Topical Tag: Conservation

The Magazine

Center for Tropical Research celebrates 20 years of science and conservation

Since its founding in 1997, the center has made important environmental discoveries in more than 45 countries on four continents, publishing more than 300 academic articles. Its work ranges from studying the ecology and conservation of migratory bird populations in North, Central and South America to how biodiversity in generated and maintained in the rainforests...


Lecture Series

Fossils as a Tool for Marine Restoration: Old Shells Provide New Insights For Santa Monica Bay

UCLA La Kretz Center 9th Annual Lecture


One of the great challenges in conservation biology is discovering ‘what was natural’ before human impacts. This problem is especially pressing in marine systems where biological monitoring and other records are brief or lacking. Dr. Susan Kidwell has been tackling this problem in our Southern California marine ecosystems by treating the shells acquired during marine...

Lecture Series

Will Farmed Fish Save Our Oceans, Delight Our Palates, and Provide Healthy Food for All?

The Conservation Science, Economics and Operations of Aquaculture


NOTE: THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. PLEASE WATCH THE LIVE STREAM HERE. Current projections estimate that the global population will surpass nine billion people by 2050 and total food demand will approximately double. Seafood is a major source of protein in many regions, but over 80 percent of the world’s fisheries are depleted or fished beyond capacity. Aquaculture—rearing...


Luke Browne

Postdoctoral Fellow

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Luke Browne

Postdoctoral Researcher

UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science

Heidy Contreras

Assistant Professor

Department of Biology, University of La Verne

M. Sanjayan

M. Sanjayan

Visiting Researcher

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability


Assessment and Revitalization of the Boneyard at Sage Hill for Mixed Use Purposes

The Boneyard at Sagehill The Urban Nature Laboratory team will be focusing on three main objectives this year. Firstly, we will be conducting research and reaching out to other institutions and facilities to develop improvement and management strategies for the Sagehill/Boneyard site. Secondly, we will conduct surveys and interviews of targeted faculty members, staff, and students to gauge how...


Turtles of the World: Annotated Checklist and Atlas of Taxonomy, Synonymy, Distribution, and Conservation Status (8th Ed.)

Turtle Taxonomy Working Group [A. G. J. Rhodin,, J. B. Iverson, R. Bour, U. Fritz, A. Georges, H. B. Shaffer, and P. P. van Dijk]

Published Work | 2017 | Chelonian Research Monographs 7: 292 pp.

Evaluating the Effects of Turf-Replacement Programs in Los Angeles County

Stephanie Pincetl, Thomas W. Gillespie, Diane Pataki, Erik Porse, Shenyue Jia, Erika Kidera, Nick Nobles, Janet Rodriguez, Dong-ha Choi

Progress Report | 2017

In the News



UCLA study reveals Southern California salt marshes in state of decline

“We still have a few decades before marshes begin to disappear quickly… the most important thing would be to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to help reduce the amount of warming that leads to sea level rising,” stated Richard Ambrose, faculty member, to the Daily Bruin about a study he co-authored.



With sea level rise, a major California ecosystem faces extinction if we don’t act

“After years of intensive surveying and modeling of topography, vegetation and sedimentology of marshes from the Tijuana Estuary in California to the Port Susan Bay Estuary in northern Washington, my colleagues and I reached a sobering conclusion: The entire ecosystem faces extinction.” – IoES faculty member Glen MacDonald to the Sacramento Bee.



California and Oregon Salt Marshes Could Disappear By Turn of Century, Study Says

The Weather Channel discussed an article written by researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and UCLA (including IoES faculty members Glen MacDonald and Richard Ambrose) that found tidal wetlands in California and Oregon are vulnerable to sea level rise and salt marshes could disappear by the end of the century.


Open for business in the Congo rainforest

Recently, crew of college students from UCLA and Cameroon left convenience behind and plunged into the rainforest. Their objective: reopen a field station that had been shuttered for two decades, while taking the pulse of local wildlife. Through their efforts and a project from UCLA’s Congo Basin Institute, the Bouamir research station is again open...