People

The La Kretz Center uses a variety of tools and approaches to achieve our overarching mission: to enable and produce the best possible science and outreach to protect California’s biodiversity.

However, our most important resource is our people. Our Staff work together to organize our activities and bring our results to the broadest possible community. The La Kretz Center receives input and guidance from our Advisory Board, a group of individuals representing both UCLA and our partner organizations. As those partnerships grow and shift over time, the Advisory Board membership also changes to reflect the views of these critical organizations. Our Affiliates are a broader group of conservationists who contribute to the intellectual environment of the Center. Affiliates help us to recruit the best possible postdoctoral scholars to our group, advise us on allocating grants to graduate students, and constitute the core interests and strengths in conservation science that the Center can build upon.

To learn more about our people, follow the links to the individual profiles of the members of our group.

H. Bradley Shaffer
UCLA La Kretz Center Director and Distinguished Professor

Staff

Gary Bucciarelli
Public Outreach Coordinator

Mario Colon
Administrative Assistant

Felicia Federico, D.Env.
Program Manager for Partnerships and Translational Science

Phil Spinks, Ph.D.
Operations Manager and UCLA Staff Research Associate

Advisory Board

Daniel Blumstein
Chair and Professor

Christy Brigham
Chief of Planning, Science, and Resources Management, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

J.R. DeShazo
Professor and Director

Paul Edelman
Chief of Natural Resources and Planning for the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), and Deputy Director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC)

Madelyn Glickfeld
Assistant Director for Outreach and Strategic Initiatives and UCLA Water Resources Group Director

Suzanne Goode
Natural Resource Program Manage

Glen M. MacDonald
IoES Director, UC Presidential Chair, and Distinguished Professor

Philip W. Rundel
Distinguished Professor

Yongwei Sheng
Associate Professor

Victoria L. Sork
Life Sciences Division Dean and Professor

Larry Wan
Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority

Affilates

Mike Alfaro
Associate Professor

Richard F. Ambrose
Professor

Paul Barber
Professor

Daniel Blumstein
Chair and Professor

Christy Brigham
Chief of Planning, Science, and Resources Management, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Luis Chiappe
VP of Research & Collections

J.R. DeShazo
Professor and Director

Paul Edelman
Chief of Natural Resources and Planning for the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), and Deputy Director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC)

Robert E. Espinoza
Professor of Biology, Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles, and Associate Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics

Robert Fisher
Biologist

Peggy Fong
Professor

Thomas Gillespie
Professor

Madelyn Glickfeld
Assistant Director for Outreach and Strategic Initiatives and UCLA Water Resources Group Director

Suzanne Goode
Natural Resource Program Manage

Patricia Gowaty
Distinguished Professor

Greg Grether
Professor

Alex Hall
Professor

Jon Keeley
Adjunct Professor

Jamie Lloyd-Smith
Assistant Professor

Glen M. MacDonald
IoES Director, UC Presidential Chair, and Distinguished Professor

Sergey Nuzhdin
Professor
USC

Greg Pauly
Assistant Curator
LA County Museum of Natural History

Stephanie Pincetl
Director and Professor-in-Residence

Seth Riley
Assistant Adjunct Professor

Philip W. Rundel
Distinguished Professor

Lawren Sack
Professor

Yongwei Sheng
Associate Professor

Victoria L. Sork
Life Sciences Division Dean and Professor

Craig Stanford
Professor
University of Southern California

Thomas Wake
Senior Museum Scientist and Director, Zooarchaeology Lab

Larry Wan
Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority

Robert Wayne
Professor

Pamela Yeh
Assistant Professor

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