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