Rachel Blakey

Assistant Professor

Cal Poly Pomona

Rachel is an Assistant Professor at Cal Poly Pomona teaching Biological Sciences. As a La Kretz Center Postdoctoral Fellow, Racheal worked with Dan Blumstein and Seth Riley on the effects of fire on mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Rachel’s past research has focused on how disturbance patterns influence the movement, food webs and community assembly of highly mobile predators (bats, owls, raptors) in regions prone to fire and drought. After completing her PhD at University of New South Wales, Australia, she has worked with University of Idaho, University of Missouri and The Institute for Bird Populations.


ucla la kretz 2021 annual lecture

UCLA La Kretz 2021 Annual Lecture

This event celebrates ten years of conservation research, featuring 3 minute lightening talks by each of our 13 past, current, and future La Kretz postdoctoral fellows. The presentations are followed…

Recent Publications

SARS-CoV-2: Cross-scale Insights from Ecology and Evolution

Snedden, C.E., Makanani, S.K., Schwartz, S.T., Gamble, A., Blakey, R. V., Borremans, B., Helman, S.K., Espericueta, L., Valencia, A., Endo, A., Alfaro, M.E., Lloyd-Smith, J.O.

Published Work | 2021 | Trends Microbiol. 29, 593–605