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.
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 1, 2014. Please click here for more information.
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.
The Center for Tropical Research published a paper in the peer-reviewed public health journal Emerging Infectious Diseases predicting likely hotspots for reassortment based on research locations where bird flu outbreaks, human flu outbreaks and swine populations overlapped.
UCLA Newsroom, March 2013.
UCLA-led team predicts China, Egypt could be new-flu hot spots. LA Times, March 2013.
(Tom Smith, CTR director is quoted.)
14 sick, 5 dead as new bird flu moves beyond birds, threatens people. LA Times, April 2013.
(Trevon Fuller, a CTR research fellow is quoted.)
Bridging the sciences and the humanities, UCLA scholars consider how we might counteract “business as usual” and imagine new possibilities for a more equitable and sustainable future. Kevin Njabo, Center for Tropical Research Africa Director, will be participating.
An Oppenheim Lecture featuring Dr. Thomas B. Smith Director, Professor and Director of the Center for Tropical Research, will be held on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM in the Lenart Auditorium of the Fowler Museum at UCLA. Click here to RSVP by April 23.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.)
Birdsnews.com. October 2013. Tom Smith, CTR director is quoted.
The LA Times published an op-ed by Center for Tropical Research Director Tom Smith about the country's conservation challenges and actions needed to protect the region's natural resources.
The Guardian published a letter to the editor from Center for Tropical Research Director Tom Smith about biodiversity loss resulting from this illegal practice.
Dr. Thomas Smith sets up mist nets to catch birds at the Njuma Camp of the Ebo Forest.
A short introduction to the research of how the Reunion gray white-eye has diversified into different plumage forms in different parts of the small island of Reunion, in the South Indian Ocean.
Coverage from the National Cameroon TV station (CRTV) reporting on the goals and expectations of the Science and Policy Workshop, held as part of the National Science Foundation's (NSF, United States of America) Partnerships in Research and Education (PIRE).
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