Becca Fenwick

Position: UC Natural Reserve System

Dr. Becca Fenwick is the Director of the Environmental Information and Technology Program for the University of California Natural Reserve System (UC NRS) and leads the statewide environmental and climate-monitoring California Heartbeat Initiative (CHI).  The UC NRS consists of 41 protected sites throughout California that support long-term monitoring, research, teaching, and other academic use. Based at UC Santa Cruz, Becca manages a geographically-dispersed IT team who work with reserve staff, researchers, and the public to support all of the needs that come with using technology in the great outdoors. In partnership with researchers at Berkeley and UC ANR IGIS, Becca has been spearheading the development of CHI, a long term environmental monitoring program that uses UAV’s, environmental sensors and satellite imagery to look at the health of the state’s ecosystems. These data will be critical for informing biophysical climate modeling on multiple spatial and temporal scales across diverse habitats throughout California. CHI is currently funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Becca earned her Ph.D in Marine Geology and Geophysics from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UCSD).  Previously, she served as the Director of two UC NRS reserves (Yosemite, Sequoia-Kings Canyon, and James San Jacinto Mountains).