Research at Body Deep Canyon


Selected Research

  • 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.
Dr. Christopher Tracy
Dr. Christopher Tracy tracking desert tortoise

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.

Reserve Bibliographic Data


Reserve DOI  –   doi:10.21973/N3V66D

Each reserve has a Digital Object Identifier number assigned to it. NRS Acknowledgment Format To ensure that the University of California and the Natural Reserve System are properly acknowledged, the Universitywide NRS Advisory Committee approved the following acknowledgments to be included in all publications, theses, reports, etc. that benefit from use of NRS sites or research support. This notice regarding acknowledgment should be distributed to all users. Format for Acknowledgments in Publications or Reports of Work Performed at UC NRS Sites or Using Such Sites as a Base: This work was performed (in part) at the University of California Natural Reserve System (Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center) Reserve DOI: (doi:10.21973/N3V66D. We encourage you to add the reserves’s DOI# in any publications resulting from research at that reserve. Having the reserve’s DOI as part of the searchable text assist the public and the NRS find publications resulting from research done on our reserves.

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 $1,500 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.

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Site visits by university courses in ornithology, ecology, botany, plant physiological ecology, biology of ants, conservation biology, cactus and succulents, and others.