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La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science

Research at the La Kretz Center focuses on preserving California’s unique environments and biodiversity. Through its collaborations with agencies like the National Park Service, California State Parks, and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, the center creates a model of cooperation that can be applied to environmentally sensitive regions around the world.
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Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden / Herbarium

The Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden is a living outdoor museum of about 4000 species of perennial plants originating from countries around the world. This collection, established on campus in 1929, has specimens of many unusual tropical and subtropical groups. The UCLA Herbarium is a research facility housing approximately 190,000 scientific specimens and a research library.
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Molecular Biology Institute (MBI)

The MBI, is made up of 202 faculty members and associates from 27 departments in the College of Letters and Sciences, the School of Medicine, the School of Dentistry, and the School of Engineering. This integration of knowledge, positions the MBI for new discoveries and solutions– leading to the improvement of human health and the health of the world we live in.
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Staglin Center for Cognitive Neuroscience

Research at the Staglin Center for Cognitive Neuroscience focuses on the study of cognition and emotion, and disorders thereof– learning and memory, mood regulation, impulsivity, social cognition, language, vision, and stress sensitivity. Research also includes illnesses that impact these systems, including schizophrenia, bipolar illness, major depression, attention deficit disorder, autism, anxiety disorders, and Alzheimer’s disease.
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Stunt Ranch Ecological Reserve

The Stunt Ranch Santa Monica Mountains Reserve is a 310-acre biological field station, contributing to the understanding and better management of natural ecosystems. The mission of the Reserve is to support university-level teaching, research, and public service at Stunt Ranch, and other protected natural areas in the heavily urbanized Los Angeles area. To date, faculty and graduate student researchers have initiated 73 research projects at Stunt Ranch, leading to 160 peer-reviewed publications.
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