Research Contact Information


Ben Becker
1 Bear Valley Rd
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
415-464-5187
415-868-1202
ben_becker@nps.gov
Superintendent
Cicely Muldoon
paul_engel@nps.gov
ben_becker@nps.gov
Ben Becker, Science Division
www.nps.gov/pore


Park Specific Research Conditions


RPRS STANDARD CONDITIONS

1. SAFETY: Working in the field and on the coast can be dangerous. Please ensure your team has a safety and communication plan.
2. CARRY PERMIT WHILE WORKING AND LEAVE RESEARCH PLACARD ON DASHBOARD OF VEHICLE. PARKING AREAS ARE CLOSED FROM MIDNIGHT - 6 AM. Contact Ben Becker if you need to park overnight.
3. ALL COLLECTIONS MUST BE MADE WITH MINIMAL IMPACT TO THE PARK'S RESOURCES AND VISITORS. Collect as few specimens as practical; in no case should the continued survival of a population of any species be jeopardized by your activities.
4. DO NOT WORK WITHIN 50m OF PARK RESIDENCES WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION.
5. AVOID introducing weed seeds and propagules. Before entering the park, clean equipment, shoes and clothing that may be contaminated with non-native plants or seeds.
6. ALL TRAPS, TAGS, ETC., WHICH ARE TEMPORARILY LEFT IN THE FIELD MUST BE MARKED WITH YOUR PERMANENT STUDY NUMBER (for example: PORE-0019). They must be as unobtrusive as possible and must not interfere with visitor enjoyment of the park as a natural area.
7. PLEASE CONDUCT YOUR ACTIVITIES OUT OF SIGHT OF HEAVILY USED VISITOR AREAS. Please work on weekdays when possible.
8. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT AN ONLINE REPORT OF YOUR RESEARCH ACTIVITIES EACH YEAR, and you must mail two copies of your final research report and any publications to our office upon completion of your project.
9. YOU MUST DELIVER GPS POINTS (NAD83 UTM Zone 10) of any permanent or temporary research plots to ben_becker@nps.gov within 7 days of establishing plots. Please include your permit number and name with the email.
10. PLASTIC FLAGGING SHOULD BE USED SPARINGLY AND MUST BE MARKED WITH YOUR STUDY NUMBER. It must be out of sight of trails and roads during all seasons, and it must be removed upon completion of your research project.


SPECIMEN COLLECTION:

Requirements Related to Specimens

Researchers authorized to collect specimens for permanent retention need to contact the park’s curator for instructions, via telephone or e-mail, before collecting specimens, before preparing and submitting catalog data, and before submitting specimens and associated records. Researchers must follow these steps for managing specimens and records:

1. If you are collecting specimens that will be retained permanently at an NPS or other facility, contact Cultural Resources Program Lead (415-464-5287,paul_engel@nps.gov) to receive collection information prior to conducting research in the park.

2. Identify a repository for the permanent retention of the specimens and provide contact information for the responsible collection manager. Acceptable repositories include museums, universities, and Point Reyes National Seashore (contact curator to discuss). Specimens retained at other repositories are done so as loans only and remain the property of the NPS. Loan paperwork will be required at the completion of the project.

3. Collect, identify, and properly house and label specimens. Please contact the park’s curator for specific guidance regarding your specimens.

4. Catalog specimens in a standard template provided by the park using accession and catalog numbers assigned by the park’s curator.

5. Submit a copy of all final reports, publications, and theses/dissertations produced as a result of the permitted project. Copies of associated data (including field notes, maps, slides, photographs, charts/graphs, tabular and GIS data with associated metadata) are also requested to be submitted to the park. These materials will be permanently archived in the park's museum collection.

FOR DIGGING:

If during excavation of the test pits any archaeological remains are observed the applicant shall cease excavation, cover the remains, and notify Paul Engel, Park Archaeologist, as soon as possible at (415) 464-5287. Archaeological remains may consist of but are not limited to: human remains, shell midden, ground or chipped stone artifacts, building foundations, and/or a concentration of historic trash that does not appear to be recent in nature. Shell midden in this area typically consists of dark, greasy, friable soil with a high concentration of whole or partial mussel and/or clam shells and may also contain whole or partial skeletal remains of birds and/or mammals.


Research Preferences


Point Reyes National Seashore encourages all forms of scientific inquiry into the natural world. We are particularly interested in research projects that may help inform sound management of the park. Please see priority research areas here:

https://www.nps.gov/rlc/pacificcoast/index.htm


Bulletins


Research and collecting applications for the Northern lands of Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA)(North of the Bolinas-Fairfax Road) are administered by Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS). Therefore, please submit permit applications for those areas to PRNS and NOT to GGNRA. Direct questions to ben_becker@nps.gov