The La Kretz Center supports field and laboratory-based research projects that address fundamental problems with direct management implications for conservation science in California.
For the 2013-2014 academic year, the La Kretz Center is proud to fund nine outstanding graduate student projects for a total of $10,000. The La Kretz graduate student grant program funds research that addresses important issues in basic environmental sciences amd simultaneously fulfills our mission of working to preserve California’s biological and ecological diversity. To learn more about the projects and students that we fund, follow the links below to a short summary of each project.
The La Kretz Center’s graduate student research grants program is made possible by the generosity of Morton La Kretz, UCLA alumnus and philanthropist.
|Brenton Spies||EEB||The small coastal lagoons associated with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area: closure dynamics, faunal assessment, restoration potential, and endangered species recovery||Project Info|
|Erin Tofelmier||EEB||Patterns of divergence along a gradient of urbanization in the southern alligator lizard, Elgaria multicarinata||Project Info|
|Evan McCartney-Melstad||EEB||Using Landscape Genetics to Predict Effects of Pollution on a Threatened California Amphibian||Project Info / Video|
|Jeffrey Lee||EEB||Comparative study of artificial light pollution, noise pollution, and other novel sources of anthropogenic stress on urban-dwelling bird communities||Project Info|
|Katherine Glover||Geography||Understanding past linkages between native vegetation and fire regime in the San Bernardino||Project Info|
|Kevin Neal||EEB||Landscape genomics of the western spadefoot toad, Spea hammondii, in Proctor Valley, California||Project Info|
|Marissa Caringella||EEB||The mechanistic influence of traits on response to climate change in California alpine plants||Project Info|
|Rachel Chock||EEB||Effects of competition on reintroduction success of the endangered Pacific pocket mouse||Project Info / Video|
|Gary Bucciarelli||EEB||The effect of invasive crayfish on tetrodotoxin levels in California newts within and between watersheds throughout the Santa Monica Mountains||Project Info|
|Lauren Nicole Brown||Geography||A Long-term Vegetation Reconstruction of Mugu Lagoon, Ventura County|
|Gary Bucciarelli||EEB||The effect of invasive crayfish on tetrodotoxin levels in California newts within and between watersheds throughout the Santa Monica Mountains|
|Marissa Caringella||EEB||Improving prediction of climate change impacts and conservation of alpine plants by including mechanistic influence of traits on modeled responses|
|Rachel Chock||EEB||Effects of competition on reintroduction success of the endangered Pacific pocket mouse|
|Devaughn Fraser||EEB||Assessing the exposure risk and effects of insecticides on free ranging bats|
|Grace John||EEB||Conserving resources by quantifying plant water use and drought tolerance for the Los Angeles urban ecosystem|
|John Mering||Earth and Space Sciences||Changes in the water budget of the Mojave and the drying out of the Southwest: New constraints from the study of ancient deposits|
|Zachary Schakner||EEB||Startling Sea Lions: A Possible Solution for Southern California Fishermen|
|Katherine Willis||Geography||Field validation of baseline land cover maps for SoCA coastal National Parks|