La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science

Meet Our Team

At the La Kretz Center, our team works together to organize our activities and bring our results to the broadest possible user group. We receive input and guidance from our Advisory Board, a select group of individuals representing both UCLA and our partner organizations. Our Affiliates are a broader group of conservationists who help us recruit the best possible postdoctoral scholars, advise graduate student grants, and constitute the core interests and strengths in conservation science that define the Center.

Leadership

H. Bradley Shaffer

UCLA La Kretz Center Director and Distinguished Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science

Senior Staff

Gary Bucciarelli

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Postdoctoral Scholars

Joscha Beninde

Postdoctoral Fellow

UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science

Rachel Blakey

Postdoctoral Fellow

UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science

Dave Daversa

Postdoctoral Fellow

UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science

Past Postdoctoral Scholars

John Benson

Assistant Professor of Vertebrate Ecology

University of Nebraska School of Natural Resources

Adam Clause

Postdoctoral Researcher

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Elizabeth Long

Director of Conservation Science

Mohonk Preserve, New York

Affiliates

Richard Ambrose

Professor Emeritus

Department of Environmental Health Sciences

Paul Barber

Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Luis Chiappe

VP of Research & Collections

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

J.R. DeShazo

Professor and Director

Department of Public Policy, Luskin Center for Innovation

Paul Edelman

Chief of Natural Resources and Planning for the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), and Deputy Director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC)

Robert Espinoza

Professor of Biology, Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles, and Associate Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics

California State University, Northridge

Robert Fisher

Supervisory Research Biologist

U.S. Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center

Peggy Fong

Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Greg Grether

Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Alex Hall

Professor

Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

David Jacobs

Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Peter Kareiva

Adjunct Professor; CEO and President

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability; Aquarium of the Pacific

Jon Keeley

Adjunct Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Nathan Kraft

Associate Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Robert Lovich

Senior Natural Resource Specialist

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) SW

Glen MacDonald

WMRC Director, WRG Faculty Director, John Muir Memorial Chair in Geography, and Distinguished Professor

Department of Geography, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Greg Pauly

Assistant Curator

LA County Museum of Natural History

Stephanie Pincetl, PhD

Chair, Environmental Science and Engineering; Founding Director and Professor

California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA

Seth Riley

Wildlife Branch Chief; Adjunct Associate Professor

U.S. National Parks Service; Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Philip Rundel

Professor Emeritus

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Lawren Sack

Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Thomas Smith

Founding Director, Center for Tropical Research, Co-Executive Director, Congo Basin Institute

Distinguished Professor, Center for Tropical Research and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Victoria Sork

Life Sciences Division Dean and Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Thomas Wake

Senior Museum Scientist and Director, Zooarchaeology Lab

UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology

Larry Wan

Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority

Robert Wayne

Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Pamela Yeh

Assistant Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Felipe Zapata

Assistant Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Advisors

Peter Kareiva

Adjunct Professor; CEO and President

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability; Aquarium of the Pacific

Nathan Kraft

Associate Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Danielle LeFer

Natural Resource Program Manager

California Department of Parks and Recreation - Angeles District

Marilyn Raphael

Interim Director, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Professor, Department of Geography

Seth Riley

Wildlife Branch Chief; Adjunct Associate Professor

U.S. National Parks Service; Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Karen Sears

Professor and Department Chair

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Victoria Sork

Life Sciences Division Dean and Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Jann Vendetti

Assistant Curator of Malacology

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County