Ecology is full of scientific names. Escherichia coli, Homo sapiens, Canis lupis. You’ve probably heard of these before. But what about Ixodes pacificus, Dermacentor occidentalis, or Haemaphysalis longicornis? What are these? And more importantly, who cares? The three... more
About the Preserve
Stanford University’s Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (JRBP) is in the eastern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, about five miles southwest of the main campus. The preserve encompasses remarkable geologic, topographic, and biotic diversity within its 483 hectares (1,193 acres) and provides a natural laboratory for researchers from all over the world, educational experiences to students and docent-led visitors, and refuge to native plants and animals.
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