After 4 years with the La Kretz Center, Mario is moving to UC Santa Barbara to pursue a Master of Environmental Science & Management at the Bren School- where science, management, law, economics, and policy are integrated as part of an interdisciplinary approach to environmental problem-solving.
2013 – B.S. Environmental Science, UCLA
Dedicating my time to animal conservation has always been important to me. Herps in particular interest me because of their undeniable roles in all ecosystems. Within and beyond our concrete jungles, reptiles and amphibians are everywhere; yet people misunderstand them, shy away from them, and ultimately fear them. By working with the La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science and first-hand researchers associated with the La Kretz Center I hope to help conserve herps and by association other species in the greater Los Angeles area and beyond, as well as help the public understand their crucial roles in ecosystems.