La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science

Lecture Series

UCLA La Kretz Center Annual Public Lecture: California on Fire

by UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science


Featuring Carla D’Antonio from UC Santa Barbara, Jon Keeley from US Geological Survey, and Seth Riley from the National Park Service. The event will be moderated by Victoria Sork, UCLA Dean of Life Sciences.

Special Event

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...



Former La Kretz Postdoc discusses his career in animal studies

John Benson is now an assistant professor with the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln



Native grasslands restoration study

California grasslands have been severely impacted by the invasion of nonnative annual grasses, which often limit restoration of this important ecosystem. La Kretz Postdoc Justin Valliere is lead author on a paper in the journal Restoration Ecology that explores the use of mowing as a restoration tool for native perennial grasslands at the Santa Rosa...



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



Palm forest habitat loss and fragmentation

La Kretz Postdoc Luke Browne is lead author on a new study on the effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on pollen and seed dispersal published in Molecular Ecology. In a companion paper also published in Molecular Ecology, Luke and his co-authors compared the effects of pollen and seed dispersal on genetic diversity in continuous...