the Shaffer Lab at UCLA
applying evolutionary, ecological & conservation theory to real world organisms
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.
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 (2014) 87–93 PDF
Kats, LB, Bucciarelli, G, Schlais, DE, Blaustein, AR, and Han, BA. (2012) Ultraviolet Radiation Influences Perch Selection by a Neotropical Poison-dart Frog. 7(12): e51364. 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. PDF