MBRS researchers collaborate with researchers at other regional institutions to complement efforts at UC Santa Cruz. Examples of the multidisciplinary research projects in progress and under development include:
Monterey Bay Fisheries - Environment, Ecology, Economy
Investigation of the genetics, population dynamics, habitat characteristics, and human use of economically and ecologically important groups of species found in abundance along the central California coast. This work intersects that of researchers at Hopkins Marine Station and the Monterey and Tiburon National Marine Fisheries Service research stations.
Ecological Dynamics and Land Issues at Fort Ord
Study and protection of rare and endangered species in the Monterey Bay Maritime Chaparral, an endemic plant community centered at Fort Ord (military base conversion site). This project includes the larger-scale program of evaluating effects of disturbance along the maritime gradient in relation to the ecological dynamics of land use and management.
Agriculture and Conservation Issues in Elkhorn Slough
Integrated investigations of the conservation, habitat restoration, and agroecological issues facing Elkhorn Slough. As one of the few major wetlands remaining on the central California coast, Elkhorn Slough, a National Marine Estuarine Research Reserve, has significant ecological importance. UCSC researchers from MBRS and the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems are working with the larger research community active in the slough- the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, Hopkins Marine Station, the Elkhorn Slough Foundation, and the Nature Conservancy.