To understand the biotic processes that underlie and maintain the diversity of life in the tropics and to advance conservation efforts that protect species and their habitats.
Researchers will use a $600,000 donation from First Solar to create “genoscape” maps of migratory bird populations
Kristen Ruegg, in a podcast discussing a new technique for assessing the migratory connectivity of bird populations, which they have dubbed, the Bird Genoscape Project.
Led by CTR Director, Tom Smith, UCLA has partnered with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Yaounde, Cameroon to form UCLA's first foreign affiliate, the Congo Basin Institute. CBI's inauguration was held on June 20, 2015.
Applications for the Betty and E.P. Franklin Grant in Tropical Biology and Conservation are now being accepted. UCLA graduate students planning tropical fieldwork are encouraged to apply before May 3, 2015. Please click here for more information.
A paper by Štěpán Janeček, Michael Bartoš, and CTR researcher Kevin Y. Njabo was published in the Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society. The article relates sunbird-_Impatiens_ pollination systems in Africa to those of hummingbirds in the New World.
A paper by CTR researchers Brenda Larison, Ryan Harrigan, Tom Smith and colleagues was published in the journal Royal Society Open Science offering new theories to this often debated question.
A paper by CTR Research Fellow Scott P. Carroll, Peter Sogard Jorgensen, Michael T. Kinnison, Carl T. Bergstrom, R. Ford Denison, Peter Gluckman, CTR Director Thomas B. Smith, Sharon Y. Strauss, and Bruce E. Tabashnik entitled "Applying evolutionary biology to address global challenges" has been published in Science Express, Science's repository of electronic publications in advance of print.
A new analysis by NASA, published in Nature, indicates a lengthy drought may take a toll on the Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world. Center for Tropical Research Senior Research Fellow Sassan Saatchi co-authored the study.
An interview with CTR Director, Tom Smith, discussing our newly launched Bird Genoscape Project.
CTR Adjunct Professor, Ryan Harrigan was interviewed about the California drought and its impacts on mosquitos and West Nile Virus.
The National Science Foundation featured the Center for Tropical Research study, "Effects of Deforestation on the Prevalence of Blood-Borne Pathogens in African Rainforest Birds."
The story was also featured on the News page of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.
The work of CTR affiliates and members of CABA Mary Katherine Gonder, Matt Mitchell, and Paul Sesink Clee about the troubling effects of climate change on the highly endangered Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee subspecies has been featured in DrexelNow, published by the Drexel University's Office of University Communications.
"Endangered chimp habitat under threat from climate change" by John C. Cannon. mongabay.com, January 2015.
Video from the National Science Foundation website about the Central African Biodiversity Alliance (CABA), an international partnership of scientists, students, and policy makers working to build a framework to conserve biodiversity in Central Africa.
An Oppenheim Lecture presented by CTR Director Thomas B. Smith, describing the Center is leveraging the best available science to identify new protected areas in the face of resource extraction and climate change, the Congo Basin Institute, and a new intiative in Cameroon to reduce global emissions by avoiding deforestation in Cameroon, using emissions fees paid by climate gas emitters in the developed world.
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