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Ecologically Related Research Centers at UC Berkeley
Center for the Assessment and Monitoring of Forest and Environmental Resources (CAMFER)
CAMFER is dedicated to providing innovative, state-of-the-art monitoring of environment using geospatial technologies (GIS, GPS and Remote Sensing). CAMFER research and outreach staff conduct studies in wetland monitoring and modeling, atmospheric emissions, forest biometrics, and watershed modeling, among other topics.
California Biodiversity Center (CBC)
The California Biodiversity Center (CBC) fosters collaborations between the Berkeley Natural History Museums, Berkeley's Natural History Field Stations, and other partners studying changes in California's biological diversity, past, present, and future.
Center for Sustainable Resource Development The mission of the CSRD is to provide science-based leadership in the identification and implementation of sustainable development strategies, that effectively balances concerns for efficiency, environmental conservation and social equity.
Center for Biological Control The Center for Biological Control at the University of California-Berkeley, facilitates the implementation of biological control through research, training and extension programs, supports meetings and workshops for intellectual discussion, and provides a structure for the development of interagency cooperation for biological control activities.
Integrated Hardwood Range Management Program (IHRMP) IHRMP was established in 1986 to ensure sustainability of the State's 10 million acres of hardwood rangelands. Its mission is to maintain, and where possible, increase acreage of California's hardwood range resources to provide wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, wood and livestock products, high quality water supply, and aesthetic value.
California Oak Mortality Task Force (COMTF) The California Oak Mortality Task Force (COMTF) focuses on the plant pathogen Phytophthora ramorum, which can have devastating effects in the wildlands it inhabits and has had substantial impacts on the nursery industry internationally.
Center for Forestry The Mission of the Center for Forestry is to sustain forested ecosystems through scientific inquiry. Our approach is comprehensive. We seek to create and disseminate knowledge concerning ecosystem processes, human interactions and value systems, and restoration and operational management practices.

Energy and Resources Group (ERG)

The Energy and Resources Group (ERG) is an interdisciplinary academic unit of the University of California at Berkeley, conducting programs of graduate teaching and research that treat issues of energy, resources, development, human and biological diversity, environmental justice, governance, global climate change and new approaches to thinking about economics and consumption.
Center for Fire Research and Outreach The goal of the Center is to serve as a focal point for science-based solutions to fire-related challenges.
Shared Facilities for Ecologists
Biological Imaging Facility The Facility functions as an instructional and research facility for all aspects of modern light microscopy including confocal microscopy, deconvolution microscopy, computer image processing and analysis, fluorescence in situ hybridization, immunolocalization, and most other microscope techniques applicable to developmental biology.

Geographic Information Science Center (GISC) The fundamental mission of the center is to raise the level of GIS expertise on the entire campus and to stimulate cross disciplinary education, research, and cooperation using these technologies.
Geospatial Imaging and Informatics Facility  The Geospatial Imaging and Informatics Facility supports research & outreach activities of those interested in geospatial analysis utilizing remote sensing,Geographical Information Systems, spatial analysis, landscape ecology, visualization, and Global Positioning Systems technology.
Center for Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry This state of art Mass Spectrometry facility provides the campus and wider community with stable isotope analysis of gaseous, liquid and solid samples.
Scientific Visualization Center Located in the Valley Life Sciences Building, the Scientific Visualization Center (SVC) provides the campus community, primarily faculty and students in the Department of Integrative Biology, the resources to explore the motion and morphology of life in all its many forms using computer and video imaging.
MVZ's Laboratory for evolutionary genetics Many researchers in the MVZ are collecting genetic data to untangle evolutionary history and/or to test behavioral hypotheses. The Museum and Department of Integrative Biology maintain a state-of-the-art shared genetics lab, occupying several rooms on the 4th floor of the VLSB. The lab is equipped for DNA extraction, PCR amplification, agarose gel electrophoresis, allozyme electrophoresis, DNA sequencing, microsatellite development and screening, AFLP screening, library construction, cloning, and preliminary data analysis.

Electron Microscope Laboratory The Electron Microscope Laboratory (EML) is located in 26 Giannini Hall in the North basement. The EML is an instruction and research unit of the College of Letters and Sciences, providing EM services to the Berkeley campus and the academic community at large.
Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resources Library The Library at UC Berkeley contains one of the finest research collections in the country. The Library consists of Doe Library, the Bancroft Library, Moffitt Library, and more than 20 subject specialty libraries serving a variety of academic disciplines. The Marian Koshland Bioscience and Natural Resource Library is house in the Valley Life Sciences Building and is one of the largest subject specialty libraries on the Berkeley campus with over 542,000 volumes.
Water Resources Center Archives The Water Resources Center Archives (WRCA) collects, preserves and provides access to historical and contemporary water-related materials that support the instructional and research programs of the University of California and the needs of the people of the State.
Glasshouses, Insectary & Quarantine Facility The Oxford Tract, just across the road from the main UC Berkeley campus, encompasses an area which houses the North greenhouse facility, South Greenhouse Facility, Natural resource Laboratory, Insectary Greenhouse, Insectary, 1.5 acres of open field planting space and an instructional garden classroom. The Insectary and Quarantine facility provides insect-rearing support and quarantine facilities for experiments with non-natives.
Ecological Seminars
  • Ecolunch (weekly)
  • Wildlife and Conservation Biology Seminar (weekly)
  • Integrative Biology Departmental Seminars (up to twice weekly)
  • Environmental Science policy and Management Departmental Seminar (weekly)
  • Energy and Resources Group colloqium (weekly)
  • Animal Behavior Lunch (weekly)
  • Berkeley Workshop on Environmental Politics (monthly)
  • MVZ Lunch seminar in evolutionary Biology (weekly)
The richness and depth of the ecology research at Berkeley is shown by the sheer wealth of seminar series on campus. A weekly compilation of talks on ecology, evolution and environmental science topics is maintained by the California Biodiversity Center here.
Funding sources
Mathias Grant Program
Intended for graduate students, the annual Mathias grant competition is announced in September (closes in mid-October), and awards are determined by mid-December. The maximum award is $2,500, with a total of $30,000 to be awarded overall each year. To request a copy of the requirements and procedures as well as the application, contact the NRS systemwide office at (510) 987-0159 or by e-mail.