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 a period of personal growth for me. For me, it was the first time in a tropical rainforest without the luxuries of technology or heated water. I faced a lot of fears: my fear of insects in particular, of getting dirty, and of the dark. I came back to the U.S. with a sense of accomplishment and confidence, knowing that I had seen things that many people would never see in their lifetime.

Menemsha Alloush Nicaragua FBQ