Sierra Nevada Research Institute
From the microbes in the guts of living things to the idea of life elsewhere in the universe, Professor Marilyn Fogel is pondering some of life’s deepest questions.
When and how did life originate on Earth? What does the future hold for our planet? Are we alone in the universe?
“When you go back through time, there are bits and scraps of life everywhere,” Fogel said. “It’s ubiquitous.”
Many universities offer the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, but they don’t have what UC Merced has to offer.
“Yosemite really draws people in,” said Professor Stephen Hart, one of the REU program leaders. “Other REUs might take students into the field, but not into a national park.”
The theory that temperature limits how far up in the mountains trees can grow looks like it’s true, but not in the way researchers had expected.
Working with Professor Lara Kueppers, UC Merced postdoctoral researcher Andrew Moyes’ examination of how warmer temperatures affect alpine-area trees has been published in the international journal Oecologia.
Researchers at the university in your backyard are delving into issues of great importance to the San Joaquin Valley, the state, the nation and the world.
You can learn more about their work at the eighth annual UC Merced Research Week, from March 4 through 8, on campus and in downtown Merced.
Research at UC Merced encompasses cancer; diabetes; climate change; water, soil and air quality; water availability; nanotechnology and robotics; history; mapping; archaeology; human genes; and much, much more.
Professor Carolin Frank is concerned with the inner lives of trees.
She looks inside them to see whether microbes are part of – and perhaps even critical to – life functions such as growth.
Graduate student Kaitlin Lubetkin and several sure-footed assistants spent much of the summer in Yosemite National Park.
MERCED, Calif. — The effort to create a natural reserve out of nearly 6,000 acres adjacent to UC Merced has been jump-started by the hiring of two people to share the management duties.
MERCED, Calif. — California isn’t going to face a superstorm like Hurricane Sandy because the Pacific Ocean is too cold to feed that kind of weather system.
But that doesn’t mean California won’t see extreme weather, say researchers from the University of California, Merced.
From the white, sugary sands of Hawaii to the white, powdery slopes of the Sierra Nevada, Natural Sciences Professor Stephen Hart has his eye on climate change.
MERCED, Calif. — Researchers at UC Merced are taking an important step toward a statewide water-monitoring system by installing wireless sensors across the American River basin.
The system, which is also being used in the Sierra Nevada, is designed to give continuous information about how much water is available to users, and could go live online at the beginning of 2013.