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

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

Gary Bucciarelli

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Postdoctoral Scholars

joscha beninde

Joscha Beninde

Postdoctoral Fellow

UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science
rachel-blakey

Rachel Blakey

Postdoctoral Fellow

La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science
erin toffelmier

Erin Toffelmier

Postdoc

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Shaffer Lab

Past Postdoctoral Scholars

eric abelson

Eric Abelson

Research Wildlife Biologist

U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station
john benson

John Benson

Assistant Professor of Vertebrate Ecology

University of Nebraska School of Natural Resources
adam clause

Adam Clause

Postdoctoral Researcher

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
justin valliere

Justin Valliere

Research Fellow

University of Western Australia, ARC Centre for Mine Site Restoration

Affiliates

paul barber

Paul Barber

Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
christy brigham

Christy Brigham

Chief - Resources Management & Science, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

luis chiappe

Luis Chiappe

VP of Research & Collections

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
j.r. deshazo

J.R. DeShazo

Professor and Director

Department of Public Policy, Luskin Center for Innovation
paul edelman

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

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

Robert Fisher

Supervisory Research Biologist

U.S. Geological Survey, Western Ecological Research Center
peggy fong

Peggy Fong

Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
suzanne goode

Suzanne Goode

Natural Resource Program Manager

California Department of Parks and Recreation – Angeles District
greg grether

Greg Grether

Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
alex hall

Alex Hall

Professor

Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
david jacobs

David Jacobs

Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
peter kareiva

Peter Kareiva

Adjunct Professor; CEO and President

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability; Aquarium of the Pacific
jon keeley

Jon Keeley

Adjunct Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
nathan-kraft-2

Nathan Kraft

Associate Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
robert lovich

Robert Lovich

Senior Natural Resource Specialist

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) SW
glen macdonald

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

Greg Pauly

Assistant Curator

LA County Museum of Natural History
stephanie pincetl, phd

Stephanie Pincetl, PhD

Chair, Environmental Science and Engineering; Founding Director and Professor-in-Residence

California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA
seth riley

Seth Riley

Wildlife Branch Chief; Adjunct Associate Professor

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

Philip Rundel

Professor Emeritus

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
lawren sack

Lawren Sack

Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
thomas smith

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

Victoria Sork

Life Sciences Division Dean and Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
thomas wake

Thomas Wake

Senior Museum Scientist and Director, Zooarchaeology Lab

UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
larry wan

Larry Wan

Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority

robert wayne

Robert Wayne

Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
pamela yeh

Pamela Yeh

Assistant Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
felipe zapata

Felipe Zapata

Assistant Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Advisors

peter kareiva

Peter Kareiva

Adjunct Professor; CEO and President

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability; Aquarium of the Pacific
nathan-kraft-2

Nathan Kraft

Associate Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
danielle lefer

Danielle LeFer

Natural Resource Program Manager

California Department of Parks and Recreation - Angeles District
seth riley

Seth Riley

Wildlife Branch Chief; Adjunct Associate Professor

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

Karen Sears

Professor and Department Chair

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
victoria sork

Victoria Sork

Life Sciences Division Dean and Professor

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
jann vendetti

Jann Vendetti

Assistant Curator of Malacology

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
jerald weaver

Jerald Weaver

Division Chief of Planning, Science and Resource Management

U.S. National Park Service