La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science




State of fire research: patterns and prevention

UCLA researchers are in a race to understand climate change’s impact on California’s fire seasons to help curb the severity of wildfire devastation. La Kretz Center director Brad Shaffer is featured in this January 2021 UCLA Magazine story.  


UCLA study of threatened desert tortoises offers new conservation strategy

A new study, co-authored by La Kretz Center director Brad Shaffer and published today in Science, shows that animals with more genetic variation are more likely to survive translocation.


Brad Shaffer in Times of San Diego: Joint Effort to Rescue Endangered Native Pond Turtles Proves Successful

A team of biologists — including members from the U.S. Geological Survey, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, University of California, Los Angeles, Endemic Environmental Services Inc., Citrus College and San Diego Zoo Global — worked together recently to find and rescue the last remaining reproductively viable population of southwestern pond turtles in the...


As climate change messes with temperature and precipitation, California newts suffer

The study, co-authored by UCLA La Kretz Center researchers, is part of a larger effort to try to understand how climate change will affect amphibians across the state.


La Kretz Center and Stunt Ranch Reserve award conservation science research grants to seven UCLA students

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 the 2020 recipients of our competitive research awards. The awardees, working on projects ranging from the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas to the impact of urbanization on biodiversity, each contribute...