Our Mission

We are ecologists based at the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory who study lakes in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. Our objective is to conduct rigorous science to solve management challenges in this iconic mountain range. Our research focuses on a broad range of topics, and 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.

News

Positions Available: 2021 Seasonal Field Technicians

We seek individuals with passion for conservation and research in challenging conditions, and extensive mountain experience. Follow the link for a detailed job description and application instructions. https://mountainlakesresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/JobDescription_2021.pdf Over the past quarter century, we have documented dramatic, disease-driven declines of mountain yellow-legged frogs across California’s Sierra Nevada. Recently we have documented the beginning of their …

New publication: Sierra Lakes Inventory Project data.

Exciting news: we just pushed the Sierra Lakes Inventory Project data set to the Environmental Data Initiative data portal! Roland Knapp ran the SLIP project from 1995-2002 and collected data on >8,000 Sierra Nevada water bodies. We owe Claire Pavelka our gratitude for making this data publication a reality. Claire was a fellow with the …