• Center for Tropical Research
  • Center for Tropical Research
  • Center for Tropical Research
  • Center for Tropical Research
  • Center for Tropical Research

Mission

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.

CBFP welcomes UCLA

Congo Basin Forest Partnership Welcomes UCLA

On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, the U.S. Department of State Facilitation Team of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) welcomed the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as one of its newest partners, along with Drexel University and the University of Maryland. For more information on the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP), please visit pfbc-cbfp.org.

CSIC Expeditions

In the Field: Junco Birds

CTR Senior Research Fellow Milá Borja has been studying juncos throughout Colorado as part of his work for the Spanish National Museum of Natural Sciences. More updates from his field expeditions are available here.

Betty and E.P. Franklin Grant Awardees Announced

Betty and E.P. Franklin Grant Awardees Announced

The awardees of the Betty and E.P. Franklin Grant in Tropical Biology and Conservation are Sarah Joy Bittick, Charlie de la Rosa, Tyler McCraney, and Kathryn Peiman. You can read more about them here.

Climate change a likely culprit in coqui frog's altered calls

Climate change a likely culprit in coqui frog's altered calls

According to research by UCLA professor Peter Narins, CTR Faculty Affiliate and Steering Committee member, Puerto Rican coqui frogs have decreased in size by 10 percent over 23 years, probably as a result of climate change. Their smaller size means the coquis' calls are higher in pitch, which will likely cause a decrease in their reproductive success.

UCLA forges new partnership to promote the conservation and responsible management of the Congo Basin's tropical forests

UCLA forges new partnership to promote the conservation and responsible management of the Congo Basin's tropical forests

The University of California, Los Angeles has officially joined the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP). By doing so, UCLA affirms that their activities in Africa are consistent with the very principles within the cooperation framework of CBFP members to advance sustainable management of forest ecosystems and conservation of biodiversity in Central Africa.

Prescriptive Evolution to Conserve and Manage Biodiversity

A paper by CTR Director Thomas B. Smith, Michael T. Kinnison, Sharon Y. Strauss, CTR Research entitled "Prescriptive Evolution to Conserve and Manage Biodiversity" has been published in the Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics.

Applying evolutionary biology to address global challenges

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 role for migration-linked genes and genomic islands in divergence of a songbird

A paper by CTR Senior Researcher Kristen Ruegg, CTR Senior Research Fellow Eric C. Anderson, Jason Boone, Jazz Pouls, and CTR director Thomas B. Smith entitled "A role for migration-linked genes and genomic islands in divergence of a songbird" has been published in Molecular Ecology.

Integrative tracking methods elucidate the evolutionary dynamics of a migratory divide

A paper by CTR researchers Allison H. Alvarado, Trevon L. Fuller, and Thomas B. Smith entitled "Integrative tracking methods elucidate the evolutionary dynamics of a migratory divide" has been published in Ecology and Evolution.

Lushness of African rainforest fading due to prolonged drought

Lushness of African rainforest fading due to prolonged drought

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.

Center for Tropical Research scientists collaborate with centers for disease control to track spread of deadly bird virus

Center for Tropical Research scientists collaborate with centers for disease control to track spread of deadly bird virus

Center for Tropical Research scientists have developed a risk model using H7N9 outbreaks in eastern China from March-May 2013 along with satellite and transportation data, which correctly predicted the introduction of H7N9 into Guangxi autonomous region in southeastern China, Jilin province in northeastern China, and Macau in southeastern China in early 2014. We believe that by forecasting viral spread up to six months in advance, this approach gives decision-makers enough time to implement control measures such as closing live bird markets, potentially blocking transmission into susceptible areas.

A continental risk assessment of West Nile virus under climate change

A continental risk assessment of West Nile virus under climate change

A team of researchers from the Center for Tropical Research at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, led by Ryan Harrigan, Ph.D., has created the first North American model to help predict where the West Nile virus may occur under present and future climate change scenarios. Their analyses also identify current and future hotspots of West Nile virus transmission and present an important new approach for monitoring the risk of this and other vector-borne diseases.

Center for Tropical Research publication receives award for excellence in tropical biology and conservation

Center for Tropical Research publication receives award for excellence in tropical biology and conservation

The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation and Biotropica selected “Mating Behavior Drives Seed Dispersal by the Long-wattled Umbrellabird Cephalopterus penduliger” by Jordan Karubian, Renata Durães, Jenny Storey, & Thomas Smith for the honor.

West Nile Virus: Mosquitoes and Other 'Pests'

West Nile Virus: Mosquitoes and Other “Pests”

KCRW interview with CTR Postdoctoral Research Fellow Ryan Harrigan on the record outbreak of West Nile virus in Orange County.

'Assisted migration' may save some species from climate change doom

'Assisted migration' may save some species from climate change doom

Los Angeles Times Op-Ed by CTR Director and Founder Thomas B. Smith on one form of prescriptive evolutionary management.

Man-Made Evolution Is Happening -- It's Time to Control It

Man-Made Evolution Is Happening -- It's Time to Control It

Article about recently-published Science paper on solving global challenges through evolution.

It's Time to Take Evolution Into Our Own Hands

It's Time to Take Evolution Into Our Own Hands

Huffington Post interview with CTR Director and Founder Tom Smith on prescriptive evolution.

How evolutionary principles could help save our world

How evolutionary principles could help save our world

The National Science Foundation published a press release about the work of 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 on the applications of evolutionary biology to address global challenges.

Failing to grasp dire consequences of Africa's wildlife trade

Hidden bird migrations revealed by DNA

The work of CTR researchers Kristen Ruegg, Eric Anderson, Sirena Lao, and CTR director Thomas Smith on tracking birds using genomic markers in DNA has been featured in Science magazine.

Failing to grasp dire consequences of Africa's wildlife trade

Failing to grasp dire consequences of Africa's wildlife trade

The South China Morning Post published a letter from Center for Tropical Research Senior Research Fellow Timothy Bonebrake about the effects of the demand for ivory in Hong Kong and China on wildlife in the Congo Basin.

Study Finds Less Green in the Congo Rain Forest

Study Finds Less Green in the Congo Rain Forest

New York Times, April 2014. Scientists say a long drought that has affected trees in Central Africa could help them understand how global warming may harm vegetation. Featuring research by Sassan Saatchi, Center for Tropical Research Senior Research Fellow.

More Press Coverage

NASA Finds Drought May Take Toll on Congo Rainforest. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, April 2014.

Drought in the Congo Basin. Nature News & Views, April 2014.

Is West Nile virus coming to your town? UCLA releases first risk-assessment predictions

Is West Nile virus coming to your town? UCLA releases first risk-assessment predictions

CTR researchers have created a model to help predict where the disease may occur under future climate change. Their findings were published Feb. 27 in the journal Global Change Biology.

More Press Coverage

Thanks to Climate Change, West Nile Virus Could Be Your New Neighbor. Time Magazine, February 2014.

Study: West Nile virus cases likely to increase in Calif. 89.9 KPCC, February 2014.
(Ryan Harrigan, a CTR research fellow is interviewed.)

Congo Basin Institute

Congo Basin Institute

Video about the Congo Basin Institute, dedicated to finding solutions to the interconnected issues of climate change, human disease, food and water security, and loss of biodiversity. A version with French subtitles is also available.

African International Meeting on Malaria and Related Haemosporidian Parasites of Wildlife

IRTC - African International Meeting on Malaria and Related Haemosporidian Parasites of Wildlife

A student researcher's reaction to the NSF-sponsored Research Coordination Network for Haemosporida (Malaria RCN)'s African workshop in Yaoundé, Cameroon, with students from Cameroon, Nigeria, and Ghana in attendance.

PIRE Workshops in Cameroon

Challenges to Conserving the Congo Basin Rainforest

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.

PIRE Workshops in Cameroon

NSF PIRE Workshop in Yaoundé, Cameroon

Coverage of the professional development workshop focused on empowering young local researchers to track and analyze the genetic diversity of the Congo Basin in the face of climate change, which was held as part of the National Science Foundation's (NSF, United States of America) Partnerships in Research and Education (PIRE). CTR director Thomas Smith, associate director Kevin Njabo, and steering committee member Hilary Godwin are featured in this video, which can also be viewed in French.

CABAlliance - Mist Netting Birds in Ebo Forest, Cameroon

CABAlliance - Mist Netting Birds in Ebo Forest, Cameroon

Dr. Thomas Smith sets up mist nets to catch birds at the Njuma Camp of the Ebo Forest.

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The Center for Tropical Research, located on the third floor of La Kretz Hall, is part of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at the University of California, Los Angeles. For general inquiries, contact Christa Gomez, CTR Office Manager, at 310-206-6234, or by email at cgomez@lifesci.ucla.edu. Visitors are always welcome.

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