Western Ecological Research Center


Click on the articles below to read about the latest WERC scientific discoveries.

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Date published: October 10, 2019

New USGS research on 21st century California wildfires examines drivers of fire behavior and structure losses

Two new publications underscore the role of wind in destructive California wildfires

Date published: August 8, 2019

USGS WERC researcher wins award for reptile and amphibian conservation

SAN DIEGO—Dr. Robert Fisher wins Herpetological Conservation Award

Date published: July 18, 2019

What’s it like to be a tree in California today? WERC forest ecologist weighs in (Mashable)

Dr. Nate Stephenson says the rules are changing for Sierra Nevada trees

Date published: June 24, 2019

WERC scientists find that threatened snakes depend on agriculture (TWS Wildlife News)

SACRAMENTO – A new study shows how giant gartersnakes use Central Valley rice fields

Date published: June 12, 2019

Research spotlight: ducklings leave nests in early morning, suggesting predator avoidance

Videos taken at duck nests reveal timing of duckling hatching and nest departure--and predators

Date published: April 23, 2019

Salamander surveys by WERC scientists help monitor fungal threat (US Fish and Wildlife Pacific Southwest Highlights)

SAN DIEGO – WERC scientists find salamanders, test for deadly chytrid disease

Date published: April 11, 2019

WERC Scientists Combine Bird Calls and Artificial Intelligence to Keep Tabs on the Elusive Ashy-Storm Petrel (Audubon magazine)

CALIFORNIA COAST – Artificial intelligence and acoustic sensors help scientists monitor seabirds

Date published: April 10, 2019

Burrowing owls and horned lizards thrive in ecological hot spot next to Los Angeles airport (Los Angeles Times)

LOS ANGELES -- WERC Researchers study lizards and owls at the LAX Dunes preserve

Date published: March 4, 2019

Genetics study reveals good news for the southern California population of the California gnatcatcher

Results of a recent study by WERC scientists are providing helpful information to resource managers as they work to protect important habitat.

Date published: December 21, 2018

It Takes Collaboration!

Cloud Forest restoration gallery exhibit on display at the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center.

Date published: October 26, 2018

A Unified Research Strategy for Disease Management

As wildlife diseases increase globally, an understanding of host-pathogen relationships can elucidate avenues for management and improve conservation efficacy. Amphibians are among the most threatened groups of wildlife, and disease is a major factor in global amphibian declines.