The UCSC-FERP is foremost a living laboratory that provides opportunities for experiential and inquiry-based learning. A beautiful 25-min walk takes students from Science Hill classrooms through forest and chaparral habitats to the FERP. Class field trips, senior theses, independent studies, and internships are all welcome and encouraged on the FERP. For questions, contact FERP and Campus Natural Reserve Manager Alex Jones.
All UCSC students are eligible and encouraged to participate in 2-unit internships through the Environmental Studies internship program. Internships require an average of 6 hours/week, with most time spent in the forest. Following successful completion of a 2-unit internship (ENVS 184), students can apply for 5-unit internships (ENVS 183), senior internships (ENVS 183A and 183B), senior theses (ENVS 195A or equivalent for other departments), and other opportunities.
2017 is an exciting year on the FERP — we are completing the 5-yr complete recensus of all 28,000 individuals (40,000 stems!) on the 16-ha plot to be able to see, for the first time, the dynamics of the forest. We are looking for up to 50 interns per quarter this year, and have some paid positions available for experienced FERPers to take leadership roles. Come join us! Download the FERP internship contract, and contact Alex Jones and Greg Gilbert for more information.
Additional FERP internships support the development and maintenance of long-term ecological monitoring of the forest, including growth, recruitment, and mortality of trees, spatial and temporal patterns in understory vegetation, forest phenology, population dynamics of herps and small mammals, trait-based ecology, soil, water, light, and meteorological monitoring, etc. Internships are available every quarter. Specific activities change over time.