La Kretz Center

Welcome to the La Kretz Center

Our mission is to 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. We welcome new partners and collaborators, and invite you to join us in achieving our goals.

The La Kretz Center was made possible by a generous gift from Morton La Kretz.

“Doing Science That Conserves California Biodiversity”

With new funding from the state of California and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, we are developing a radical new genomic toolkit to learn more about how desert tortoises use their habitat and how to avoid conflicts with green energy projects in the Mojave Desert.

Learn more about our desert tortoise research >>

In conjunction with its partners in the National Park Service, California State Parks, and Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, the La Kretz Center is developing collaborative research priorities that directly support management of conserved lands.

Santa Monica Mountains Cooperative Research Program 2013-14 Priorities

Every year, the UCLA La Kretz Conservation Genomics Workshop and the La Kretz Annual Lecture bring to Los Angeles renowned thinkers, researchers and leaders who can educate and inspire our audience, and ourselves, on conservation science. We are also proud to co-sponsor speakers in the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology seminar series.

Our postdoctoral fellowship program supports scholars who simultaneously conduct innovative research and interface with the conservation and management agencies that direct and lead California conservation.

Meet our new postdoc >>

The La Kretz Center supports field and laboratory-based research projects that address fundamental problems with direct management implications for conservation science in California. Although we do not limit the geographic scope or academic discipline of the work we fund, we are particularly interested in projects that are centered on southern California problems and their solutions.

Learn about the recipients of our graduate student small grant awards >>

Second Annual Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded in partnership with the NPS and NHMLA

Second Annual Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded in partnership with the NPS and NHMLA

UCLA La Kretz Center partners with the US National Park Service and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County to hire Postdoctoral Fellows

UCLA/La Kretz Annual Workshop in Conservation Genomics

UCLA/La Kretz Annual Workshop in Conservation Genomics

Each year, the La Kretz Center sponsors this hands-on workshop, held jointly at our Field Station and Stunt Ranch. Our goal is to provide training and access to the most current issues and techniques in population genomics, and how these tools can be applied to pressing conservation problems.

La Kretz Annual Lectures

View videos from our four previous annual lectures

​Daniel Simberloff

2014 Lecture Video

Biological invasions: What’s new, and why the controversy

5th Annual La Kretz Public Lecture by Professor Daniel Simberloff, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville presented May 4, 2014 at the UCLA La Kretz Center for for California Conservation Science

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