The University of California, Berkeley–most commonly referred to as Cal–is a public research university founded in 1868 in Berkeley, California. Berkeley is regarded as a “Public Ivy” or public school Ivy League school. Cal is the flagship institution of the 10 University of California campuses. It was established as the result of the merger of the private College of California and the public Agricultural, Mining, and Mechanical Arts College in Oakland. Berkeley is the oldest institution in the UC system and offers approximately 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Dr. Ian Malcolm took a visiting lectureship at Berkeley’s biology department to teach the mathematical models of evolution. Dr. Sarah Harding earned her Ph.D at Berkeley with the aid of Malcolm as a reader for her doctoral thesis. Dr. Richard Levine, who was spending the summer at the university, attended Malcolm’s lectures on evolution. Levine also visited Malcolm at his office with R.B. Benton and Kelly Curtis after meeting Malcolm and becoming friends. Dr. Ellie Sattler gave a lecture on prehistoric pollen grains that Ed James had attended. Sattler was also married to a physicist at Berkeley with the last name Reiman. Dr. Howard King was a graduate of Berkeley in the mid-1980s before joining BioSyn. A clandestine group of people claimed to be botanists from Berkeley sent to do an aerial survey of the jungle canopy in the central highlands of Costa Rica, but after a dispute about fuel costs, San Jose called Berkeley to complain only to find out that Berkeley sent no such team and that the impostor team had fled.