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Southern California Ecosystems Research Program (SCERP)

Scholar Resources
SCERP provides research opportunities, funding for travel, and career planning for undergraduates interested in ecology and environmental biology.
SCERP 2017 at Starr Ranch

SCERP scholars:
  • Receive stipends to conduct independent research with a faculty member.
  • Take intensive summer field course exploring issues in three southern California ecosystems.
  • Develop and complete independent research in conjunction with faculty mentor.
  • Current scholars work on marine ecological issues, desert ecology, animal behavior, plant-animal interactions in coastal sage scrub, and plant adaptations to arid environments.
  • Travel to scientific meetings to present results of independent research.
  • Plan future career path.

Is SCERP right for you?

If you like to work outdoors, enjoy working with animals or plants, getting your hands dirty, meeting new friends interested in ecology and environmental biology, networking with other students, getting to know faculty, and seeing new areas in southern California, then SCERP could be for you! Be sure to talk with the current scholars about the program or with Dr. Bill Hoese ( if you think you might be interested in applying!

Applications for the 2017 cohort are closed. Please check back in the spring for information on the 2018 cohort.

SCERP scholars, and special assistants, at Starr Ranch Audubon Sanctuary. L-R: Brittany Cook, Daniel Jaques, Amber Sanderson, Kyle Gunther, Shannon Chou, special assistants 1 and 2, Jacob Javier, Holly Suther, Krystal Watros, Aley Garcia, Sandy DeSimone, Joshua Der.

Webpage last updated 7/27/2017 by Bill Hoese