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 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.
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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.)
Professor Thomas B. Smith will head an international research project investigating the effects of climate change on biodiversity in Central Africa's rainforests, under a $4.95 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
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.
Thomas Smith, an ecologist at UCLA, and his team from the US, UK, Cyprus, and The Netherlands, found that satellite data, combined with traditional field studies, could help them predict the variations in singing by the common little greenbul (Andropadus virens, pictured), a songbird found in many habitats across Africa.
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.
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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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