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UC Davis Natural Reserve System

UC Davis Natural Reserve System

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University of California, Davis
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Davis, CA 95616

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Featured Classes - Bodega Marine Reserve

REU student at her study site in Bodega Harbor.

REU student at her study site in Bodega Harbor.

2008 REU students on BML’s research vessel.

2008 REU students on BML’s research vessel.

Susan Williams and Eric Sanford,
Bodega Marine Laboratory/Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis

REU Site: Marine Science Investigations at Bodega Marine Laboratory, with Emphases on Scientific Communication and Ethics

UC Davis reserves are places of inspiration for training the next generation of scientists, providing unique motivational learning experiences unavailable in classroom settings. By combining access to the Bodega Marine Reserve with mentorship of on-site BML faculty and their students, the NSF-funded Research-Experiences-for-Undergraduates Program has created a highly-successful hands-on research training experience for undergraduates.

Each summer, we recruit 8 undergraduates, half of whom belong to racial or ethnic groups underrepresented in marine sciences, from universities throughout the nation to come to BML/BMR and conduct their own research. Through daily individual mentoring, supportive group enrichment activities, and training modules, students formulate a question, prepare a research plan, and complete an independent research project which they present to both scientific and public audiences. Project topics vary widely and include climate change, coastal oceanography, invasive species ecology, toxicology, and biodiversity.

Our 38 students to date have made a lasting impression on the BML community with their enthusiasm and fresh approaches to science. Especially exciting has been their continued interest in research after they leave our program. Their achievements include 25 scientific publications and journal submissions, 3 honors theses, and 1 senior thesis. For their efforts, they have received, 8 awards, 2 baccalaureate degrees with honors (one with distinction), and 1 double honors degree with distinction (1 of 3600 graduates). Fourteen have gone on to research or education positions, internships and Ph.D. programs.

For more information visit: http://www.bml.ucdavis.edu/student-info/researchexp.html