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Lee Kats, Ph.D.

Lee Kats, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology
Vice Provost For Research and Strategic Initiatives

Contact Information

Phone: (310) 506-4310
School: Seaver College
Location: Malibu

Areas of Expertise

  • Amphibian ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • Tropical forest and stream ecology

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Dr. Lee Kats' current research is on the causes of amphibian decline in Southern California. He and his students focus their studies on the effects of ultraviolet radiation, wildfire and the introduction of exotic species. He has significant background in the areas of animal behavior, conservation, animal ecology, tropical biology and stream ecology. He conducts most of his research in the Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California; however, he also leads classes and conducts research in Costa Rica and Argentina. 

Dr. Kats has published numerous research articles on amphibian ecology and conservation ecology. He has served on the Board of Editors for the scientific journal Conservation Biology since 1996 and recently joined the editorial board of the European scientific journal on freshwater biology, Hydrobiologia.

Dr. Kats in the News


Ph.D., Biology, University of Kentucky

B.A., Biology, Calvin College