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.
Innovative research at the interface with California conservation and management agencies.
Explore the Santa Monica Mountains, and interact with scientists working to protect local habitats and species.
Short and long-term accommodations for researchers, and space for meetings and small classes.
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.
La Kretz Center Director Brad Shaffer is the 2015 recipient of the Meritorious Teaching Award in Herpetology