La Kretz Center

At the La Kretz Center, we help preserve California’s biodiversity and ecosystems through research, education and public programs. We supply the scientific research needed to inform management actions to protect and restore California’s fragile biodiversity resources.

“Doing Science That Conserves California Biodiversity”


La Kretz Center Welcomes New Postdoc

La Kretz Center Postdoc Alexandria Pivovaroff studies climate change and its interaction with drought. The goal of her project is to understand the effect of "hotter drought" on woody plant species and relate this to fire risk in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Brad Shaffer Receives Teaching Award

La Kretz Center Director Brad Shaffer is the 2015 recipient of the Meritorious Teaching Award in Herpetology