- Population biology of the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard, a federally threatened species.
- Long-term monitoring of rodent community composition and abundance.
- Nematode ecology and soil carbon flux.
- Physiology of succulents.
- Hybridization of quail species.
- Climate change monitoring and analysis.
Special Research of National Significance
- Optical Fiber Infrasound Sensor (OFIS).
- Physiological, Demographic, Competitive and Biogeochemical Controls on the Response of California’s Ecosystems to Environmental Change.
- Climate change impacts to California ecosystems.
Mayhew Graduate Research Award for Boyd Deep Canyon
The Mayhew Graduate Research Award is available to graduate students conducting research at Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center. One or more grants of up to $4,200 are awarded by the review panel. The competition is open to all graduate students, not just those enrolled at the University of California, but preference will be given to those enrolled at the University of California and California State University. As Boyd Deep Canyon is a gateway reserve, research projects that are headquartered at the reserve but conducted off site also will be considered.
Site visits by university courses in ornithology, ecology, botany, plant physiological ecology, biology of ants, conservation biology, cactus and succulents, and others.