Job Announcement
2023 UCLA La Kretz Center Postdoctoral Fellowship in California Conservation Science

The UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science invites applications for its 2023 Postdoctoral Fellowship in California Conservation Science. We seek one or more postdoctoral scholars who conducts innovative biological research to work with the La Kretz Center and partner agencies to achieve outcomes that will direct and lead California conservation efforts.

Candidates may work in any discipline that provides the scientific underpinnings for the preservation, protection, management, or restoration of at-risk species, environments, or ecological communities in California. Current and past La Kretz Postdocs have worked on a wide variety of research topics, including urban biodiversity, wildfire management and conservation, urban evolutionary adaptation, the interface of conservation and animal behavior, and many other topics of relevance to California. An important new initiative, the California Conservation Genomics Project (CCGP), is a large, multi-campus initiative led by the La Kretz Center that is delivering genomic resources to California decision-makers to enhance species and habitat management. For a full set of descriptions of past fellows and their work, please visit our website.


We seek Fellows whose research overlaps with one or more UCLA faculty member who is a La Kretz Affiliate and one or more non-UCLA agency/NGO partner in California (see below). The Fellow is expected to work closely with their identified UCLA faculty mentor and agency partner(s). Projects that have identified team members and confirmed their willingness to serve as mentors tend to be favored by our review panel. Projects that could involve cofounding from outside of the La Kretz Center are always encouraged, but this is not a requirement. Our current list of possible agency partners, and relevant contacts individuals includes, but is not limited to:

  • The Nature Conservancy: Sophie Parker (restoration; urban conservation; invasive species)

  • LA Natural History Museum: Jann Vendetti (mollusk ecology and evolution; species natural history)

  • US Geological Survey: Robert Fisher (applied conservation; biodiversity; ecology and evolution)

  • US Bureau of Land Management: Mike Westphal (applied conservation, climate change)

  • US Fish and Wildlife Service: Cat Darst (endangered species management)

  • Natural Communities Coalition: James Sulentich/Danny L. Fry (protection/recovery of sensitive species)

  • National Park Service: Katy Delaney (amphibian and avian ecology, evolution, and conservation)

  • National Park Service: Seth Riley (mammalian ecology, evolution, and conservation)

  • Department of Defense: Robert Lovich (conservation on Dept. of Defense lands)


The La Kretz Fellowship is for two years, subject to review after the first year. The target start date is September 2023, and is flexible. The position offers full benefits, and a research/travel allowance of $7500. Candidates who have recently completed their Ph.D. or will have completed it by August 2023 are encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

To apply, please send applications to as a single PDF file that includes (i) a brief cover letter, (ii) your CV, (iii) a research and management accomplishments statement (maximum one page), (iv) a project proposal that includes your UCLA La Kretz mentor and agency/NGO partners of interest (maximum three pages, including figures and references), and (v) two of your relevant publications. We also ask that you have (vi) two letters of reference sent, one of which must be from your Ph.D. advisor. Please arrange to have reference letters emailed to the same address with the subject line “La Kretz Postdoc letter for (your last name)”. The deadline for completed applications is December 15, 2022.

Please e-mail all questions to Brad Shaffer, Director of the La Kretz Center, at



Contact Information

Brad Shaffer