About Hastings

Hastings is a Biological Field Station of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and Natural Reserve System, University of California. A representative California Coast Range ecosystem of about 2,500 acres, Hastings was established in 1937 to be managed with minimal disturbance for research and education. This site provides the wildlands and facilities to conduct university and graduate level studies of natural systems in the Santa Lucia mountain range in Monterey County, California. An important feature of Hastings is the long-term collection of weather station data, with temperature and precipitation information dating to 1929. These climate data are available online via the Western Regional Climate Data Center.

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02/21/2012 02:31 PM

Greetings from Vince - Thanks for the introduction Mark - enjoy Arizona.  You have left some pretty big shoes to fill (even with my size 13 feet!).  

Looking forward to meeting all the Hastings regulars, as well as new users, in the upcoming months!

02/21/2012 01:36 PM

Hello from Arizona! Mark Stromberg here. I have retired to Sonoita, AZ, and Vince Voegeli has been hired as the Resident Reserve Director. I am still working with the UC Natural Reserve System via telecommuting. Barb and I moved out in October, and Vince took over in January, 2012. I will be writing a book on the history, both natural and cultural, of the Hastings Reserve and upper Carmel Valley. Hastings is in good hands; stop by and meet Vince one of these days.

08/30/2011 12:10 PM




On August 29, 2011 Carmel River Steelhead Association crew did a fish rescue on Finch Creek. The creek will soon be drying out, and some of the fish were captured and moved to permanent water below Los Padres dam. Nearly 200 fish were moved from about 500 feet of creek. Remaining fish (many) will take their chances here. Who knows? Maybe the creek will flow until winter rains, but it seems unlikely. Frank Emerson, Brian LeNeve and several volunteers, including Ari (Carmel Middle School).


Over 500 research projects have been conducted since 1937 at Hastings. Staff at Hastings are also heavily involved in K-12 education, and work with teachers from Monterey County to provide information and resources on the biology of central coastal California that they can bring back to the classroom. Some of the more noteworthy research projects include long-term studies of oak woodland communities and the behavioral ecology of Acorn Woodpeckers and Western Bluebirds. A graduate student project on Wild Turkeys at Hastings demonstrated how cooperative courtship can benefit males even if they don't get a mate (see UC Berkeley News Press Release). These studies reveal that every species has a fascinating story.