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2020-21 Judith Presch Scholarship

Apply now for the 2020-21 Judith Presch Desert Research Scholarship. Available to students researching in the Mojave desert.

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Jason Wallace steps up to manage the DSC

Jason Wallace, the Desert Studies Center’s longtime site steward, has moved into the lead position at the DSC. Did you know he is also an expert herpetologist? The CSUF News Center has the story.

2020-21 Judith Presch Scholarship

2020-21 Judith Presch Scholarship

Apply now for the 2020-21 Judith Presch

Desert Studies Blog

Desert Studies Blog

Get the latest news and information from

Support Desert Studies

Support Desert Studies

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Jason Wallace steps up to manage the DSC

Jason Wallace steps up to manage the DSC

Jason Wallace, the Desert Studies Center’s longtime

Welcome . . .

The Desert Studies Center (DSC) is a field station of the California State University, located within the Mojave National Preserve, at the oasis of Soda Springs (aka: Zzyzx).   The DSC is centrally located within a region of diverse geological, biological, and cultural resources, and provides support facilities for those engaged in research or academic field studies in a rich variety of disciplines.

Zzyzx Dust Cam

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About the Desert Studies Center

The Desert Studies Center provides the opportunity for individuals and groups to conduct research, receive instruction, and experience the desert environment. Established in 1976 under a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Land Management, the Center is operated for the CSU by the California Desert Studies Consortium, an organization of seven southern California CSU campuses: Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Pomona and San Bernardino. With the passage of the California Desert Protection Act of 1994, the Desert Studies Center was placed into the Mojave National Preserve, and the National Park Service became our federal partner with the signing of a new cooperative agreement.

The DSC facilities provide housing for up to 75 individuals in dormitory rooms, and two Research Residences (self-contained with kitchen and bath) are available for up to 5 individuals each. Meal service is available, as well as classroom, laboratory and library facilities.

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