"The Scramble for the Amazon" - A Game of Thrones with a Tropical Twist with Professor Susanna Hecht
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Room 2355
"Thomas Smith, an ecologist at UCLA, and his team from the US, UK, Cyprus, and The Netherlands, found that satellite data, combined with traditional field studies, could help them predict the variations in singing by the common little greenbul (Andropadus virens, pictured), a songbird found in many habitats across Africa.
The study, published online in Evolutionary Applications, not only shows how bird songs can vary, but demonstrates how combining satellite data with field studies can trace the evolution and variation of any species. It is also the first study to ever use satellite data to track variation of earth-bound species of animals or plants."
The Central African Biodiversity Alliance is an international partnership that seeks to develop an integrated framework for conserving central African biodiversity under climate change that is both evolutionary-informed and grounded in the socioeconomic constraints of the region. At present, this partnership is funded by the National Science Foundation-Partners in International Research and Education program and the Arcus Foundation.
A fascinating and rare glimpse into the life of drills living on Biokos Island in a film produced by Drexel University for the project.
UCLA Newsroom news release By Alison Hewitt
The Center for Tropical Research publishes a paper on predicting likely hotspots for reassorment based on research locations where bird flu outbreaks, human flu outbreaks and swine populations overlapped.This paper is published in the peer-reviewed public health journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. The news release story was also posted on UCLA Newsroom. More coverage in an LA Times article titled, UCLA-led team predicts China, Egypt could be new-flu hot spotsRelated article:
by Eryn Brown in Los Angeles Times
Trevon Fuller, a research fellow at UCLA's Center for Tropical Research, is quoted in a Los Angeles Times article about the spread of the H7N9 bird flu virus in Shanghai.
"The Global Amphibian Biodiversity Crisis" presented by Professor David B. Wake, University of California at Berkeley
Watch the 4th Annual Public Lecture sponsored by the UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science at King Gillette Ranch in Malibu, California on April 7, 2013.
The Guardian published a letter to the editor from Center for Tropical Research Director Tom Smith about biodiversity loss resulting from this illegal practice.
Professor Thomas B. Smith will head an international research project investigating the effects of climate change on biodiversity in Central Africa's rainforests, under a $4.95 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
A new paradigm for Central Africa - Building a permanent research and training facility in one of the world's most long-suffering regions
The Winter 2013 UCLA College Report featured a profile on the UCLA International Research and Training Center (IRTC) in Yaoundé, Cameroon.