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

5.2.2019

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

3.23.2019

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...

NEWSROOM

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8.16.2019

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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8.13.2019

UCLA’s Brad Shaffer on CBS News Los Angeles

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


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8.5.2019

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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7.30.2019

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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6.26.2019

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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3.17.2019

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


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3.9.2019

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...


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2.7.2019

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...


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1.28.2019

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


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1.24.2019

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...


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11.19.2018

Research building burns down in the Woolsey fire

The structure was the cornerstone of a UCLA conservation science center.


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11.15.2018

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