UC Santa Cruz Natural Reserves support research in ecology, biology, restoration, climate, marine biology, and environmental studies. These reserves provide protected areas that can be utilized for long-term studies with minimal human disturbance. Highlighted examples of of ongoing research include long term forest ecology research on UCSC Campus Natural Reserve; coastal prarie restoration research at Younger Lagoon Natural Reserve; research that monitors migration/distribution, foraging behavior, pup mass and survival, and population demography in elephant seals at Año Nuevo Natural Reserve; research of landscape-level dynamics between fire disturbance and pathogens at Landels-Hill Big Creek Natural Reserve; and distribution and genetic studies of the reptiles in maritime chaparral habitat at Fort Ord Natural Reserve. These highlight just a few of many research projects being undertaken at UC Santa Cruz Natural Reserves. More information can be found in annual reports, by visiting the main web page for each reserve.