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

Personal website

Bio

Education

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

Research

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.

Projects

U.S. National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS) manages the most pristine, biologically intact parklands in the country, making it one of the La Kretz Center’s key partners. Surrounded by Los Angeles and its suburbs, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) is a vast, 160,000 acre open space that is overseen by the NPS and serves...

Publications

An amphibian chemical defense phenotype is inducible across life history stages

Bucciarelli, G. M., Shaffer, H. B., Green, D. B., & Kats, L. B.

Published Work | 2017 | Scientific Reports, 7(1), 8185


Noxious newts and their natural enemies: Experimental effects of tetrodotoxin exposure on trematode parasites and aquatic macroinvertebrates

Calhoun, D.M., Bucciarelli, G.M., Kats, L.B, Zimmer, R.K., & Johnson, P.T.J.

Published Work | 2017 | Toxicon. 137: 120-127


Individual fluctuations in toxin levels affect breeding site fidelity in a chemically defended amphibian

GM Bucciarelli, DB Green, HB Shaffer, LB Kats

Published Work | 2016 | Proc. R. Soc. B 283 : 20160468