At the UCLA/La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science we conserve California’s biodiversity and ecosystems through research, education and public programs.

What We Do

We work with a broad set of partners to fund scientific research and educational activities that inform and enable conservation management through university-agency cooperation to meet the conservation challenges facing 21st century California. Our goal is simple: to leverage UCLA’s world-class environmental scholars to achieve applied conservation solutions based on cutting edge research.

  • Collaborate with government and non-government partners to produce cutting edge research that facilitates conservation policy outcomes
  • Support postdoctoral researchers who interface with the conservation and management agencies that direct California conservation
  • Fund outstanding conservation research by UCLA graduate students
  • Raise the visibility and impact of conservation science through our Annual Lecture, Public Discussion, and workshop series


The La Kretz Center gains its strength through partnerships on and off campus. We are affiliated with a diverse network of UCLA faculty, postdocs, and students, and we work closely with the U.S. National Park Service, the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, the Orange County Natural Communities Coalition, The Nature Conservancy, US Geological Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to protect and restore California’s biodiversity resources.



The La Kretz Center is made possible by a generous endowment from UCLA alumnus and philanthropist Morton La Kretz.