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The Western Ecological Research Center (WERC)

  The Pacific Southwest is the country's most ecologically rich and diverse area. It contains a dazzling array of habitats from below-sea-level deserts to alpine tundra to coastal mountains, seashores, and marine ecosystems. The scientists of the Western Ecological Research Center reflect the diversity of this region with expertise in a wide range of disciplines. Their capabilities fulfill the varied needs of clients and partners, from ecological research, monitoring and technology development to basic biology and modeling.


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Common Murre at Tomales Bay. --Photographer: Jonathan Felis

Common Murre associations with the Columbia River Plume and adjacent waters: The murre (pronounced “mrr-rr-rrr,” in imitation of the bird’s vocalizations) is a football-sized seabird of the auk family (Alcidae) that resembles c ...more

Clapper rail moving through the marsh at Colma Creek --Photographer: USGS

Ecology of California Clapper Rails in the San Francisco Bay/Delta Region: The California Clapper Rail (Rallus longirostris obsoletus) is a federal and state listed endangered species restricted primarily to San Francisco Bay ...more

Sample Supertree Analysis

Finding Evolutionary Hotspots in Southern California for Conservation Planning: The mission of the California State Park system is "to provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping t ...more

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