gary bucciarelli

Gary Bucciarelli

Stunt Ranch Director of Research

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

300 La Kretz Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1496

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2015, Ph.D, University of California, Los Angeles
2002, BA Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH


I am broadly interested in stream ecology, conservation genetics, the evolution of chemical defenses, and ecological processes occurring at the urban-wildlife interface. My current research investigates the evolution and ecology of the neurotoxin tetrodotoxin in the genus of newts, Taricha, which are found throughout California. I am also working with the La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science and the National Park Service to develop a broad conservation management plan for amphibians of Los Angeles.

My research is supported in part by a grant from the UCLA La Kretz Center for Conservation Science.