Berkeley as Research Partner for National Parks

Research at UC Berkeley has helped guide evidence-based management policies and actions for parks since the National Park Service was created in 1916. Berkeley's Faculty, graduate students and natural history museums' curators conduct research in and for parks that produce key data and insights. Interdisciplinary studies of ecosystems yield key insights to managing biodiversity in the face of climate change, introduced species, and other threats, and assess how protected land contributes to the health of the economy and the health of the planet, including carbon sequestration and ecosystem services. Research on the social, cultural and health benefit of parks contributes to decisions on park use and human enjoyment.