Gary Bucciarelli


I am broadly interested in stream ecology, conservation genetics, the evolution of chemical defenses, and ecological processes occurring at the urban-wildlife interface. My current research is investigating variation in tetrodotoxin levels in California newts, Taricha torosa throughout the Santa Monica Mountains in Los Angeles, CA. I also work in Costa Rica to study the affects of ultraviolet radiation on poison-dart frog behavior.

I can be contacted at garyb at ucla dot edu.

Selected publications

Bucciarelli, G. M. & Kats, L. B. (2015) Effects of newt chemical cues on the distribution and foraging behavior of stream macroinvertebrates. Hydrobiologia 749 69 - 81. (doi: 10.1007/s10750-014-2146-4) PDF

Bucciarelli, G. M., Blaustein, A. R., Garcia, T. S., & Kats, L. B. (2014). Invasion Complexities: The Diverse Impacts of Nonnative Species on Amphibians. Copeia, 4 611 - 632. (doi: 10.1643/OT-14-014) PDF

Bucciarelli, G. M., Li, A., Kats, L. B., & Green, D. B. (2014). Quantifying tetrodotoxin levels in the California newt using a non-destructive sampling method. Toxicon 80 87 - 93. (doi: 10.1016/j.toxicon.2014.01.009) PDF

Kats, L.B., Bucciarelli, G.M., Vandergon, T.L., Honeycutt, R.L., Mattiason, E., Sanders, A., Riley, S.P.D., Kerby, J.L., and Fisher, R.N. (2013) Effects of natural flooding and manual trapping on the facilitation of invasive crayfish-native amphibian coexistence in a semi-arid perennial stream. Journal of Arid Environments. 98 109 - 112. (doi: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2013.08.003) PDF

Kats, LB, Bucciarelli, G, Schlais, DE, Blaustein, AR, and Han, BA. (2012) Ultraviolet Radiation Influences Perch Selection by a Neotropical Poison-dart Frog. PLoS ONE (doi: 10. 137/jounal.pone.0051364) PDF