Living Laboratories

UC Santa Barbara celebrates 50 years of the UC Natural Reserve System

Santa Cruz Island
Part of Channel Islands National Park, Santa Cruz Island is home to three marine protected areas.

As a graduate student visiting the Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center in Indian Wells, then-aspiring environmental historian Peter Alagona couldn’t help asking the center’s director what historical materials may be housed on site. The answer would sow the seeds for a project that Alagona would launch years later — and is still leading today.

After a tour of a Boyd Deep storage shed that was overflowing with boxes full of data records, field journals, specimen samples, maps, photographs and more, Alagona recalled that he “filed that discovery away, thinking I’d come back to it some day.” And so he did. Read the full article


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