La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science

EVENTS

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...

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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...


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Rachel Blakey Research in EurekAlert!: Changing Wildfires in the California’s Sierra Nevada May Threaten Northern Goshawks

Rachel Blakey’s research suggests fire, as it becomes more frequent and severe, poses a substantial risk to goshawks in the Sierra Nevada region.


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One of California’s iconic tree species offers lessons for conservation in study led by La Kretz Postdoc Luke Browne and UCLA Distinguished Professor Victoria Sork

New research casts doubt on the common assumption that plants and animals are adapted to their environments.



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Bradley Shaffer in Berkeley News: How red-eared invaders are hurting California’s native turtles

Red-eared sliders are the most commonly traded pet turtles in the world, but are often released into the wild by disgruntled owners when they get too big to handle. Thanks to illegal dumping, the sliders, which are native to the Central United States and Northeastern Mexico, can now be found all over the world. Their...


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University of California news: UCLA to lead $10 million California conservation project

UCLA scientists are leading a $10 million project to help California officials make ecologically wise decisions as the state continues to confront the effects of climate change.  The California Conservation Genomics Project, which is funded by the state, will involve conservation biologists, geneticists, ecologists and climate scientists from all 10 University of California campuses, the Lawrence...


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UCLA’s Brad Shaffer on CBS News Los Angeles

Dr. Bradley Shaffer from UCLA talks $10 million California conservation project.


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Santa Monica Daily Press: Los Angeles-UCLA to lead $10 million California conservation project

UCLA scientists are leading a $10 million project to help California officials make ecologically wise decisions as the state continues to confront the effects of climate change. The California Conservation Genomics Project, which is funded by the state, will involve conservation biologists, geneticists, ecologists and climate scientists from all 10 University of California campuses, the...


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UCLA La Kretz Center to lead $10 million California conservation project

“This project has the potential to revolutionize how we manage our land,” said Bradley Shaffer, who leads the project and is a UCLA distinguished professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and director of UCLA’s La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science. “We will apply state-of-the-art techniques to California’s most pressing conservation problems and provide government agencies with the best scientific data to make informed decisions as California’s climate continues to undergo rapid change.”


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Invasive annuals respond more negatively to drought than native plant species

In a newly published study, a team of UCLA researchers including La Kretz postdocs Justin Valliere and Gary Bucciarelli explores whether invasives show greater growth and reproductive responses to water availability compared with the native wildflowers they displace. The authors find that invasives may be more negatively impacted by drought compared with natives, but they...


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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


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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...