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Established to conduct research on the effects of contaminants on wildlife in the region of the San Francisco Bay-Delta and Central Valley of California, the Davis Field Station now has studies from the Alaskan coast to the Mexican border and from the Sierra Nevada to the Pacific Ocean. The field station maintains emphasis on contaminant issues but has expanded its capabilities to include landscape-scale aquatic and terrestrial ecology.

WERC scientists conducting field work
Photo taken by Sarah Spring, USGS WERC

Located on the campus of the University of California, Davis (UCD), the field station includes USGS biologists, university students, and UCD faculty in its research efforts. This location facilitates collaboration with state and federal agencies in the state capital of Sacramento, 15 miles east, as well as throughout the State of California. Biologists at the Davis Field Station assist or cooperate with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and other federal, state, and local client agencies that include the California Bay Delta Authority, California Coastal Conservancy, and California Department of Fish and Game.

The principal investigators, biologists, and technical staff at the Davis Field Station are currently conducting research to determine: ecological risk of contaminants on wildlife at the San Francisco Bay-Delta, Central Valley, coastal California, Salton Sea, Mono Lake, and Great Salt Lake (Utah); baseline and restoration potential of wetlands at Salton Sea; and distribution, fate, and effects of contaminants on marine vertebrates in Alaska.