Nature News

generic giving day textAn exciting class on Natural Resource Management is being offered in the fall! Check out this description of CRSN 152, where you will learn how to do environmental monitoring, and study the impacts of a proposed water pipe on campus! 

kelp from tasmania

Three great natural history classes are being offered this fall. ENVS 19 focusing on careers in conservation, ENVS 15 the natural history of campus, and BIOE 82, an introduction to field work and conservation. None have any prerequisites, and all are open to all majors. 

Norris Center Blog

Surviving the Hunt: How Fear of Predation Influences Nocturnal Rodents in Maritime Chaparral

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Norris Center Student Award winner Nick Bergeron summarizes his work studying how small mammals at Fort Ord Natural Reserve change their behavior in response to predators. Nick laid out foraging stations for small mammals, and then played Barn Owl calls to measure how foraging behavior and distance changed in response to fear of predators. 

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

The Norris Center has been making videos for Tuesday Newsday to celebrate nature on campus! This installment featured the spring reptiles and amphibians on campus. For more information check out