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Turtles ‘in horrible shape’ with grim future due to rising sea levels

About 60% of the world’s turtle species are considered threatened or endangered, making them one of the most vulnerable groups of animals on the planet. A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals new findings about turtles’ evolution so far and the tough prospects they face for survival.



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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…


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The big data of biodiversity

The California Conservation Genomics Project, led by the UCLA/La Kretz Center, will use powerful genomics technology to shape the future of conservation in the state