Category Archives: Natural Reserve System

OnBeyond: Biology’s Future at UCSD, Natural Reserves, and more!

In this episode of OnBeyond, meet UC San Diego biologist Bill McGinnis, the new Dean of Biological Sciences at UC San Diego. McGinnis is a renowned biologist best known for his 1983 discovery that genes involved in embryonic development are identical in different species, from bugs to humans.

Hear what this cutting edge scientist has to say about where the biological sciences are headed at UC San Diego, from brain activity mapping to mathematical modeling of biological systems. McGinnis talks about his past, his passions, and what he hopes to study more thoroughly in the future.

Next, this episode of OnBeyond explores what is so special about California’s comfortable climate. Only a small portion of the Earth’s landmass is conducive to a Mediterranean climate like that of California, and 40% of these Mediterranean areas are already heavily populated. A mere 1/8 of the entire world’s Mediterranean areas have been preserved.

UCTV then visits two University of California Natural Reserves to reveal the beauty and the biodiversity of these remote preservation and research sites. Watch “OnBeyond: A New Era for Biology, Mediterranean Climate, Natural Reserves” to find out the locations, services, and secrets of these great natural reserve facilities.

If you enjoyed this episode, check out other programs in the OnBeyond series!


Lands of Two Seasons: The World’s Mediterranean-Climate Ecosystems

Great weather, abundant harvests, fabulous food, some of the world’s most cosmopolitan, and romantic, cities – as well as the world’s most critical biodiversity hotspots — make up what are known as Mediterranean-climate Ecosystems.

With  “Lands of Two Seasons: The World’s Mediterranean-Climate Ecosystems,” UCTV and the UC Natural Reserve System inaugurate a six-part series that will be unveiled in spring 2013 on UCTV Prime.

The introductory program offers an overview the world’s Mediterranean-climate zones, pointing out their similarities, unique characteristics and importance, while also illuminating the factors that threaten them. From geology to ocean and atmospheric forces, subsequent programs will explore the many factors that make these environments so unique and alluring.

Watch “Lands of Two Seasons: The World’s Mediterranean-Climate Ecosystems” and stay tuned later this spring for more in the series.


The Velocity of Climate Change

As Earth’s climate changes, life adjusts and adapts.

In the latest installment of UCTV Prime Cuts, from the UC Natural Reserve System, UC Berkeley Biology Professor David Ackerly explains how his work modeling climate change is helping us understand just how fast different species will have to move to endure it.

Watch “The Velocity of Climate Change — UCTV Prime Cuts” and also make sure to check out our extensive climate change video archive.


The Social Lives of Bluebirds

Can bluebirds teach us about about our own cooperative behaviors? That’s what Cornell University graduate student Caitlin Stern is trying to find out as she tracks and observes the beautiful western bluebirds that make their home in the Hastings Reserve, part of the University of California’s Natural Reserve System that’s made up of 37 protected natural areas throughout that state, totaling 750,000 acres.

In this week’s edition of “Prime: Cuts,” we visit with Stern and tag along as she checks in on the birds in order to understand their cooperative behaviors and, ultimately, the implications her research might have for understanding cooperative behaviors in the animal kingdom.

Prime: Cuts – Social Structure in Western Bluebirds


Mysteries of the Black Widow

Most of us go out of our way NOT to run into a black widow spider, but biologist Emily MacLeod spends her time surrounded by them.

In the latest episode of “Prime: Cuts,” we follow the University of Toronto researcher as she observes the carnivorous spider in captivity and in its natural habitat on the Hastings Natural Reserve, one of the University of California’s 37 protected natural areas throughout that state that total 750,000 acres, making it the largest university-administered reserve system in the world.

See what Emily uncovers in “Prime: Cuts – Mysteries of the Black Widow,” then check out more video about research taking place at UC’s Natural Reserve system.