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The mission of the Natural Reserve System is to contribute to the understanding and wise management of the Earth and its natural systems by supporting university-level teaching, research, and public service at protected natural areas throughout California.

The Philip L. Boyd Deep Canyon Research Center is a biological field station of the University of California, Riverside and the Natural Reserve System.

Established:

In 1958 as a University of California, Riverside campus reserve and in 1965 as a Natural Reserve System site.

 

Location:

Riverside County, five miles south of the City of Palm Desert; a two-hour drive from the Riverside campus; in the Colorado Subdivision of the Sonoran Desert.
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Facilities:

Two laboratories with basic equipment, herbarium, small library, housing facilities for 14 researchers, and reserve office at Boyd Center (all with wireless access); small four-bunk facility with workspace at Agave Hill; cabin on Santa Rosa Mountain (2,347 m / 7,700 ft); teaching area and campground for classes.

Databases:

Complete herbarium and synoptic collections; data from six weather stations and ongoing plant/animal monitoring; maps of various scales; reference library with extensive bibliography of on-site research.

Personnel:

Director in residence, staff biologist, facilities manager.

Size:

2,469 ha (6,100 acres) with access to the surrounding public land.

Elevation:

290 m (950 ft) at Boyd Center with access to habitats between 9 and 2,657 m (30 and 8,717 ft).

Weather:

At Boyd Center, average annual rainfall is 15 cm (6 in); average monthly temperatures range from a minimum of 10 ° C in January to a maximum of 39 ° C in July.

Grants:

Graduate Students   Mayhew Graduate Research Award for Boyd Deep Canyon

Lecture Series:

UCR Boyd Deep Canyon Lecture Series 2011-12
in partnership with UCR Palm Desert and The Living Desert
Held on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at UCR Palm Desert
This series is free and open to the public. Reservations are required.
Register online at http://palmdesert.ucr.edu/programs/events.html

 

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