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.
Members of the CAB Alliance, including CTR's Thomas Smith, will be teaching an undergraduate summer field course in Gamba, Gabon. Gamba is an amazing site, written up in National Geographic, where forest elephants walk the beaches and hippos surf in the ocean. Interested students can click the link for more information.
Recent research performed by several CTR faculty, including Thomas Smith and Ryan Harrigan, closely examined West Nile Virus (WNV) and its effects on the survival of avian populations. By using models of WNV risk and mark-recapture data of avian species, it was discovered that this disease can have persistent effects on avian populations even after its initial introduction to North America.
The Grammy Museum, the California Science Center, and Global Wildlife Conservation are collaborating together to host the Earth in Concert: Protecting the Planet through Music exhibit where musicians and scientists are partnering up to tell the story of biodiversity issues in earth's ecosystems. Paul Barber, a CTR Faculty Affiliate member, will be one of the featured scientists at the exhibit working in parallel with Jack Johnson, a Grammy winning artist.
Researchers will use a $600,000 donation from First Solar to create “genoscape” maps of migratory bird populations
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.
A new World Bank Group report says that climate change could impoverish 100 million people worldwide. CTR Director, Thomas Smith, was interviewed in this article and provides his perspective on the topic.
CTR Assistant Adjunct Professor and co-author on a recently published paper in PNAS, Ryan Harrigan was interviewed about survival rates of bird species after the introduction of West Nile virus.
"West Nile virus still wiping out birds across North America" by Virginia Morell. Science Magazine, November 2015.
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.
Video from Center for Tropical Research and First Solar Inc, describing a new partnership, the Bird Genoscape Project, that will assist conservation efforts for migratory birds.
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.
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