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.