White Mountain Research Center (formerly White Mountain Research Station) is a unit of the University of California Natural Reserve System, and the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.
WMRC operates three full-service field stations to support college-level instruction and research throughout the entire eastern Sierra Nevada region. The stations, forming an elevation gradient from Owens Valley high into the White Mountains, provide lodging, meals, labs, and work space to scientists and students from all over the country and world. See our facilities pages for more information. WMRC also maintains a small research hut on the summit of White Mountain Peak at 4342 m (14,242’). The geologic exposure, steep topography, high elevation, arid climate, and potential for winter access make the center uniquely valuable for scientific study and education.
WMRC has been supporting scientific achievement for over 60 years (see WMRC history pages). It has played an important role in research pertaining to many scientific disciplines including, but not limited to, physiology, astrophysics, archaeology, anthropology, ecology, biology, geology, geography, and medicine. Research in these and many other subjects continues today (see WMRC video and brochures). The center is also known internationally as an unsurpassed site for education in Earth science. Every year geology field camps are based at WMRC and thousands of students have been trained here.
See the WMRC user database (excel file) for a partial listing of over 2000 projects and classes hosted at the station since 1950. Also visit the WMRC Publications Database.