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Announcing The La Kretz Center and Stunt Ranch Reserve 2023 Conservation Science Research Awards

The UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science and the UC Natural Reserve System Stunt Ranch Santa Monica Mountains Reserve are pleased to announce recipients of the 2023 La Kretz Center research awards. This year’s winners are UCLA undergraduate and graduate students who are working on a variety of exciting conservation-based projects.

Congratulations to:

Nidhi Vinod (Pictured with research assistant Pippin Jardin): Physiological mechanisms enabling species survival of drought in southern California.

Madeleine Zuercher: Impacts of domestic dogs on gray fox behaviors in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Janine Fischer: Effects of interspecific competition on habitat use by Stephens’ kangaroo rat.

Maya Char: Characterizing the Evolutionary History of Southern California UC Reserves with an Integrated Computational Approach.