Western Ecological Research Center

About

The Western Ecological Research Center (WERC) is a USGS science center serving primarily California and Nevada — the most ecologically diverse geographic region in the U.S. Click on the links below to learn more about our mission and research.

WERC USGS hat in Santa Cruz

The Western Ecological Research Center provides its clients and partners with the research, scientific understanding, and technology needed to support sound management of California and Nevada ecosystems.

National Biological Survey/Service logo

History of the Western Ecological Research Center (WERC)

A photo of USGS Western Ecological Research Center's Director, A. Keith Miles.

The USGS Western Ecological Research Center’s (WERC) strengths reside in the capability, integrity, and dedication of its scientists, and their operational distribution to where needed throughout the region.