La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science
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2019 Conservation Genomics Workshop
UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science
This annual workshop provides a comfortable, informal training environment for a small group of 20 motivated graduate students to explore how conservation problems can best be addressed with genomic-level data. Our goal is to provide hands-on experience in the efficient collection, troubleshooting, and analysis of large, genome-level data sets for conservation-relevant problems. We focus specifically...
Ursula Heise & Brad Shaffer in Voice of America
Ursula K. Heise is the Marcia H. Howard Chair in Literary Studies at the Department of English and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. Brad Shaffer is the UCLA La Kretz Center Director and Distinguished Professor. In this article: “Is the Urban Jungle the Answer to Helping Some Endangered Species?” Heise and Shaffer...
Managing predators in fire-prone landscapes: the importance of vegetation structure
Seminar presented by Rachel V. Blakey, The Institute for Bird Populations and The University of Missouri
Ten UCLA student conservation projects funded through the La Kretz Center/Stunt Ranch Reserve Small Grant Program
The UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science and the UC Natural Reserve System Stunt Ranch Santa Monica Mountains Reserve are pleased to announce this year’s grant recipients for our competitive research awards. Our ten awardees, working on projects ranging from urban wildlife biodiversity to post-fire impacts on coastal lagoons, each contribute to our...
Research building burns down in the Woolsey fire
The structure was the cornerstone of a UCLA conservation science center.
One of two buildings at UCLA research station burned in Woolsey fire
Main building of La Kretz Center Field Station reduced to ash but second structure will remain a ‘foothold’ until rebuilding begins
To Save Endangered Species, Should We Bring Them Into Our Cities?
Some ecologists believe our best chance to preserve biodiversity is to introduce non-native species to cities—but others warn of unintended consequences. Brad Shaffer and Ursula Heise argue for cities as biodiversity havens for endangered species.
Opening new doors for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
New Malibu facility to improve wildlife researchers’ efforts
La Kretz Center scientists apply new genomic tools to the conservation of understudied organisms
Brad Shaffer and Evan McCartney-Melstad are featured in the August 2018 podcast from the journal Heredity, which broadcasts interviews with the people behind the journal, the science and a digest of breaking news. The focus of the podcast is the application of new genomic methods to understudied organisms, including a recent study published by Shaffer and...
Invasive crayfish lead to more mosquitoes and risk of disease in Southern California
Research by La Kretz Postdoc Gary Bucciarelli and others finds that the crayfish disrupt native predators that eat mosquito larvae
The Case for ‘Sanctuary Cities’ for Endangered Species
"[W]hat if we deliberately offered sanctuary to endangered species in our cities—those that are native, of course, but also those that are not?" - Ursula Heise, in CityLab.
Wild parrots fill the soundscape in Los Angeles
"Parrots are not uncommon around Los Angeles. More than a dozen different species have established wild populations in the area, descendants of pet birds that escaped at some point and managed to make a home for themselves in some part of the sprawling metropolis," Ursula Heise writes in Elemental.