Dr. Lee Kats' current research is focused on the ecology and conservation biology of stream animals. This includes examining possible causes of amphibian decline. He and his students focus their studies on the effects of ultraviolet radiation, wildfire, and the introduction of exotic species. He has a significant background in the areas of animal behavior, conservation, animal ecology, tropical biology, and stream ecology. Dr. Kats 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 taught at Pepperdine for over 30 years. He currently serves as the Vice Provost of the University, as well as a professor of biology. Dr. Kats has published numerous research articles on amphibian ecology and conservation ecology, served on the Board of Editors for the scientific journal Conservation Biology since 1996, and the editorial board of Hydrobiologia, the European scientific journal on freshwater biology, since 2000. To learn more about Dr. Kats' current research with Pepperdine students, visit the Behavioral Ecology Research Laboratory website.
- BA, Biology, Calvin College, 1984
- PhD, Biology, University of Kentucky, 1989
- Clark, M. A., Ota, W. M., Smith, S. J., Muramoto, B. K., Ngo, S., Chan, G. E., Kenyon, M. A., Sturtevant, M. C., Diamond, M. G., Bucciarelli, G. M., & Kats, L. B. 2022. A natural experiment identifies an impending ecological trap for a neotropical amphibian in response to extreme weather events. Ecology and Evolution, 12, e8848 https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.8848.
- Bucciarelli, G.M., M. Lechner*, A. Fontes*, L.B. Kats and H.B. Shaffer. 2021. From poison to promise: the evolution of tetrodotoxin and its potential as a therapeutic. Toxins 13:517 https://doi.org/10.3390/toxins13080517.
- Kovalenko, K.E., F.M. Pelicice, L.B. Kats, J. Kotta and S.M. Thomaz. 2021. Aquatic invasive species: introduction to the special issue and dynamics of public interest. Hydrobiologia 848:1939-1953.
- Bucciarelli, G.M., M.A. Clark*, K.S. Delaney, S.P.D. Riley, H.B. Shaffer, R.N. Fisher, R.L. Honeycutt and L.B. Kats. 2020. Amphibian responses in the aftermath of extreme climate events. Scientific Reports 10:3409. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-60122-2.
- Bucciarelli, G.M., D Suh*, A. Davis*, D. Roberts, D. Sharpton, H.B. Shaffer, R.N. Fisher and L.B. Kats. 2019. Assessing effects of non-native crayfish on mosquito survival. Conservation Biology https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13198.
- D.A Miller, E.H. Campbell Grant, E. Muths, S.M. Amburgey, M.J. Adams, M.B. Joseph, J. Hardin Waddle, P.T.J. Johnson, M.E. Ryan, B.R. Schmidt, D.L. Calhoun, C.L. Davis, R.N. Fisher, D.M. Green, B.R. Hossack, T.A.G. Rittenhouse, S.C. Walls, L.L. Bailey, S.S. Cruickshank, G.M. Fellers, T.A. Gorman, C.A. Haas, W. Hughson, D.S. Pilliod, S.J. Price, A.M. Ray, W.Sadinksi, D. Saenz, W.J. Barishivich, A.Brand, C.S. Brehme, R. Dagit, K.S. Delaney, B.M. Glorioso, L.B. Kats, P.M. Kleeman, C.A. Pearl, C.J. Rochester, S.P.D. Riley, M. Roth and B.H. Sigafus. 2018. Quantifying climate sensitivity and climate-driven change in North American amphibian communities. Nature Communications https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-06157-6.
- Havel, J.E., S.M. Thomaz, L.B. Kats, K.E. Kovalenko and L.N. Santos. 2018. Invasive species II: Preface. Hydrobiologia https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10750-018-3635-7.
- Ota*, W.M., B. Olsen*, G.M. Bucciarelli, and L.B. Kats. 2018. The effect of newt toxin on an invasive snail. Hydrobiologia https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-018-3568-1.
- Velasco, M.A., I. Berkunsky, M.V. Simoy, S. Quiroga, G.M. Bucciarelli, L.B. Kats and F. P. Kacoliris. 2018. The rainbow trout is affecting the occupancy of native amphibians in Patagonia. Hydrobiologia https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-017-3450-6.
To learn more about Dr. Kats' current research with Pepperdine Students, visit the Behavioral Ecology Research Laboratory website at: https://seaver.pepperdine.edu/behavioral-ecology-research-lab
- Keck Foundation: 2011-2015. "Developing the Undergraduate Scholars"
- Frank R. Seaver Chair in Natural Science 2000-present
- National Park Service and U.S. Geological Survey: 2009. "Survey of Flora and Fauna of National Parks" (co-P.I.s-Lee Kats, Tom Vandergon, Rodney Honeycutt, Stephen Davis, Karen Martin)
- Santa Monica Bay Restoration Project: 2003-2006. "Trancas Creek Restoration" (co-P.I.s- Lee Kats and the Mountains Restoration Trust)
- National Science Foundation Grant: 2000-2002. REU: Undergraduate Research in Biology (co-P.I.s- Steven Davis, Lee Kats, Tom Vandergon and Karen Martin)
- On-Camera Interview and Profile: "Stories of the Bay - inspired tales from Santa Monica Bay" Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation
- Amphibian ecology
- Conservation biology
- Stream ecology
- Tropical forest ecology
- Tropical Forest Ecology
- BIOL 109: Introduction to Animal Behavior
- BIOL 311: Introduction to Ecology
- BIOL 340: Natural History of Vertebrates
- BIOL 360: Environmental Politics and Policy
- MATH 317: Laboratory for Statistics and Experimental Design