Our Mission

We are ecologists based at the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory who study lakes in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. We conduct rigorous science to solve management challenges in this iconic mountain range. Our research includes studies at the population, community, and ecosystem levels. To provide the information necessary for sound management decisions, we employ long-term capture-mark-recapture studies, whole-lake experiments, and large-scale lake surveys. Working closely with agency scientists, we use results from these studies to guide the development and implementation of lake restoration and amphibian conservation  actions.

Our Partners

We are fortunate to partner with scientists from state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and universities. Our agency partners include California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Yosemite and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, and multiple forests within the U.S. Forest Service. We collaborate with both the San Francisco Zoo and Oakland Zoo for amphibian rearing, reintroductions, and research on amphibian immune function.

Beginning in 2022, we are active members of the Resilience Institute Bridging Biological Training and Research (RIBBiTR). RIBBiTR, a Biology Integration Institute funded by the National Science Foundation, was created to “conduct research and training that integrates across sub-disciplines in the biological sciences to better understand how living systems achieve resilience to emerging infectious diseases and other global change stressors.”


NSF-funded Biology Integration Institute to study amphibian resilience to disease

We are excited to be team members of a newly-funded National Science Foundation Biology Integration Institute called RIBBiTR (Resilience Institute Bridging Biological Training and Research). Working with a large and collaborative team of scientists and educators located around the country and conducting research around the globe, we will work toward uncovering mechanisms of amphibian resilience …

2021 Newsletter

Check out our 2021 field season accomplishments in our annual newsletter. In addition to summarizing our recovery activities, we also provide an in depth description of what a mountain yellow-legged frog reintroduction entails. In short, it takes a village. Read on in the newsletter to learn how we fund mountain-yellow legged frog recovery, and how …

2022 field technician position application period is closed.

Below is the text of our 2022 field crew advertisement. The application period is currently closed. If you have questions about a submitted application, please contact mountainlakesresearchgroup.jobs@gmail.com. *** We seek individuals with passion for conservation and research in challenging conditions, and extensive mountain experience. Follow the links at the bottom of this post for detailed …