris Lay co-authored a paper on the California Phenology Network. The Norris Center participates in the Phenology Network, and adding its digitized herbarium specimens to the over one million plant specimens that will help measure how plant traits change over time in California.

Ringel Collection DisplayThe Norris Center is pleased to announce a funded internship for undergraduates. Earn up to $3000 helping the Norris Center design exhibits for an upcoming event. Applications are due Feb 27th.

Norris Center Blog

Conifers of California


Norris Center Student Award Winner Rikki Lougee describes creating informational plaques about the varied and wonderful conifers of California. The plaques will be on display at the UCSC Arboretum in their California Conservation Garden and Laurasian Forest.

Randy Morgan Initiative

randy smilingWe recently launched a website highlighting how we're carrying on the legacy of naturalist-extrodinaire 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 Spring 2019 at Younger Lagoon.