The UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science led its first Annual Workshop in Conservation Genomics at the Center’s field station on March 23-28, 2013
UCLA conservation biologist and lead author Brad Shaffer collaborated with the Genome Institute at Washington University in St. Louis and 58 co-authors to sequence the first turtle genome and uncover clues about how people can benefit from the shelled creatures' remarkable longevity and ability to survive for months without breathing
This project provides an unparalleled opportunity to study the spread of genes between species in real time, and to understand how species adapt to changing environments
As the off-campus headquarters for La Kretz Center activities, the field station will encourage more people to do conservation research in the Los Angeles area
Amphibian expert Brad Shaffer is watching a battle for survival between the endangered California-native tiger salamander and its larger, non-native "cousin," brought in in the 1950s from Texas
The impact the new La Kretz Center will have on the field of conservation science.