The Vernon and Mary Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) is a center under the Office of Research. CCBER fulfills the university's mission of education, research, and outreach through its stewardship and restoration of campus lands and preservation and management of natural history collections.

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Natural History Collections

Natural history collections and collection-based research are vital to discovering, understanding, and documenting biodiversity. Natural history collections represent the irreplaceable documentation of life on Earth.

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Ecological Restoration

The Cheadle Center manages more than 340 acres of open space between Ellwood Mesa and Goleta Slough. These project sites serve to protect and strengthen the region’s ecology and ecosystems through habitat conservation, upland restoration, wetland creation and enhancement, and the implementation of sustainable stormwater management solutions. 

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Support the Cheadle Center

You can help the Vernon and Mary Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration make a difference in the education of our next generation and in the preservation of our natural world. 

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There is always something happening at the Cheadle Center!

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The Cheadle Center has many volunteer and internship opportunities in restoration ecology, natural history collections management and biological research.

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Meet the people behind the restoration, collections, and education programs of the Cheadle Center.

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Here's what's happening around campus.

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"It was incredibly important that while pursuing a Ph.D. I would be allowed freedom to grow creatively in my interdisciplinary scholarship. Getting to know UCSB's strong spirit of collaboration across departments assured me of my choice."

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