Annual Public Lecture

Funded by a generous donation from Morton La Kretz, the Annual Lecture brings to Los Angeles renowned thinkers, researchers and leaders who can educate and inspire our audience, and ourselves, on conservation science. This yearly lecture takes place in the city of Malibu, one of the most stunning locales in the Santa Monica Mountains, in the heart of the Malibu Creek Watershed.

2016 Lecture

La Kretz Center Discussion: Life in the L.A. River

A discussion presented in partnership with the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum

2016 Lecture

Rethinking the Value of Nature from Education to Health

Dr. Heather Tallis, The Nature Conservancy Acting Chief Scientist, discusses the impact of natural landscapes on human well-being. From students health scores to physical ailments, Dr. Tallis' research indicates that nature has a bigger part in daily life than you would expect.

2015 Lecture


La Kretz Center Discussion: MEOW! A Discussion on Cats

A cat discussion presented by the Natural History Museum of L.A. County in partnership with the UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science

2015 Lecture

Ghost Dogs: Coyotes as Top Predators of the City

Professor Stan Gehrt discusses how coyotes live among millions of people, how they move across the landscape while remaining largely hidden from us, and how they function as predators in the urban ecosystem.

2014 Lecture

​Daniel Simberloff

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

2013 Lecture

David Wake

The Global Amphibian Biodiversity Crisis

Presented by Professor David B. Wake, University of California at Berkeley at the 4th Annual Public Lecture sponsored by the UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science at King Gillette Ranch in Malibu, California.

2012 Lecture

Sylvia Earle

Marine protected areas: Reasons for hope

Presented by Dr. Sylvia Earle, internationally renowned oceanographer, explorer, and author

2011 Lecture

Paul Ehrlich

California, conservation, and the globe: Why we need to close the culture gap and all become Mahbsters

Highlights of the lecture by Paul R. Ehrlich, Stanford University Bing Professor of Population Studies

2010 Lecture

Peter Raven

Why conserving California’s biodiversity matters

Inaugural public lecture by noted biologist Peter Raven