Public Lectures & Discussions

The La Kretz Public Lecture brings to Los Angeles renowned thinkers, researchers and leaders who  educate and inspire our audience, and ourselves, on conservation science. Please join us for this year’s lecture!


ucla la kretz center annual public lecture: california on fire

UCLA La Kretz Center 10th Annual Public Lecture: California on Fire

The UCLA La Kretz Center 10th Annual Public Lecture examined the impacts of wild fire on California conservation. Featuring preeminent ecologists Carla D’Antonio (UC Santa Barbara), Jon Keeley (US Geological Survey), and Seth Riley (National Park Service), the event was moderated by Victoria Sork, UCLA Dean of Life Sciences.


Life in the L.A. River

With the imminent revitalization of the L.A. River, the city’s landscape is about to transform. But how will the restoration project impact life in and around the river?

meow! a cat discussion

Meow! A Cat Discussion

New studies indicate that cats have a negative impact on native biodiversity and are a threat to human health. So what’s a cat lover to do?

DamNation film screening and panel discussion

Embark on a film odyssey that explores the change in national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders, to the growing awareness that our futures are bound to the life and health of our rivers. Includes a brief panel discussion, prior to the screening, moderated by scientist-turned-filmmaker Randy Olsen.