The UCLA La Kretz Center will lead a $10 million California conservation project in a state-funded initiative that will provide officials with the scientific basis for confronting climate change. “This project has the potential to revolutionize how we manage our land,” said Bradley Shaffer, a UCLA distinguished professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and director of UCLA’s La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science. “We will apply state-of-the-art techniques to California’s most pressing conservation problems and provide government agencies with the best scientific data to make informed decisions as California’s climate continues to undergo rapid change.”

To initiate the California Conservation Genomics Project (CCGP) and prioritize the most effective ways to meet its goals, our first official activity was a campus-wide ad hoc planning meeting held on September 5, 2019 at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center. The meeting brought together 53 invitees and UCLA staff members, with representation from each of the ten UC campuses, federal and state agencies and conservation NGOs to contribute their thoughts on several key topics for the CCGP.

Call for applications for Associate Director position. Applicants are encouraged to apply before 10 December 2019.

Download Session Notes from the Project Design Planning Meeting for the California Conservation Genomics Project held at UCLA on September 5, 2019

View slides from Brad Shaffer’s opening presentation
(includes a timeline of meetings and events leading to the successful funding of the CCGP).