H. Bradley Shaffer

Distinguished Professor

email:   brad.shaffer@ucla.edu
phone:  310-825-3836
office:   La Kretz Hall, Suite 300
lab:  Terasaki Life Sciences Building, Room 4163

Recent Courses


B.A., Biology, University of California, Berkeley 1976
Ph.D., Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago 1982

Research Interests

Evolutionary biology, ecology and conservation biology of amphibians and reptiles. Recent research projects include comparative phylogeography of amphibians and reptiles in California and the central U.S., systematics of freshwater turtles and tortoises in Australia, California, and the rest of the globe, and conservation genetics of endangered California amphibians and reptiles. Recently, we have focused a great deal of ecological and genetical work on the California tiger salamander, an endangered species native to central California grassland habitat.

In addition to my appointment in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, I am also the Director of the La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science http://www.environment.ucla.edu/lakretz/, a part of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES) http://www.environment.ucla.edu/.

Selected Publications

Shaffer, H. B. (and 58 coauthors), "The western painted turtle genome, a model for the evolution of extreme physiological adaptations in a slowly evolving lineage", Genome Biology, 14 (R28): 1-22 (2013) .

Spinks, P. Q., R, C. Thomson, G. B. Pauly, C. E. Newman, G. Mount and H. B. Shaffer., "Misleading phylogenetic inferences based on single-exemplar sampling in the turtle genus Pseudemys", Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 68 : 269-281 (2013) .

Newman, C. E., J. A. Feinberg, L. J. Rissler, J. Burger, and H. B. Shaffer. 2012. 63:445-455., "A new species of leopard frog (Anura: Ranidae) from the urban northeastern US", Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 63 : 445-455 (2012) .

Wang, I. J., J. R. Johnson, B. B. Johnson and H. B. Shaffer., "Effective population size is strongly correlated with breeding pond size in the endangered California tiger salamander, Ambystoma californiense", Conservation Genetics, 12 : 911-920 (2011) .

Fitzpatrick, B. M., J. R. Johnson, D. K. Kump, J. J. Smith, S. R. Voss and H. B. Shaffer., "Rapid spread of invasive genes into a threatened native species", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 107 : 3606-3610 (2010) .

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