Samantha Catella, Ph.D.

Samantha Catella is fascinated by the causes and consequences of spatial variation in plant communities. As a La Kretz Postdoc, she collaborated with The Nature Conservancy, California Botanic Gardens, Pomona College, and multiple natural resource agencies throughout the city of Los Angeles to bring a spatial perspective to urban ecology. Specifically, her research investigated how spatial heterogeneity in multiple anthropogenic disturbances has affected the population structure and local adaptation of California buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum) at the urban-wildland interface.
Samantha received her PhD in 2019 from Case Western Reserve University, and completed her first postdoc at the University of Pittsburgh in 2021. Samantha is currently resident in Ohio, where she is continuing her work on La Kretz conservation projects while exploring new options in the Buckeye State.



The 2023 UCLA La Kretz Center Public Lecture

It was an honor to have guest lecturer Dr. Jennifer Norris at the 2023 UCLA La Kretz Center Public Lecture to speak about her work leading California’s 30×30 Initiative and…


Local adaptation to urban stressors in native plants

Restoration of coastal sage scrub communities is important for the conservation of native biodiversity in urban areas of Southern California. A key species of coastal sage scrub, California buckwheat (Eriogonum…

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