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California and Nevada have some of the country's most ecologically rich and diverse area. They contain 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.

WERC is one of 16 Centers of the Ecosystems Mission Area of the U.S. Geological Survey. Unlike most of these Centers whose personnel are geographically centralized, WERC's scientists and staff are based in offices located throughout California and Nevada. This diversity in location gives the scientists an in-depth understanding of the bioregions in which they reside that enables them to quickly meet high-priority client needs.

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