USDA Forest Service

Pacific Southwest Research Station
Pacific Southwest
Research Station

800 Buchanan Street
Albany, CA 94710-0011
(510) 883-8830
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Programs and Projects


Maintaining Faunal Diversity in Forested Ecosystems of the Coastal and Intermountain West

Maintaining Faunal Diversity in Forested Ecosystems of the Coastal and Intermountain West with its primarly location at the Redwood Sciences Laboratory in Arcata, CA, is a research unit of the Pacific Southwest Research Station, headquartered in Albany, California. The unit and research station are part of the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Our mission is to provide the information and understanding needed to sustain wildlifediversity in dynamic landscapes with multiple resource demands. Toward this goal, members of the Unitwill investigate the life histories and determine the functional roles of vertebrate species associatedwith self-sustaining and resilient riparian and late-seral environments on various spatial scales. The unit will use this information to develop efficient monitoring strategies for individual species and for more general metrics of ecosystem condition.


Herpetology (Amphibians & Reptiles) Includes the studies of the autecology and community structure of forest and riparian-associated herpetofauna in redwood and Douglas-fir/hardwood forests.

Marbled Murrelet and Landbird Monitoring Bird monitoring research in our laboratory has been an ongoing effort since wildlife research began here in 1982. In the last 20 years, approximately two million censuses, captures, and field evaluations of birds and their habitats have been conducted, primarily in northern California and southern Oregon in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion, but also in other locations in the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, as well as Costa Rica and New Zealand. We have also been a leader in research on Marbled Murrelets in both offshore foraging and onshore nesting habitats.

Carnivore Survey and Monitoring The integrity of an ecosystem may be measured by the health of its vertebrate carnivore populations. Carnivores influence the structure and reflect the vigor of trophic levels on which they depend, and are sensitive to the abundance and behavior of the human populations with which they coexist.

Last Modified: Mar 28, 2013 03:00:38 PM