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

With its unparalleled biodiversity, the rainforest is still largely unexplored and offers research opportunities even for undergraduates. I loved that feeling of discovery; when you're watching something for tenth time, but you see it in a different light and the pieces come together and you have an Eureka! moment. I remember being befuddled by this bizarre animal behavior. After days of careful observance, a solution presented itself and even more importantly we started to gather data that supported the solution. Even though it was a small discovery, I was thrilled for the remainder of the trip. Having the opportunity to discover is one of the most valuable aspect of the Field Biology Quarter.