Lee B. Kats, professor of biology and Frank R. Seaver Chair in Natural Science, has taught at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California for twenty-six years. He currently serves as the associate provost for research. He received his Ph.D. in animal ecology from the University of Kentucky in 1990. He has published numerous research articles on amphibian ecology and conservation ecology and has served on the Board of Editors for the scientific journal Conservation Biology since 1996.
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. His current research is on the causes of amphibian declines in Southern California. He and his students focus their studies on the effects of ultra-violet radiation, wildfire, and the introduction of exotic predators on amphibians.