With a fully equipped laboratory and facilities for meetings, SNARL serves as a major center for research for the eastern Sierra Nevada and Owens Valley.
Apply to do research
Applicants must obtain all necessary permits prior to visiting the reserve, and comply with our code of conduct.
The reserve offers housing, laboratories, and meeting space to qualified organizations for education, research, and public service purposes.
Graduate Student Grants
The reserve offers grants for graduate student research conducted in and around Mammoth Lakes.
View a list of publications based on reserve research via the Zotero bibliography application.
Permits & Waivers
All visitors to the reserve must sign a waiver. In addition, researchers must obtain the required permits from the appropriate agencies to conduct their work.
Rates and Payment
View our reserve facility rates and learn how to pay for your stay.
Researchers are responsible for obtaining the necessary permits from the appropriate agencies.
Selected Research Projects
Ecology of Mono Lake
UC research on Mono Lake has helped restore the ecosystem of this critical resource for waterbirds and other wildlife. Ongoing projects include modeling and monitoring.
SNARL scientists operate a snow laboratory on Mammoth Mountain; the National Science Foundation and NASA Earth Observing System Project fund ongoing studies of snowpack properties and snowmelt runoff.
Ongoing studies examine impacts of livestock grazing on stream ecology and effects of non-native trout on Sierra Nevada lake ecosystems.
Endangered Species Conservation
Ongoing studies are examining the causes of declines in populations for the mountain yellow-legged frog, and the potential for recovery of this species