Past Locations



FBQ students have the opportunity to experience doing field research in a wide variety of settings, from domestic to international, and in habitats including marine, desert, savannah, and rainforest. Internationally, student research is facilitated by infrastructure supplied by local research stations. Domestically, FBQ takes advantage of the University of California's extensive network of reserves. Some of the sites are highlighted below.



Past locations of the Field Biology Quarter include:

  • Fowlers Gap research station in New South Wales, Australia
  • University of California Bodega Marine Laboratory, Bodega Bay, California
  • Sonoran Desert and the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab
  • Jervis Bay, Australia
  • Santa Cruz Island/Granite Mountains
  • Mpala Research Centre Ranch and Conservancy, Kenya
  • Mojave Desert / Nicaragua
  • Granite Mountains/Santa Cruz Island
  • Lameshur Bay, St John US Virgin Islands
  • Neotropical Rainforest - Central or South America
  • Lameshur Bay, St. John US Virgin Islands
  • Kibale, Uganda
  • Refugio Bartola, Nicaragua
  • Local - James Reserve in the San Jacinto Mountains and Santa Cruz Island
  • University of Belize - Calabash Caye Field/Marine Station
  • African Rainforest
  • Wrigley Marine Science Center - Catalina Island
  • Moorea, French Polynesia - UC Gump Field Station
  • Lowland Caribbean Rainforest, Nicaragua
  • Queensland, Australia
  • California Research Locations
  • Cocha Cashu Biological Station, Manú National Park, Peru
  • Tiputini Biodiversity Station, Ecuador
  • Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve


The FBQ was an absolutely incredible experience. We had the opportunity to work in beautiful sites around Jervis Bay, Australia, learn about the local Aboriginal culture, see first-hand the spectacular native wildlife (echidnas and platypuses!)...By devoting an entire quarter to research, we were able to get a solid understanding of all of the major elements of field work...Such a thorough understanding would not have been possible in a typical classroom or laboratory setting.

Genevieve Erwin, Australia FBQ